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Best Meat Loaf Recipe
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Best Meat Loaf Recipe

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If you're like my husband, you enjoy a hearty meat loaf. Everyone who's ever tried it agrees it lives up to its name. This delicious dish doesn't last long!—Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 4 bacon strips
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 394 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 139 mg cholesterol, 1,094 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Combine the milk, eggs and Worcestershire sauce; mix into the beef mixture. Add crumbs.
  2. Grease a large sheet of foil. Place bacon on foil. Mold meat mixture into a loaf and place over bacon. Seal foil tightly around loaf. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Place wrapped loaf on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Open foil; drain juices. Combine sauce ingredients and spoon over loaf. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes longer or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Best Meat Loaf in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p9

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 394 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 139 mg cholesterol, 1,094 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.

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

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Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

My boyfriend is a big fan of meatloaf so I'm always trying different recipes. He really liked this one. I cut the recipe in half and used a few different spices because I didn't have everything on hand. It was very flavorful. I used turkey bacon because that's what I had on hand, I don't recommend that. It didn't get crispy at all and tinted the bottom a pinkish color. I pan fried leftover pieces, those were much better. Bacon crisped up nicely.

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Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

This was the worst meatloaf that I have ever made! Don't you test these recipes?? I threw over half of it away! What a waste!!

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Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

Added a little more onion, and used 1 and 1/2 lb beef, 1/2 lb pork. Family loved it!

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Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

My Family loved this recipe . We will make this recipe again . So easy and quick to prepare and so nice to come home from work and just pop it in the oven .- Denise St Laurent . Medicine Hat Alberta Canada

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