Old Fashioned Meatloaf
Old fashioned meatloaf is a quintessential comfort recipe to me. There are definitely a good amount of variations to the recipes like bread crumbs or oats or none at all. Worcestershire sauce is a go for me but to some others it’s not. However, there is one key ingredient that makes old fashioned meatloaf and that is the high fat to meat ratio. When it comes to comfort meatloaf you want at least 70:30 meat to fat. Well, at least for us southerners :).
Now, if you are not necessarily wanting to put on a pound or two, it’s ok to substitute leaner ground beef like 90:10. It’ll still taste great – but not like Grandmothers.
Cooking Tip: Lay out a couple pieces of bread under the formed meatloaf. This will soak up some of the fat that is rendered out.
Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe
- 3 pounds of ground beef
- 1 small yellow onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of chopped, fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1 cup ketchup
- Optional: 3 pieces of bread
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- While it's preheating, mince the onion and the cloves of garlic. Mix everything together except for the ketchup. That's for the top. Season with a few pinches of salt.
- I like to make a little patty of sorts and cook it fast on the stove top to see if I need to adjust the seasonings at all.
- Lay out the bread slices over a lined baking pan. Form the meatloaf into a football shape over the bread. Smear the ketchup over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil after 30 minutes and continue cooking for another 30 minutes. Now check the internal temperature. Ovens are different so you might need to put it back in for another 15 minutes at tops.
- Once cooked, remove and let rest for a few minutes before slicing.