The Best Meatloaf Recipe {VIDEO}

This is the BEST meatloaf recipe you’ll find. It is my mother's delicious recipe with an added touch of delicious sauce, for good measure. Add this meatloaf to your dinner rotation!

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I'm still in full-blown comfort food mode over here. The pile of snow outside my house continues to grow. I can barely see the road when I look out the window. Spring seems like a million years away. So I continue to find solace in food. Chicken Pot Pie, Breakfast Casserole, Chili and now delicious Meatloaf. The BEST meatloaf! I dug up my mother's handwritten meatloaf recipe from my archives and used it as my guide. I don't remember ever eating meatloaf as good as hers. I tweaked her recipe just a teeny bit, added a sauce and just like that this delicious recipe was born. If you have qualms about meatloaf at all, the name or the taste, I ask that you set them aside. This recipe will not disappoint!

What meat is best used for meatloaf?

This recipe turns out best with a leaner meat such as turkey, venison or a super lean beef (like 90/10). The fattier the meat, the more likely you will encounter grease issues. The lean meat will not take away from the flavor AT ALL. Promise.

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How long do you cook a 2lb meatloaf?

This takes an entire hour and a half to cook all the way through. Also, be sure to place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet before putting it into the oven. Meat juices will be bubbling over the edge and I don't want you to burn your house down while making meatloaf. Let the meatloaf sit for at least fifteen minutes before slicing and serving.

What should I serve with meatloaf?

Serve it with a side of Smashed Potatoes or my mother's famous Mashed Potatoes! Meatloaf is a hearty, comforting dish so any type of potatoes and/or veggies pairs well with it.

Here are some of my other comfort food options for you to enjoy:

Twice-Baked Potatoes
Best Ever Goulash
Crockpot Mac and Cheese
Easy Baked Meatballs

Thank you for reading, friends! Please leave a comment and say HEY!

Comfort Food, Dinner recipe, Beef Recipe
Main Dish
American
The Best Meatloaf Recipe
Yield: 6-8

The Best Meatloaf Recipe

prep time: 30 minscook time: 1 hour and 30 minstotal time: 1 hours and 60 mins

This is the BEST meatloaf recipe you’ll find. It is my mother's delicious recipe with an added touch of delicious sauce, for good measure. Add this meatloaf to your dinner rotation!

ingredients:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef, ground turkey or ground venison
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 5x9 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, crackers, egg, milk, 1/2 cup ketchup, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix together with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, combine ¾ cup ketchup, brown sugar, apricot preserves and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Spread half of the mixture evenly over the meatloaf halfway through baking. Reserve the remainder of the sauce for dipping/topping. Let meatloaf sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
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