Quick and Easy Meatloaf Recipes

There is something about meatloaf; eating it seems to conjure up feelings of comfort and memories of childhood.  It’s an easy dish to make and just about everyone enjoys it and it’s inexpensive to prepare.  

My meatloaf recipe, well two versions listed here, is easy to make and tastes great hot or as leftovers in sandwiches. 

This is the basic recipe I use.  Depending on the time I have and my energy level I may or may not add in chopped vegetables.  I have listed options at the bottom of this recipe however, so, feel free to make whatever changes you want. 

Basic ingredients.  

1  to 1 and ½ pounds of ground beef, extra lean.

1 egg

Salt, pepper and garlic powder

Ketchup, about 1 cup

Italian flavored breadcrumbs

Dried onions, from the spice section in the grocery store. 

Directions: 

To the meat, mix all the incredients until well blended, saving about ½ a cup of the ketchup for the end. 

Shape the meat mixture in to a loaf pan or any other oven proof dish.  Spread the rest of the ketchup over the meat mixture and sprinkle liberally with garlic powder.   

Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until meat looks cooked through.  

Variations:

To the meat mixture you can add the following: 

Chopped up fresh onion and green peppers. 

Shredded carrots 

Use a package of dry onion soup mix or the dry vegetable soup package. 

Instead of ketchup on top of the meatloaf, use a barbeque sauce, one of your favorites. 

Other options.

 Use ground turkey or chicken in place of the beef. 

Once the meatloaf is cooked, drain any fat and then top with shredded cheddar cheese, bake about 15 minutes more until cheese is lightly browned.  You can also spread left of mashed potatoes on once the meat is cooked and top with cheese. 

You can serve meatloaf with just about anything but it really screams for potatoes.  Serve with mashed potatoes or cut the potatoes in quarters or half the small round potatoes and bake along side the meatloaf.   

This recipe is so simple and easy and the leftovers can be used in a variety of ways, including the popular meatloaf sandwiches.

 Use the leftovers to add to spaghetti in place of meatballs.  

Place frozen vegetables on top of the left over loaf then top with frozen french fries or tator tots and bake until the potatoes are cooked through. 

Use the meatloaf in omelets for a breakfast twist. 

With meatloaf being so easy to prepare, the recipe above takes about 15 minutes only, it should be on every cooks list of comfort foods. 

 
© 2017 Paul Timman