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Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:50 a.m. CDT

My favorite meal is meatloaf. It’s simple to make, and you can add so many different things to make each one different. I like to make my meatloaf and then make a package of brown gravy and pour around the meatloaf and bake. It makes the meatloaf so moist.

Meatloaf and Piquant Sauce

Meatloaf

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

2/3 cup bread or cracker crumbs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon sage

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Sauce

6 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons dry mustard

To prepare meatloaf, beat eggs in small bowl. Add milk and crumbs and stir together with fork. Set aside. In medium bowl, combine ground beef, onion and seasonings. Add milk and crumb mixture and stir well. Pack meatloaf into greased loaf or baking pan. To prepare sauce, combine all ingredients and beat together with a fork. Spread sauce over meatloaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Cowboy Meat Loaf and Potato Casserole

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 cup frozen chopped onion, thawed

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 cup barbecue sauce (Bulls Eye)

1 1.25-ounce packet taco seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 24-ounce bag frozen cut potatoes (Ore-Ida)

2/3 cup evaporated milk

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup real crumbled bacon

1/2 cup French fried onion

Salt and ground black pepper

1 cup shredded 4 cheese Mexican cheese blend

Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onions, bread crumbs, beaten egg, barbecue sauce, taco seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix thoroughly, then gently press into the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through. Carefully pour off drippings. Meanwhile microwave potatoes according to package directions in a medium bowl, mash cooked potatoes, with milk and butter. Stir in bacon and fried onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread over meat loaf to the edges of pan, sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven for 15 minutes. Slice and serve.

Surprise Meatloaf

2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

2 eggs

2/3 cup bread crumbs

1 tablespoon parsley flakes

1 10-ounce package chopped spinach, thawed

1 8-ounce carton sour cream

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Mix together ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic salt, eggs, bread crumbs and parsley flakes. Roll out into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Combine spinach, sour cream and cheese and spread over meat mixture. Roll up in jelly roll fashion and place in a large loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Celery Meatloaf

1 pound lean ground beef

2 slices day old bread, cubed

1 10 3/4-ounce can cream of celery soup

1 medium onion, chopped

1 egg

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Dash of pepper

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. Spoon into loaf pan or casserole dish. Bake at 400° for 1 hour.

Surprise Mini Loaves

1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs

1/2 cup milk

3 eggs, beaten

1 package dry onion soup mix

3 pounds lean ground beef

1 12-ounce bottle barbecue sauce

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 16-ounce can sauerkraut

1 16-ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce

Combine bread crumbs, milk, eggs, onion soup and ground beef. Shape into 4 small loaves. In a saucepan, combine all remaining ingredients. Simmer for 5 minutes. Pour over loaves in a baking pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours.

Sophisticated Meatballs

1 pound ground beef

1/3 cup dry bread crumbs

1/3 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 10 3/4-ounce can mushroom soup

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup water

Combine beef, bread crumbs, milk, egg, onion, salt and pepper and shape into balls. Brown meatballs in cooking oil. Cover and cook 15 minutes over low heat. Remove balls, pour off drippings and stir in mushroom soup, cream cheese and water. Heat through. Serve in a chafing dish to keep warm. Good served with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable. Broccoli sounds good to me.

Pizza Meat Loaf Cups

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup pizza sauce

1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese

Additional pizza sauce

In a large bowl, combine the egg, piazza sauce, bread crumbs and Italian seasoning. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Divide between 12 greased muffin cups; press onto the bottom and up the sides. Fill center with cheese. Bake at 375° for 15 to 18 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with additional pizza sauce. Makes 1 dozen.

Snappy Meat Loaf

2 pounds ground beef

1 cup finely chopped onion

24 Saltine crackers, crumbled

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 eggs, beaten

16 ounces tomato sauce

4 tablespoons cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

4 tablespoons brown sugar

Knead together the ground beef, onion, crackers, salt and pepper, eggs and 8 ounces of the tomato sauce. Shape firmly into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Mix together the vinegar, dry mustard and brown sugar and pour over the meat loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 1/4 hours until done. Serves 8.

Italian Meat Loaf Patties

1 12-ounce package extra wide noodles

1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted

1 15-ounce can Del Monte Original sloppy Joe sauce

2 pounds ground beef

1 cup dry bread crumbs

2 eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon dried minced onions

Preheat oven to 375°. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain. Toss with butter, keep warm. Set aside half of sauce to brush on patties. In large bowl, combine remaining sauce with remaining ingredients, mix with fork. On large, greased baking sheet, shape meat mixture into 8 1-inch thick oblong patties. Brush reserved sauce over patties. Bake 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center. Serve patties on hot buttered noodles.

Meat Loaf Surprise

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 cups Wheat Chex brand cereal, crushed to 1 cup

1 8-ounce can tomato sauce

1 egg

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup (4 ounces) diced cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine beef, cereal, tomato sauce, egg, onion, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt and pepper in large bowl. Place half of mixture in ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Place cheese evenly over meat. Top with remaining meat mixture. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until done.

If you have any good different meat loaf recipes, I would love to have you send them to my email address at judyd2313@frontier.com or drop a line to my attention to the BCR, P.O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356. Happy Meat-Loafing!

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