• Classic Meatloaf Recipe
  • Classic Meatloaf
  • Classic Meatloaf with Ketchup
  • Classic Meatballs Recipe
  • Classic Meatballs

Classic Meatloaf and Meatballs

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This classic meatloaf recipe is a no fail way to use ground beef.

What to serve with meatloaf for dinner?

Mashed potatoes are always a great choice. Check out my sour cream and chives mashed potatoes recipe, it’s delicious!

Add a roasted or steamed vegetable and/or salad and dinner is complete!

This meatloaf recipe doubles as a meatball recipe.

All you have to do is instead of forming a loaf, just roll the beef mixture into 1″ or 2″ meatballs and cut the cook time down. For 1″ meatballs, they can be done in about 30 minutes. 2″ meatballs might take closer to 40 minutes to cook all the way through.

You can leave off the ketchup and you do not need to cover the meatballs.

This meatloaf is freezer friendly.

You can freeze this two ways — raw, then you’ll need to thaw it and cook as directed. Or go ahead and cook the meatloaf then freeze it. Then just thaw the meatloaf, slice it and microwave it by the slice for about 1:30 – 2:30 minutes or until warmed to your liking.

Try turkey meatloaf!

You can use ground turkey instead of ground beef or, as I prefer, a half and half blend of ground turkey and beef. Using turkey is a great way to cut fat.

Choose a lean beef.

OK, you don’t have to choose a lean beef. However when you cook meatloaf most of the fat is going to cook out of it anyway. So by starting with a lean mix of ground beef, you’ll have less grease to drain away.

Experiment with different fillers.

To keep your meatloaf moist and to ensure it binds together you need to add milk and some sort of filler to the meat mixture. Typically bread crumbs are a classic filler choice. You can even make your own bread crumbs (check out my How to Make Bread Crumbs from Toast tutorial here) . However you can also add a different flavor and texture by using something other than bread crumbs for your filler. You could use crumbled crackers, cooked rice, or even instant oatmeal.

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This classic meatloaf recipe was featured on Menu Plan Monday!

Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Instructions

  • 1. Knead all ingredients together and form into a loaf.
  • 2. Spread a thin layer of ketchup over top.
  • 3. Cover & bake at 350˚ for 1 hour or until meat is brown all the way through. Drain off grease as needed.