This is an article that contains a very easy to follow recipe to make an old time American classic, meatloaf. Learn the basic steps to make a mouth watering meatloaf, that will bring them back for seconds, every time.

Cooking Instructions

Excellent Meatloaf


This list of ingredients is to make a meatloaf for four people. Double it for 8, half it for two and so forth.

2 pounds/900g of 80% lean ground beef

1/2 cup/4oz/120g of seasoned (dry) bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon onion salt

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

Few dashes of black pepper to taste

1 large egg

4oz/114g tomato ketchup

1 large onion

1 large green pepper

2 tbs margarine

Pinch of oregano


1 9" x 12" x 2"/23cm x 30cm x 5cm  baking pan

1 9"/23cm frying pan

1 large mixing bowl

1 medium mixing bowl

Step 1

Starting out with the peppers and onions. Chop these into pieces, the size you would like in your meatloaf. There is no rule for this; people have different tastes. Get a frying pan hot and melt the margarine in it. Once there's a good sizzle going, dump in the chopped onion and pepper. Saute these until the peppers are tender and the onions become golden brown.

Peppers and onions

A little tip here is to cut the peppers smaller then the onions, as they take longer to cook. When these are done set them aside.

Step 2

In a large bowl combine the ground beef with the vegetables and add half the ketchup.

Scramble the egg in a cup and mix this in.

Step 3

In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients and stir them around well, to blend all the seasoning.

This is the time to add any favorite's such as extra spices or herbs. This can help make the dinner your own. Maybe a little thyme or rosemary. Again this is optional.

Fold the dry mix into your first bowl and now all the ingredients are folded together, by hand. This is a messy situation but nothing works quite as well as humans hands for this job.

Step 4

Once we have a well combined mixture, dump it in the baking pan and flatten it out, leaving a little height in the center and working it towards the edges, hence the term loaf.

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Step 5

Once our creation is in the pan it's time to dress it up a little. Usually this can be simple, such as a ketchup stream, drawn across the meatloaf. This is the reason half of the ketchup was used in the mixture. This can be adjusted for taste, some people really like ketchup.

Now we can sprinkle oregano for a nice crisp appearance as well as a little added flavor.

Step 6

Finally after cooking in a 190 °C/375 °F/Gas Mark 5 oven for around 35 to 45 minutes uncovered this an American classic will be ready for your table

Step 7

Meatloaf can be sliced and plated with almost any garnish. A nice bed of sliced peppers as pictured above, is a simple yet contrasting look.

Serving Suggestions

A great side for meatloaf has always been potatoes, these can be prepared as the reader enjoys them. Roasted vegetables is another complimenting side dish. Baked macaroni and cheese for a down home favorite. That's the best part of having meatloaf, it goes with practically anything.

Tips and Warnings

Allow your meatloaf to rest for at least 10 minutes prior to cutting, this will allow the cooking process to stop and your entree will be much firmer and easier to plate.

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