This is my dad's and my brother's favorite. I'm surprised I haven't posted it before since we have it so often around here. My kiddos love meatloaf too so it's nice to have a meal that everyone at the table likes (that doesn't happen a lot with kids). It's a pretty basic recipe...no secret ingredient or anything...but it's a crowd pleaser! The recipe below is for an 8x8 but when I'm feeding everyone we usually double it and do a 9x13. Great with mashed or baked potatoes. Enjoy!
2 lbs. ground beef
20 saltines, crushed
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried minced onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. parsley
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp celery seed
¼ tsp. cumin
Black pepper, to taste
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
*If doubling recipe, only use 3 eggs instead of 4.
*If you don't have all those seasonings you can omit them and use half a pack of McCormick Meatloaf seasoning instead. It's a good time saver too and tastes great!
Mix raw ground beef, egg, crushed saltines, tomato sauce, and seasoning in a large bowl until well combined. Press meat mixture into an 8x8 baking dish.
In a small bowl combine ketchup and brown sugar. Spread over top of meatloaf. Bake at 400 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until cooked through.
Freezer Meal Prep Instructions:
Combine ground beef, eggs, saltines, tomato sauce and seasoning together in a large bowl. Combine well and make sure seasoning are spread throughout the mixture. Press evenly into a disposable 8x8 baking dish.
In a small bowl whisk ketchup and brown sugar together. Spread ketchup mixture over the top of the meatloaf. Cover with a double layer of foil. Label and freeze.
Defrost meatloaf in fridge overnight. Bake at 400 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until cooked through. If desired you can make extra sauce and brush it on the meatloaf half way through baking. Let sit at room temperature for 5 min. and serve.