Meatloaf has been an American staple since the Great Depression and World War II. Your grandma or great grandma had to be frugal during those hard times. Meatloaf was a filling, hot meal that didn’t cost much to make and could feed the whole family and still have plenty of leftovers. Meatloaf dates to the early 15th century. The classic recipe is native to Germany, Scandinavia, and Belgium. Over the years the original recipe improved and ever since the 19th century, Americans have enjoyed what we consider our traditional meatloaf. The one that mom and grandma used to make. If you want a quick and easy hot meal, look no further than this delicious meatloaf recipe.
This recipe is very simple and even the inexperienced cook will be able to make a delicious meatloaf with it, so be sure to give this recipe a try. It really is a great meal that is quick, cheap and can feed a large family. No wonder it was always on the table growing up. This simple recipe will guide you on how to cook delicious meatloaf. It is great for beginners and is an easy recipe to allow the kids help to make. Your family will love your meatloaf and definitely ask for seconds. It also freezes well and makes a perfect last-minute meal.
- 1 pound of ground beef (you can substitute with ground turkey or ground chicken.)
- ¾ cup of milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 packet of Ritz crackers (The off brand will do just fine.)
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of dry ground mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon of onion powder
- ½ cup of ketchup
- ¼ teaspoon of hot sauce (Add more if you like a little zest.)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. By the time you are done prepping your meatloaf, the oven will be hot and ready to go.
- In a small bowl beat your eggs. Add your milk and whisk together thoroughly.
- In a separate large bowl crush up your crackers. Make sure there are no large pieces. They should be small but not too fine.
- Add your egg and milk mixture to the crushed crackers. Allow it to stand for about 2 minutes to absorb some of the liquid.
- Crumble your ground beef over the cracker mixture. Now add the rest of your ingredients, except the ketchup. Mix together your meat, seasonings and cracker mixture. Make sure you mix it well. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Mixing with a fork or spoon won’t work as well as your hands.
- Once you have it all incorporated and mixed well, you need to shape it. You can use a greased loaf pan or a foil-lined baking sheet. This makes for an easy cleanup. If you don’t use the pan, try to shape your meatloaf into a makeshift loaf.
- Now you need to spread your ketchup that you set aside in the beginning. Spread it on top of your meatloaf. It doesn’t have to look pretty and it probably won’t. Just make sure the top is completely covered.
- Your meatloaf is now ready to go into the oven. Place your meatloaf on the middle rack of your preheated oven and bake for one hour to an hour and 15 minutes. Oven times may vary, so be sure to test it with a meat thermometer and make sure it reads at least 160°F. Try not to leave it in for too long as this can dry out the meatloaf.
- Once your meatloaf is done carefully take it out of the oven and allow it to rest for at least five minutes or so. Serve with a pile of mashed potatoes and rolls or biscuits, and you’ve got yourself a complete meal.
This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled. One loaf can easily feed a large family. If you have a smaller group to feed just eat what you want and heat up the leftovers for a quick and easy supper the next day. If you double the recipe, you can freeze your extra loaf and have it in the freezer for a last-minute meal. Just pop it in the oven and heat it up. It’s that simple.