Meat Loaf


Meatloaf is a classic comfort food dish that is made from ground meat, typically beef, mixed with other ingredients such as breadcrumbs, eggs, onions, and seasonings. The mixture is then formed into a loaf shape and baked in the oven until cooked through.

Meatloaf can be made with different types of ground meat, including beef, pork, lamb, or a combination of these. The breadcrumbs and eggs help bind the mixture together, while onions, garlic, and other seasonings add flavor. Some recipes also call for adding other ingredients like grated vegetables, cheese, or bacon to the mixture.

Meatloaf is often served with a savory tomato-based sauce, which is made by combining ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. The sauce is spread over the top of the meatloaf before baking, and it caramelizes as the meatloaf cooks, adding a sweet and tangy flavor to the dish.

Meatloaf is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit individual tastes. It can be made with different types of meat, seasonings, and sauces, and it can be served hot or cold. It is a classic comfort food that is often served for family dinners, potlucks, and other casual gatherings.


PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour and 10 minutes (including baking time)


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried basil


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce until well combined.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a 9×5-inch loaf pan, pressing down to make the top level.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, and dried basil. Spread the mixture evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  6. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


  • You can also add diced carrots, celery, or bell peppers to the meat mixture for added flavor and nutrition.
  • To add more moisture to the meatloaf, you can add a quarter cup of milk or beef broth to the mixture.
  • To make a glaze for the meatloaf, mix together 1/4 cup each of ketchup, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar, and brush it over the top during the last 10 minutes of baking.

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