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Aunt Evelyn's Meatloaf

Aunt Evelyn's Meatloaf

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124 review(s) averaging 4.7. 94% would make again

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Meatloaf recipes are as varied as the cooks who make them. My Aunt Evelyn's version is easy to make, delicious, and laced with shredded cheese. She would often vary the type of cheese used. Her favorite was cheddar, mine was pepper jack, my Uncle Victor liked swiss, but other cheeses or cheese combinations often appeared and made for subtle and tasty differences.

"I have yet to make a recipe posted by sgrishka after which I wasn't glad. Thanks to his Aunt Evelyn and his dad for teaching him the art of cooking and to him for passing it on to us.
Aunt Evelyn's meatloaf is no exception. It is moist, flavorful and forgiving. I did not have tomato based barbeque sauce. What I did have was D. L. Jardine's 'Grill'n Lick'n' grilling andoven sauce. (Okay, we are from Texas. If you've never tried Jardine's, I recommend ordering something. He puts out a great product and most with a 'kick it up a notch' flavor.) Thanks, sgrishka!"

- johnwmorgan


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1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup rolled oats,; uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 medium onion,; finely chopped (or, 1-2 tsp onion flakes)
1/2 medium bell pepper,; finely chopped (optional)
1 cup grated cheese; (use your favorite)
1 large egg,; lightly beaten
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon Cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Original recipe makes 6



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a shallow 9- by 13-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper.

Combine all meatloaf ingredients in large bowl and mix lightly until thoroughly combined. Place mixture in middle of prepared baking pan and form into a 9- by 5-inch oval loaf. Make an indentation along top center of loaf. In a small bowl, whisk together all topping ingredients until well combined. Cover meatloaf completely with topping. Bake, uncovered, for about 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until meat is no longer pink and reads 160 degrees F on a thermometer. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

For two people: Mix whole recipe, divide and shape into 2 mini loaves. Cover one loaf with topping and bake for about 45 minutes. Freeze second loaf. When ready to use, thaw loaf and cover with topping just before baking.


For a more tender and juicier loaf, you can briefly soak the bread crumbs and oats in the milk before adding.

Do not over-knead the mixture or texture will be lost. Mix just enough to combine the ingredients.


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Nothing says home-style comfort food cooking like meatloaf. photo by sgrishka sgrishka

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A very delicious Meat Loaf with a tangy topping. photo by Brucedavison Brucedavison

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I've made this meatloaf several times. It always turns out well!
Pattyirl329 1 day 4 hours ago
I would make this again!!
Aprilngu2 3 weeks ago
My family love this meatloaf...#thankyouauntevenly??
lecsosec 1 month ago
Made this for the guys in my family after they put in a hard day's work. My brother said he never liked meatloaf until now. Everyone else said this was the best meatloaf they ever had! I've made this with ground beef and ground deer. Both are good!! I'm making this again tonight!
Rochellelafoon 1 month ago
Better than good- perfectly delicious and everyone loved it. This is a crowd pleaser!
mandringa 1 month ago 'it was GREaT'
TranquilRoc 5 months ago
Rochelle951 6 months ago
Fantastic. This meatloaf was a great success.
sherellposton 7 months ago
My absolute favorite meatloaf. Absolutely amazing!!!!!
Gypsy06 7 months ago
Excellent! optional bell pepper was a great addition!
Brannon226 7 months ago
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