Do you love your mamma’s meatloaf recipe but want to go to the next level in flavor? There are several reasons why this is my favorite meatloaf recipe and that I have been using it so many years. It is easy to make with only six ingredients and has an amazing flavor! This is a dinner-worthy meatloaf!
Meatloaf is one of life’s all-time comfort foods. I have tried a few other recipes but have never found a recipe that I like better. My favorite meatloaf recipe has a wonderful onion flavor but none of the time consuming chopping and sautéing of onions. The huge flavor boost is from the package of dry onion soup mix.
Another classic flavor enhancer is ketchup! Some things just never change…. such as meatloaf with ketchup. They just seem to go together and you can’t have one without the other. In this meatloaf recipe a thick layer of that Unami-packed, red tomatoey goodness is literally slathered over the top as it bakes.
This is how I make my favorite meatloaf recipe:
The Beef: The 50-50 beef mix of lean, grass-fed ground beef and a fattier ground beef give this meatloaf more flavor than by using just all-lean ground beef.
The Binder: Garlic seasoned salad croutons is my choice for the binder. The seasoning in those crisp croutons give an incredible flavor to the meatloaf. The croutons are smashed into crumbs and added to the meat mixture.
Other Binder Choices I have used with great results:
- Quick cooking oats
- Sourdough English muffin crumbs
- Bread Crumbs
- Cooked einkorn berries
The beef is mixed together with the crushed croutons, dry onion soup mix, eggs and beef broth. It is all shaped into a large loaf with the ketchup slathered on top, then baked for an hour. This makes for a wickedly delicious meatloaf!
A side dish of mashed potatoes is our favorite with meatloaf. As there wasn’t any dripping to make a sauce for our creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. I made a Cabernet wine sauce by boiling beef broth, wine and seasoning, click here for instructions, and served it with the potatoes and meatloaf.
Other potato choices for my favorite meatloaf recipe:
- Parsley baby red potatoes
- Roasted fingerlings
- Baked potatoes
- Scalloped potatoes
I always make a nice large meatloaf because we all love the leftovers. Especially meatloaf sandwiches with lots of mayo. My favorite meatloaf recipe will make a large meatloaf that is economical and will serve a large family.
Here are some ideas for leftover meatloaf:
- Meatloaf Sandwiches
- Quesadillas with Kamut® Flour Tortillas
- Chopped Meatloaf in Marinara Sauce with Pasta
- Meatloaf Wraps with Sweet Potato Flatbread
We would love to hear from you about your favorite meatloaf recipe! 🙂
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Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 322 Total Fat 17g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 118mg Sodium 454mg Carbohydrates 13g Fiber 1g Sugar 5g Protein 28g