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
apx. 20 saltine crackers, crushed (like 1/2 a sleeve)
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/4 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.