Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Meatloaf
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    75 min
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This classic recipe for meat loaf is an old-fashioned favorite, made with ground beef or a mixture of beef and pork, oats, and seasonings. Serve this everyday family meatloaf with mashed potatoes and corn or peas for a perfect everyday meal.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or 1 pound lean
  • ground beef and 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 3/4 cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce or ketchup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water or milk

How to Make It

    1. Heat the oven to 375 F.
    2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped celery and onion; cook, stirring, until tender, about 7 to 9 minutes.
    3. In a large bowl, mix ground beef or beef and pork mixture, oats, 1/4 cup of the chili sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, beaten egg, celery and onion mixture, and the water or milk. In a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan, shape meat mixture into a 9-by-5-inch loaf.
    4. Bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Spread the ketchup over the top and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
    5. Using 2 spatulas, carefully move meat loaf to a serving plate and slice.
  • Tips and Variations

    • Double this recipe and make two loaves. Wrap one in foil put it in a zip-close freezer bag, and freeze it for another day.
    • If you grind your own meat, grind it coarsely. Your meatloaf will be moister and more tender.
    • Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
    • After spreading ketchup over the top of the loaf, arrange 4 to 5 slices of cheese on the loaf. Return the meatloaf to the oven to bake for about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
    • You might also like this basic meatloaf with barbecue sauce, or try this bacon-wrapped meatloaf. For something a little different, try these meatloaf muffins or meatloaf sliders.