Grandma's Meatloaf

Grandma's Meatloaf

Ready in 45 minutes

Tried and True, this recipe was passed down to me from my maternal Grandmother. It is the meatloaf that she used to serve for Sunday dinner and has been a favorite of our family for as long as I can remember! Grandma always served it with scalloped potatoes and creamed corn. Try it with your favorite salad and vegetable side dishes.

"This is a very flavorful "old fashioned" meatloaf. Really light and super moist. I am trying out lots of meatloaf recipes as my new son in law doesnt care for my recipe and my daughter is looking for a new one. This will definately satisfy EVERYONE. Old fashioned, but very good. The red sauce is not ketchupy, but instead has a great sweet flavor. It baked and came to temperature in only one hour in my oven. The only thing I changed was to add a bit more flavor to the meat, garlic and onion powder. other than that. Perfect!!"

- niceNspicy

Top-ranked recipe named "Grandma's Meatloaf"

4.6 avg, 64 review(s) 87% would make again

Ingredients

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Glaze; (optional)
1/4 cup Chili sauce or ketchup
2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 dash Hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons Brown sugar
Meatloaf
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large Onion; finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 can (6 oz) Tomato paste
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup Milk; (scant)
2 pounds Ground beef; (preferably 85 percent lean ground chuck)
2 large Eggs,; lightly beaten
16 Saltine crackers; finely crushed (about 2/3 cup)
1/4 cup fresh parsley; Minced
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt; (or, to taste)
1/4 teaspoon Fresh ground black pepper; (or, to taste)

Original recipe makes 8

Servings  

Preparation

For the glaze:

1) In a small bowl, mix together ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and brown sugar. Set aside. (Note: You may double (or more) the glaze, if desired. Also, a second batch of glaze, simmered over medium-low heat until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes, is good to serve seperately with the meatloaf.)

For the meatloaf:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2) In a medium skillet, saute onions in olive oil until just translucent, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

3) In a large bowl, mix together onion, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and milk until well combined.

4) Add ground beef, eggs, crushed crackers, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix with fork until evenly blended and mixture doesn''t stick to the bowl. If it sticks add more milk. (Note: Handle meat gently; it should be thoroughly combined but not made into a mushy paste.)

5) With wet hands, pat mixture into a greased 9- by 5- by 3-inch loaf pan. Line loaf pan with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up, if desired

6) Brush with glaze, if desired.

7) Place in center of preheated oven and bake, uncovered, until cooked through and a thermometer inserted into center registers 160 degrees F, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.

8) Drain any excess fat, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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Line loaf pan with parchment paper or foil for easy meatloaf removal as-well-as easy clean up. photo by sgrishka sgrishka

photo by Lovesconniepoopie Lovesconniepoopie

A good old-fashioned basic meatloaf that's full of flavor! Add some mashed potatoes, green beans, warm fresh baked rolls and you're set to indulge! photo by sgrishka sgrishka

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I've become a bit of a meatloaf nut in the past couple of years, trying a variety of approaches. This is the best so far. I used 1 lb of hot Italian sausage and 1.5 lbs ground beef. Nice addition. Whole family loved it.
dcwinton 2 weeks ago
This turned out amazing! Love the glaze. Thanks for sharing
Suzyn 1 month ago
7591 1 month ago
This is a super yummy meatloaf! I used the chili sauce and doubled the glaze. Since I completely spaced out while I was shopping and forgot the tomato paste, I used some of the glaze mixture in the meatloaf. I also sauteed some green bell pepper with the onion and used garlic
tlbarker72 1 month ago
Very delicious.
Thorena 2 months ago
My son begs for me to make this meatloaf over and over again! It is fantastic! I add green bell peppers just because I believe they have to be in meatloaf. Also, I replace the saltines with Ritz (registered trademark) crackers because they provide the same thickening effect with a buttery flavor. :-)
icenbleu 2 months ago
Best meatloaf I have ever made!
mannmenu 2 months ago
Sauce / glaze was excellent. Meatloaf had good consistency but not much flavor, mostly just tasted like ground beef. Would add sauce into the meat before mixing next time.
willidiots 5 months ago
Excellent! Sauce is the best double it, you'll love it!
gigisrecipes 6 months ago
Normally I am not a huge meatloaf fan but this meatloaf is awesome! My husband and I love this recipe. It is now my go to meatloaf. You're recipes are always great. Thanks for posting!
Bnfowler19 7 months ago
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