Background and History
Embark on a journey into the heart of homestyle cooking with this easy meatloaf recipe, a classic dish cherished for its comforting flavors. Explore the historical roots of meatloaf, tracing its origins to economical and creative home cooking during the Great Depression, and witness its evolution into a beloved American comfort food.
1 ½ pounds ground beef
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ cup ketchup (for topping)
Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour
Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, beaten egg, chopped onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried thyme. Mix thoroughly.
Shape the Loaf
Form the meat mixture into a loaf shape and place it in a baking dish.
Top with Ketchup
Spread a layer of ketchup over the top of the meatloaf.
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 1 hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (70°C).
Rest and Slice
Allow the meatloaf to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve warm.
Customize the recipe with additional herbs or spices to suit your taste.
Leftover meatloaf makes excellent sandwiches the next day.
Be mindful of potential allergens in breadcrumbs or ketchup, especially for gluten or tomato allergies. Adjust ingredients accordingly.