When my husband and I were dating it didn’t take me long to learn his favorite dish. This guy could finish a 13 x 9 pan of meatloaf by himself! I knew this was something I would have to learn how to make well because I would be making it all the time. So I gave his mother’s recipe a try. It was, for lack of a better word, inedible. And I’m not talking the left-it-in-the-oven-too-long-and-it-burned inedible. I’m talking the flavors not mixing properly, someone using salt instead of sugar, kind of inedible. I’m still not sure why her recipe didn’t turn out right, but I decided I needed to create my own.
I started asking around, “How do you make your meatloaf?” I got a few suggestions but none that I was really happy with, so I decided to start back with a very basic meatloaf (bread crumbs and meat) and added seasonings I thought would make it better. Not often do I get lucky with just throwing stuff in a bowl, but this time it was a hit!
With winter hitting hard and snow on the ground, I thought some warm comfort food might be just the ticket, so if you can’t decide what to make for dinner tonight, you can give this a try.
- 2 lbs. hamburger
- 1 tbsp. dried onion (fresh would work too but dried is easier)
- 1/2 loaf of bread broken into small pieces (I just use my blender, or my daughter if she’s not napping. Hehehe)
- 2 eggs
- 2 packages Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Mushroom Soup Mix (there are 2 in each box)
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- pepper to taste (since you’re not actually going to taste it before it’s cooked – yuck!- I would say 1 tsp. is a good place to start)
- ketchup (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Break bread into large bowl. Add onion, soup mix, salt, and pepper.
- Pour in just enough milk so that it covers no more than half of the bread and other ingredients.
- Add eggs and meat, and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Everything should cling together in a ball without being soupy (add more bread) or too dry where it won’t cling to itself (add more milk).
- Put the messy concoction into a greased 13 x 9 pan.
- I add ketchup to the top of mine because I like it caramelized and cooked on the meatloaf. We only put it on half, though, because my husband doesn’t share my ketchup enthusiasm. Either way works.
- Cook for 1 hour and enjoy!
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