All-American Meat Loaf Recipe
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All-American Meat Loaf Recipe

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There are loads of variations on meat loaf, but my family loves it when I keep to this stick-to-your-ribs version. —Margie Williams, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 6 slices bread, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar


  1. Saute green pepper and onion in oil in a large skillet until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large bowl; cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Add eggs, milk, bread, cheese, rosemary, salt and pepper to sauteed vegetables. Crumble beef and pork over mixture and mix well.
  3. Pat into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Combine ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar in a small bowl. Spread over tops.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 50-55 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
    Freeze option: Shape meat loaves in plastic wrap-lined loaf pan; cover and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and wrap securely in foil; return to freezer. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap meat loaf and place in pan. Bake, uncovered, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours.or until a thermometer inserted in center to read 160°.
    Yield: 2 loaves (8 servings each).
Originally published as All-American Meat Loaf in Simple & Delicious April/May 2013, p18

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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beatrixkiddo 229783
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"I use this recipe often. I like the use of bread instead of bread crumbs. The ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar mixture for the top is very tasty. I use an Italian seasoning instead of the rosemary. It takes a while longer for mine to reach desired temperature. A good hearty meatloaf."

kckamargo63 220279
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"I've been making meatloaf for years, but it was never as delicious as this recipe's is."

drt531 120597
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"Turned out fantastic, thank you! Froze half the mixture and got two meals and lunches out of all of it!"

MOTCook 127713
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"This was delicious. Usually my husband will not eat leftovers but he has eaten this twice since I made it."

Ceege 199228
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"This is a good meatloaf recipe. I make and freeze these for my husband (I am vegan). The only thing I do different is sub red pepper for the green (preference), use a bit less milk and I make small individual meat loaves. I buy those small disposable aluminum pans, shape and place the meat in them, then wrap well with plastic wrap, then freezer paper and seal tightly. I mark the item, date and also the directions for baking. (They do take a little less time to bake because of small size). It is so simple to pull one from freezer, thaw and bake. With a couple of side dishes he has one of his favorite meals, all fall and winter long."

pajamaangel 198698
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"I thought this recipe was way to wet for my tastes. I like a more firm meat loaf. The taste was just ok as well. There are better meat loaf recipes out there. I wouldn't make this one again."

Vivnewcastle 196413
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

"I loved it, and it was easy to make."

Janlee Siebert 184516
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"Excellent taste and moist!"

UmmJibreel 153256
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"This came out to be very good, as I am eating it right now. I wouldn't change nothing or add anything to it"

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