Basic Meatloaf

Basic MeatloafHere’s an easy, basic meatloaf recipe for those who prefer a traditional comfort food. Prep time is very short, but don’t forget that it takes about an hour to bake. Plan accordingly.

When Mom made this, which she did a couple of times a month, she normally served it with mashed potatoes and green beans or peas.


1 egg
1 cup milk or half and half
1 cup dried bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, or to taste
1 1/2 lb. ground beef, or 1 lb. beef and 1/2 lb. ground pork
1 onion, diced small

1 cup ketchup
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
4 Tablespoons brown mustard


Preheat oven to 350°.

In large bowl, beat egg thoroughly.

Add milk (or half and half) and combine well.

Add bread crumbs and spices. Stir well to blend/coat thoroughly.

Add onion and meat. Using your hands, blend everything together well.

NOTE: Using a bit of pork will add an extra level of flavor to your meatloaf. However, if you are a true traditionalist, use only ground beef.

Form into loaf and place in greased baking dish, or form into loaf pan. Alternatively, you can also use a foil lined cookie sheet. I prefer the baking dish method for two reasons: 1) Fat will drain out of the loaf, and 2) you can get more sauce on the loaf.

In a small bowl, thoroughly combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Pour sauce over loaf.

Bake at 350° for one hour.

Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before cutting into slices to serve.

As I mentioned above, you can serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable, which is the most traditional way, I think. Alternatively, you can have any other potato dish, noodles or rice.

Try this one out and then leave a comment to tell me how it went. And don’t forget to,

Play with your food!


PS – Check out my recipe for Meatloaf with Horseradish for a spicier version.

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Lane Baldwin is a an internationally-acclaimed singer, songwriter, author and food lover. He wasn't trained in France, and he doesn't have his own TV show. He just loves to cook, and loves sharing what he's learned over the years. In his "real life," Lane has toured the world, bringing his special brand of Blues-infused Americana to millions of fans. At home he leads a quiet life filled with good books, good food and good friends.