Old fashioned Meatloaf


For the Meatloaf

1 1/2 pounds ground beef (80/20 or 85/15)

20 saltine crackers, crushed

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1 large egg

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

For the Topping:

1/2 to 3/4 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

Ingredients for southern style meatloaf

Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan or line it with foil and then lightly grease it. Alternatively, for a free-form loaf, line a rimmed baking pan with foil.

Grease loaf pan

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with the crushed saltines, onion, green pepper, egg, paprika, garlic powder, salt, thyme, black pepper, 1/3 cup of ketchup, milk, and Worcestershire sauce.

Combine ground beef and saltines

Pack the meat mixture into the loaf pan or shape it and place it on the baking pan.

Pack meat mixture

Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour. Carefully pour excess grease into a can or jar (dispose of it in the trash after it cools).

Spread the meatloaf with 1/2 to 3/4 cup of ketchup or barbecue sauce and continue baking for 15 minutes longer, or until the meatloaf registers at least 160 F on an instant-read food thermometer inserted into the center. (If you have instead swapped ground turkey or chicken for the beef, cook the loaf to an internal temperature of 165 F.)

Let the meatloaf rest for ten minutes before slicing so it holds together well. Then, serve and enjoy!


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