As it seems like eveyone's else's recipie is, this recipe was passed down through my mom.
I like to use a combination of lean and not-so-lean ground beef for this recipe. Personally, I use a 2:1 ratio of 90% lean and 80% lean ground beef.
I suppose some may prefer to include mushrooms in the meatloaf, but that has never suited me.
Although it's a lot messier, mixing the recipe with your hands provides an even consistency. I always serve this meatloaf with my version of Beef Succotash.