This recipe is from Foodworks II, the Sisterhood Cookbook from my childhood synagogue. My changes include nonfat milk instead of whole, less salt, and double the glaze because husband Todd LOVES glaze. I actually glaze half the loaf because the children turn up their noses at saucy goodness but love it plain.

Since first posting this, a friend asked for a different meatloaf recipe (she's made mine several times). So in her honor I'm adding Real Simple's Grilled Meatloaf which we love. These directions are simple, but of course, so I'm not posting them but a few tips: you can bake this in the oven in a loaf pan, use 1/2 onion for the loaf, and skip the onions and potatoes on the side (to keep it really simple).  Bake at 350 for about an hour, maybe a tad less. To check doneness, press the top of the loaf and look for clear juice. Let it rest, as the recipe says, before slicing.

Now, back to the first meatloaf I ever made.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl lightly beat with a fork or whisk:
  • 2 eggs

Then add:
  • 1.5 pounds (give or take) ground beef (any fat content, I use grass fed 87ish %)
  • 3/4 cup milk, any fat % (or 1/2 cup water plus 1/4 cup ketchup or 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth)
  • 2/3 cup regular (not panko) plain bread crumbs
  • 2-4 tablespoons finely minced yellow or white onion (or a shallot)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Mix with a fork or your hands* until just combined.  Press mixture into a loaf pan* spreading it flat and filling the pan.

Place pan on middle oven rack. Set timer for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, combine in small bowl:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2-4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder (try the bulk section)

Take out loaf when hour's up, or after 50 minutes if it looks done. Spoon off fat from top, if any.  Pour out liquid that's collected around the sides (careful, don't let the loaf come flying out!). Spread glaze mixture on the loaf. Bake 5-10 more minutes.

Let sit 5 minutes or more before slicing.

**Extra! Extra!**
  • Yes, with your hands! If you're going to make meatloaf, own it, and hand mixing is key. Why do you think your grandmother's food always tasted so good? And she didn't even have gallons of hand sanitizer at her disposal. My grandmother used to cook my father his favorite, tongue, (yes, from a cow) at her house. Now how do you feel about digging your hands into ground round?
  • Spend the money on an Emile Henry pan. Your loaves will thank you.

    In case you don't believe I glaze half the loaf, here ya go. 
    Also, take note, the uglier the meatloaf the better it probably tastes.