Southern Classic Meatloaf
There’s nothing much more comforting than Southern Classic Meatloaf just like Mom’s. This meal alone can mend a broken heart, make a man fall in love with you, make the boss-man go away, and give you a hug from your Mama.
Classic meatloaf was one of the first things I learned to cook. At first, I couldn’t get passed getting my hands yucky, but I soon got over that after I had to get up on Thanksgiving morning and stick my hand up a turkey’s butt. Having said that, meatloaf is quick and easy to make–all you need is onion, bell pepper, egg, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and brown sugar (for the sauce).
What Type of Beef Should I Use for Classic Meatloaf?
Ground beef is available in varying degrees of fat content. Use any grade you like, but be aware that a higher fat beef (80% or less) results in more fatty liquid in the pan. If you use a higher fat beef, place the meatloaf on a cooling rack and place the rack in a baking dish or roasting pan.
Do I Need a Loaf Pan to Cook Classic Meatloaf?
No. Use a baking pan lined with parchment or foil. Just throw the meatloaf mixture out on the pan and shape it into a log. You can use a loaf pan, but I found that the oily residue from the meat sits in the pan right next to the meat. If you use a baking sheet, the residue separates from the meat and you have a more enjoyable (and prettier) meatloaf.
I’ve Read Some Meatloaf Recipes that have Mushrooms, Celery and a Brown Gravy. How Is This Recipe Different?
There are a million different ways to make meatloaf. This recipe is a traditional Southern meatloaf that offers a mild flavor with a bit of tang and sweetness from the sauce. The recipes that include mushrooms and brown gravy will tend to taste more like Salisbury Steak.
- 2½ lb. ground beef
- ¾ cup yellow onions chopped
- ¾ cup green bell peppers chopped
- 1½ cups bread crumbs seasoned or not seasoned
- 2 whole eggs
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cups ketchup
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Combine meat, onion, peppers, eggs, bread crumbs into big bowl; with clean hands, mix ingredients until combined
- Place beef mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet
- Shape meat into rectangular loaf
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until meat has reached 150° internal temperature
- Combine sauce ingredients
- After the meatloaf has baked about 45 minutes, remove meatloaf from oven and spread tomato sauce over the top;
- Return meatloaf to oven for another 10 minutes, or until sauce gets warm.
- Remove from oven; allow meatloaf to sit for a few minutes, then slice and serve
Use this same recipe to make Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs!
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