Really Great Meatloaf!

READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • Set oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare a 9 x 5-inch baking pan and a baking sheet covered with foil to place underneath to catch any drippings.
  • 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).
  • Pack the mixture into prepared pan.
  • Place the pan on a foil-lined baking sheet to catch any spills.
  • Bake for about 1 hour.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add in the soft breadcrumbs and cook until lightly browned.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread evenly onto the bottom layer of beef mixture, then press down slightly.
  • Top with layer of beef mixture and bake as stated.