Really Great Meatloaf!

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
1 hr 15 mins

I think you will really enjoy this meatloaf, I know my family does! ---if you have any left overs just warm slightly and serve in crusty buns with BBQ sauce --- this is great served with mashed taters or fries, the topping recipe may be doubled if desired ----- *note* if you want to take this meatloaf to another level and make this company-worthy prepare the meatloaf with the stuffing mixture in the middle, this is only optional the meatloaf is still delicious by itself --- prep time does not include preparing the stuffing mixture.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Set oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 5-inch baking pan and a baking sheet covered with foil to place underneath to catch any drippings.
  3. Using clean hands mix together all meatloaf ingredients except the 1/2 to 3/4 cup ketchup and the brown sugar, until well combined in a large bowl (adding in a little more breadcrumbs if needed).
  4. Pack the mixture into prepared pan.
  5. Place the pan on a foil-lined baking sheet to catch any spills.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour.
  7. Mix together ketchup with enough brown sugar to taste (start with 2 tablespoons adding in as much brown sugar as you desire to reach desired sweetness).
  8. After the 1 hour of baking, remove the meat loaf (at this point you can carefully drain off some of the fat if desired) and spread the ketchup/brown sugar mixture over the top.
  9. Place back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the meat loaf is pulling away from the sides of the pan.
  10. OPTIONAL for the stuffing mixture; melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; add in mushrooms, onion and thyme, cook stirring until the mushrooms brown and loose their moisture.
  11. Add in the soft breadcrumbs and cook until lightly browned.
  12. Season with salt and pepper.
  13. Spread evenly onto the bottom layer of beef mixture, then press down slightly.
  14. Top with layer of beef mixture and bake as stated.