Mom’s Meatloaf

This is my mom’s meatloaf recipe- it is seriously the best meatloaf I’ve ever had- it’s super simple and really easy to make. It’s the ultimate of comfort foods and one of my favorite dinners!

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So here’s a random factoid about J: he is a meatloaf addict. Seriously. My dear husband is always up for meatloaf. When we were dating, I didn’t really know this about him because, due to the fact that I working with ground meat has never been my strong suit, I rarely made meatloaf. So when we moved to Rochester and my mom made her (amazing!) meatloaf for him, it was love at first bite and I was introduced to his undying love for a simple loaf of meat.

This is my mom's meatloaf recipe- it is seriously the best meatloaf I've ever had- it's super simple and really easy to make. It's the ultimate of comfort foods and one of my favorite dinners!

And now that I’m at 32 weeks, I’m working hard to not only continue getting delicious meals on the table, but also to get some quick and easy options into the freezer to make life easier when Bubbles gets here in around eight short weeks (!!!).

Being that my mom’s meatloaf is my favorite meatloaf, I figured that while I was making and freezing a few loafs, I should probably share it with you guys so that you can jump on the meatloaf train. And as you can imagine, J was thrilled as always to find that meatloaf is on the menu.

This is my mom's meatloaf recipe- it is seriously the best meatloaf I've ever had- it's super simple and really easy to make. It's the ultimate of comfort foods and one of my favorite dinners!

Meatloaf is one of those recipes that everyone has their own absolute-best-version of. What I love about my mom’s recipe is its simplicity.

You’re not going to find random, chopped up pieces of things in it. There are no fancy bells and whistles. It’s not served with a gravy and while I love it with ketchup, you won’t find her spreading ketchup over the top before serving, that’s just not how we roll.

This is my mom's meatloaf recipe- it is seriously the best meatloaf I've ever had- it's super simple and really easy to make. It's the ultimate of comfort foods and one of my favorite dinners!

What you will find is a simple, delicious and easy-to-make meatloaf that uses simple ingredients that most of us already have in our refrigerators and pantries. Like most amazing mom-dishes, there really are not exact measurements- it’s more a matter off adding the ingredients to the meat, mixing it super well and smelling it to make sure you can smell the flavors.

This is my mom's meatloaf recipe- it is seriously the best meatloaf I've ever had- it's super simple and really easy to make. It's the ultimate of comfort foods and one of my favorite dinners!

And because I love you guys, we went ahead and measured out the ingredients to make it easier. That being said, I strongly encourage you to only use that as a baseline and to become one with your meatloaf. Smell it as you mix and add more of the ingredients until it smells super flavorful!

This rule is especially important if you do it with ground turkey, as there is less fat than the beef and therefore less flavor. Get up close and personal and really smell the flavors while mixing.

Also, make sure it’s not too dry. My grandmother used to say that when it came to adding more dry ingredients, go for cheese before breadcrumbs, as the cheese holds the moisture better. She also emphasized that you want 1 egg per pound of meat. Don’t underestimate the power of a palmful of warm water if it’s seeming too dry after adding your eggs!

This is my mom's meatloaf recipe- it is seriously the best meatloaf I've ever had- it's super simple and really easy to make. It's the ultimate of comfort foods and one of my favorite dinners!

The baking time will vary based on the size of your meatloaf. You’ll want it to temp out at 165 degrees, since there is raw egg involved. I once had an old roommate who told me that you know meatloaf is there because on the outside it appears to be so brown that it’s almost burned and ruined but really, it’s just perfect.

That said you also don’t want to overcook it, so you might consider checking it around the hour point and go from there (less if you reduce the recipe). Either way, give this recipe a try. While it took me a few tries to get it right (again, I simply don’t have a good track record with any ground meat!) it’s really just a matter of being liberal with your flavorings.

Other great family recipes include:

Sandwich Steaks

Marinara Sauce

Chicken Cutlets

Yields 6 servings

Mom’s Meatloaf

This is my mom's meatloaf recipe- it is seriously the best meatloaf I've ever had- it's super simple and really easy to make. It's the ultimate of comfort foods and one of my favorite dinners!

5 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. of ground beef (or ground turkey- if you go the turkey route, you'll want to add even more of the rest of the flavorings!)
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • Warm water (optional- only add this to the mixture if its too dry, you want it to be nice and moist. Start with a palmful)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your over to 350 degrees. Grease your loaf pan with cooking spray (if you don't have a loaf pan just use a regular pan with high sides and just shape your meat into a loaf).
  2. Mix all ingredients really well. Smell it as you go- you'll want the smell to be strong and flavorful. The texture should be wet without being watery. But you don't want it too dry either. If it's too dry you can always add some warm water- start with a palmful. At this point, you can shape it into a loaf and freeze it if you're not looking to eat it right away. You'll want to thaw it before baking it as per the below directions.
  3. Shape your meat into a loaf and put it into your pan. Put a really small amount of warm water on the corners of the pan and bake it for around an hour, or until it temps out to 165 degrees.
  4. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Easy, Family | Recipe Type: Dinner, Entree

Notes

And because I love you guys, we went ahead and measured out the ingredients to make it easier. That being said, I strongly encourage you to only use that as a baseline and to become one with your meatloaf. Smell it as you mix and add more of the ingredients until it smells super flavorful!

This rule is especially important if you do it with ground turkey, as there is less fat than the beef and therefore less flavor. Get up close and personal and really smell the flavors while mixing.

Also, make sure it's not too dry. My grandmother used to say that when it came to adding more dry ingredients, go for cheese before breadcrumbs, as the cheese holds the moisture better. She also emphasized that you want 1 egg per pound of meat. Don't underestimate the power of a palmful of warm water if it's seeming too dry after adding your eggs!

The baking time will vary based on the size of your meatloaf. You'll want it to temp out at 165 degrees, since there is raw egg involved. I once had an old roommate who told me that you know meatloaf is there because on the outside it appears to be so brown that it's almost burned and ruined but really, it's just perfect.

That said you also don't want to overcook it, so you might consider checking it around the hour point and go from there (less if you reduce the recipe). Either way, give this recipe a try. While it took me a few tries to get it right (again, I simply don't have a good track record with any ground meat!) it's really just a matter of being liberal with your flavorings.

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14 Comments

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    Scott
    January 25, 2016 at 9:20 am I think we all have a favorite "Mom's Meatloaf" recipe. Mine has a ton of onions and ketchup on the top instead of gravy! Scott recently posted...Plan a Monkey-Themed Family DayMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 25, 2016 at 9:56 am Yeah, mine doesn't have gravy but ketchup on the side is always good for me!
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    Mardene Carr
    January 25, 2016 at 11:55 am I have always wondered about how to make meatloaf you know....LOL...Never had a chance to try it but I think I am going to remove my chicken hat for a moment and take the plunge.
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      Jessy
      January 27, 2016 at 9:45 am I hope you enjoy it! If you're fully committed to chicken, I bet it would be awesome with ground chicken, just make sure you up the amount of all the flavorings to make up for having less fat and be sure that it temps out at 165 :)
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    Maria @ Pastels & Macarons
    January 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm This looks delicious Jessy! I want to make this!!
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      Jessy
      January 27, 2016 at 9:44 am Thank you- I hope you enjoy it!
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    Leslie
    January 25, 2016 at 6:03 pm I like meatloaf too. They are so easy to make and you can dress them up a ton of ways. Whew, that's making me hungry. Hah. Leslie recently posted...Weekend RecapMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 27, 2016 at 9:44 am It's definitely the ultimate comfort food :)
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    CJ Huang | Morsels of Life
    January 28, 2016 at 6:34 pm Can you believe I've never made meatloaf before? This one looks like s simple enough place to start, and you know mom's recipes are always the best! :)
    • Reply
      Jessy
      January 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm It's definitely worth making- I hope you enjoy it!
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    Patty Haxton Anderson
    January 30, 2016 at 10:01 am At my little foods to go restaurant, my assistant put together the meatloaf and it was by sight, SMELL mostly and "feel". It's the way all good meatloaves are made! Thanks for linking up at the Let's Get Real Weekly Link Party. Be sure to join us next week, Thursday at 5 p.m. EST! Tweeted and pinned. Patty Haxton Anderson recently posted...Let's Get Real Weekly Link Party #126My Profile
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      Jessy
      February 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm I'm with you there- my mom has the feel and smell perfected! I'm still working on it.
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    Karen
    February 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm Would not have thought to add romano cheese to meatloaf. Will have to try that. Thanks for sharing at #LetsGetRealSocial Karen recently posted...6 Steps to Starting & Achieving Your Health GoalsMy Profile
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      Jessy
      February 3, 2016 at 9:42 am Yes, we're Italian so Romano cheese pretty much makes it's way into everything haha. Enjoy!

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