Meatloaf can be one of the most exciting meals in a household, or the one the entire family dreads.  If your meatloaf is one the family runs away from it is not your fault.  You just need a better meatloaf recipe to make them come running to the table and emptying the pan.  The best meatloaf recipes are works of art.  They combine a wide variety of ingredients to add flavor, stay moist, but still manage to hold together.  While you may be concerned meatloaf is difficult to make perfectly, you can select an easy meatloaf recipe which tastes great, but is quick and simple to make.

How to Make a Great Turkey Meatloaf

Even for families trying to steer away from beef you can make a great meatloaf by using a turkey meatloaf recipe.  Here is a great turkey meatloaf recipe with a little added zing your family will love:

1 pound ground turkey
2 eggs
1/8 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/8 cup chopped Serrano pepper
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup medium salsa (You can substitute mild or hot to adjust flavor.)
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
(Adjust salt and pepper to your own tastes.)

In a large bowl mix all ingredients thoroughly. Press mixture into two loaf pans. Bake the meatloaf at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. For a little added zing spread a little salsa over the top of the meatloaf with 5 minutes of baking time left.

Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe

When you are in a hurry to get supper cooking you need a quick easy meatloaf recipe.  Here is one of the best easy meatloaf recipes you will ever find:

1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 small chopped yellow onion (About 1/2 cup)
3/4 cup milk (If beef is extremely lean increase to 1 cup)
1 cup dried bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
(Adjust salt and pepper to the tastes of your family.)
Glazing Sauce:
1/3 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
3 tablespoons brown sugar (Adds a nice touch of sweetness to the meatloaf.)

Combine all meatloaf ingredients and mix fully in a large bowl.  Press into a large loaf pan or two smaller loaf pans.  Mix ingredients for glaze sauce, and then pour over the top of the meatloaf.  Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Best Meatloaf Recipe

When it comes time to pull out all the stops and have the best meatloaf recipes to take to a church gathering, reunion, or to serve guests this is the best meatloaf recipe to use:

1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin steak
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 chopped yellow onion
1 medium carrot peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 six ounce package garlic croutons

1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon cumin
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey

Combine ingredients from the meatloaf and mix thoroughly.  Press into a large loaf pan.  Here is the point this recipe deviates from the other two.  Place a piece of baking paper on a baking pan, turn over the loaf pan and allow the meatloaf to drop onto the baking sheet.  If it loses form then you can lightly re-form with your hands.  Cooking on a baking sheet allows you to get a larger surface of the meatloaf browned perfectly.

Combine the glaze ingredients, mixing completely.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then allow the meatloaf to bake for 20 minutes.  Pull the pan out briefly to brush on the glaze and then return to the oven for another 40 minutes.  If you are using a temperature probe make sure to cook until the core of the meatloaf exceeds 155 degrees.

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As you can quickly see, each of these great meatloaf recipes can make a delicious meal for your family.  Both the easy meat loaf recipe and the turkey meatloaf recipe can be made quickly.  The best meat loaf recipe takes more preparation time but is worth the effort.

Any meatloaf recipe can be cooked on baking paper instead of in a loaf pan to give you more browning of the outer surface.  If you discover your family loves a little more crispy outer surface choose to cook on the baking sheet.

If you want to know the real secret from Mama's Kitchen for the best meat loaf recipe it is very simple.  Never follow a recipe.  Any mother who has perfected meatloaf will tell you they never do the same thing twice.  They vary their dry ingredients according to how lean the meat is.  They increase and decrease their amount of vegetables depending on how wet they appear.  When they mix their glaze, they look in the refrigerator and use what they find.  Often they combine barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, or other sauces to get a flavor they like.

Start your own meatloaf recipe by using one of these easy recipes and then start giving it your own unique twists to perfection.

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