The Best Meatloaf…Ever

This is the best meatloaf…

ever.

It has hardly any ingredients. It doesn’t use a special blend of beef. And it surely isn’t health food.

It’s just the best meatloaf…

ever.

The Best Meatlaof…Ever

meatloaf

1 lb. beef (a good, fatty blend…I use 80/20)

half a loaf of bread

1/4 cup – 1/2 cup milk

1 onion, half grated, half sliced into rings

3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup ketchup, plus more for top

assorted seasonings (salt, Sriracha, etc)

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1. Preheat the oven to 350F and combine the onion, bread, and milk in a large bowl. It’s important to use a very soft bread, especially if you want to use the crust. If you use a harder, denser bread, be sure to use only the soft innards. If you use bread with a more pliant crust, you can use it.

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2. Mush it around and make sure that the bread is really soaking up the milk. Leave it for 15-20 minutes, checking back periodically to ensure that there is enough milk in the bowl to keep the mixture “wet.” Start with a little milk and add more as needed.

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3. While the bread soaks, line a baking dish with bread in a single layer, then put the onions on top.

That bread is where the “ever” in “best meatloaf ever” comes in to play.

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4. Add the meat, the ketchup, and the Worcestershire to the bread mixture. Be sure that you season it as much as you like – I like my meatloaf to taste like beef and ketchup. If you like a little more spice, pepper, or salt, go that route.

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5. Mix it on up. Be sure that you really mix it up well – there will be large, soft pieces of bread throughout the meat.

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6. Put the loaf into the pan and top it with additional ketchup. Really lay it on thick, a la cheatloaf.

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7. Bake for an hour or until the meat is totally cooked through.

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8. Serve.

O.M.G. This stuff is unbelievable in its simplicity. It’s the meatloaf you wish your mom made. That’s why my mom rocks – because she actually made this meatloaf. It’s juicy and spiced with sweet onions and tangy ketchup. It is wonderfully soft and that bread…oy. Soft, savory, falling apart – like the French dip of the meatloaf world. It’s the most comforting food you can imagine. Serve it with extra bbq sauce or Sriracha if you must, but the sticky, tangy, sweet cooked ketchup glaze may be all you need.

Along with that bread. Sopping in meaty juices. Sponges for delicious savory taste.

Like I said…it’s just the best meatloaf.

Ever.

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