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Easy Family Pleasing Meatloaf

Ground Beef.   It’s boring all by itself and I have a ton of it in my freezer because we stocked up by purchasing a huge part of a cow from my Father-in-law’s farm.  Smart on my part because I’m a penny pincher, remember (Simple and Frugal Granola).  And not-so-smart, because now I have to become a magician, wave my magic wooden spoon, and make hundreds of dishes out of ground beef that my whole family will eat…and actually ENJOY eating.

My hubs is a man’s man.  He’s a meat and potoates kinda guy.  Hmmmmm, what to  make him???  Then it came to me.  Meatloaf!  Every time I make meatloaf I do something different.  I also tend to find something lacking that needs to be fixed each time.  But not this time!!!  I am happy to report I’ve found a keeper!  And it couldn’t be a more simple recipe.  The key to great meatloaf is to not overmix your ingredients.  Keep it light and fluffy.  Try it and you’ll see the difference!  You’ll have a moist and tender loaf of meat your whole family will scarf down, and will be asking for seconds before you know it!

Easy Family Pleasing Meatloaf

A super simple meatloaf recipe your whole family will enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 Lbs. Ground Beef
1 Egg (lightly beaten)
1 Med. Onion (chopped)
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Dried Bread Crumbs
¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
1 tsp. Parsley
1 Garlic Clove (minced)
1 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
  Topping
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1/3 Cup Favorite BBQ Sauce
¼ tsp. Ground Mustard
 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line a 9×13” baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.  Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, onion, milk, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, parsley, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix thoroughly but with a light, gentle hand.

3. Turn out onto baking pan and form into loaf.

4. In a separate small bowl, combine brown sugar, ketchup, bbq sauce, and ground mustard together.  Mix well.  Pour over the top of the meatloaf.

5. Bake meatloaf for approximately 60-70 minutes or until your meat thermometer, when inserted in the center of the meatloaf, reads 160-165° F.

Tip: After you’ve taken the meatloaf out of the oven, allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes with a foil tent placed over the top of pan before cutting it.  This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meatloaf. 

Makes:  Approx. 8 servings

Serve this Meatloaf up with your favorite potato recipe, like baked, mashed, or even our Cheesy Potato Casserole. Oh and another veggie would round out this meal!