Saturday, March 10, 2012

Basic Meatloaf

We know that not everyone is as in love with onions as we are. Well, in reality, we don't think anyone is as in love with onions as she is, and since she was the one mixing together the meatloaf the other day she decided to go onion crazy. We kept the original recipe so that all you non-onion lovers can still make it, but we will also let you know how we changed it up a bit.

500 g ground beef ( about 1 lb)
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
1 cup milk (235 ml) milk
1 cup (110 g) bread crumbs
 2 Tbs (2 EL) brown sugar
1/2 cup (80 ml) ketchup  
Salt and pepper

Preheat the over to 350 F (180 C).

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, chopped onion, egg, bread crumbs, milk, salt and pepper. Mix well (sometimes you just have to get your hands dirty for this part!)

Lots of onions!

She went a little crazy and added a green onion to her mixture. We only made a small meatloaf using half of the recipe and only half of an onion. With the addition of the green onions it was very very onion-y. She also added some fresh garlic.

After mixing everything together, place in a loaf pan or form into a loaf shape and place on a baking sheet.

Usually we would use a loaf pan, however, since we were making only half of the recipe it did not make sense. We baked the meatloaf on a baking sheet. He says this way is better anyways because it gets crisper. She thinks baking it without a loaf pan is more likely to end in a dry meatloaf.

Onions everywhere!

Mix the ketchup and brown sugar and pour over the meatloaf before baking. This makes a sweet and almost caramelized sauce after baking.

Since he is not a big fan of the sauce and wanted maximum crunch we skipped the sauce this time. Her suggestion is to never skip the ketchup sauce - it is the best part!


Bake for one hour (uncovered). If you are not using a loaf pan it should be done in about 45 minutes, but check before eating!

Serve the American meatloaf with mashed potatoes, gravy and some vegetable. Use the leftovers to eat as meatloaf sandwiches :)

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