Meat Loaf is a classic way to serve meat, whether it is for a sandwich or for an entree. This simple recipe gives you a lot of choices as to how big your loaf will be, allowing you to freeze some of the meat loaf for another day. While the pictures show the meat loaf as a sandwich or a warm entree, I love to pick at cold meat loaf without making it into anything except a snack.
This recipe can be cooked as a single loaf, or as multiple smaller loafs. We have
successfully cooked it as 3 smaller loafs in 2 ½ x 3 ¾ x 7 ½ inch loaf pans
and as 3 logs in a 9 x 13’ baking pan..
For a single larger loaf, use a standard bread pan.
- 1 lb. Hamburger or so; packages seem to be 1.25 lbs now days. We use (85/15)
- ½ lb sausage- not flavored; just good old country sausage (Ground Pork)
- 1 pkg Onion Soup mix (see Lipton’s)
- 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz. size)
- ½ cup Quaker Oats (quick 1-minute type) make it a generous ½ cup
- 1 egg.
- Salt and Pepper;
Mix everything together, make it into log(s) and put into pan(s) that have been sprayed.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
As I said, the recipe is fairly simple; there are only a few ingredients and there are only a couple issues you need to consider. The first is whether you get your hands dirty doing the mixing, or whether like Marlys, you dump everything into a gallon freezer baggie and mix it there. The second decision is how many logs of meat loaf you want to make.
In this case, I am making three smaller loafs; I will freeze two by just putting them in gallon freezer bags.
Marlys didn’t know how much salt and pepper to use! As a Nerd who needs explicit directions, that was a problem. I have made Meat Loaf several times now, and think a pinch of each is enough. You don’t want to get it too salty, and people can add salt when they eat it if they feel it needs more salt.
Meat Loaf is like any meat; once you remove it from the heat, it needs a few minutes to solidify its juices. If you cut it too soon after removing it from the oven, it will tend to crumble. For the logs that I have frozen, I like to slice them while they are still quite cold, and then reheat the slices if I am having Meat Loaf as an entry. And while I show the Meat Loaf with a baked potato, you could also serve it with mashed potatoes made from potato buds.
Don’t ignore this tasty meat, and enjoy it both as a simple sandwich, and as an entree.