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Simple Meatloaf Recipe
Makes 4 servings. Recipe can be doubled.
1 pound lean ground beef
breadcrumbs or oats
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Have a loaf pan or baking dish ready.
Place the ground beef in a nice, roomy bowl, then add the egg. Pour in about a half-cup of bread crumbs. Add seasonings to taste - start with about 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Squeeze in about 1/3 cup or so ketchup. Now, using your very-clean hands, thoroughly mix and squish the ingredients together. Still using your hands, form the mixture into a loaf or round shape. (In the picture, I used a square, glass baking dish and made my meatloaf round.) Make sure the mixture is nice and firm, compact and smooth. Place the loaf into the pan, then squeeze a zig-zag of ketchup on top. Place the pan into the preheated oven.
For a 1-pound loaf, bake for about 45 minutes. If you double the recipe and make one large loaf, bake for about an hour. If I'm not sure it's done, I just take it out, let it set for about a minute then cut through the center. The meat should be cooked thoroughly with no pink showing. When it's ready, let it set for about five minutes, then slice or cut into wedges to serve.
Serve with: Wash a few medium-sized baking potatoes, pierce with a knife or fork, and pop those into the oven as it's heating, while you're preparing the meatloaf. The baked potatoes should be ready when the meatloaf is done (total cooking time for the potatoes, 1 hour). Serve with fresh, steamed broccoli for a wonderful, comfort-food meal. As with any recipe, adjust the seasonings to your family's taste. The combination I used here works great for us and should satisfy most adults and even the kids. Enjoy!