Meatloaf is my kid’s favorite! It is tender, juicy, and loaded with flavors! Just like how my kids like it. Before, I thought it is hard to prepare but I was so wrong. It’s pretty easy, however, to make the perfect meatloaf we have to make sure not to overmix because when you do you’ll end up with a tough and not tender result. So mix the ingredients until just combined. Use lean meat (as much as possible) but not too lean. We still need a bit of fat for flavor. And speaking of flavor, it is not enough to just add the seasonings, you must soak the breadcrumbs in milk for that extra flavor and moisture. And cook using a baking sheet, don’t use a loaf pan or else you’ll get a steamed meatloaf and you don’t want that. Then, let the meatloaf rest for the juice to redistribute making sure the loaf will not fall apart. Sounds complicated? Trust me it’s not. Just remember these tips and you’ll have the perfect meatloaf.
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. Italian breadcrumbs
2 pounds of ground beef
1/3 c. onion diced
1 tsp. chili sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley chopped
1/2 c. chili sauce
1/2 c. ketchup
2 tablespoons of brown sugar optional
How to Make the Best Meatloaf
Step 1: Prepare the oven by preheating it to 350 degrees F. Spray with cooking spray a foil-lined baking tray.
Step 2: Combine the eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs in a medium bowl. Sit for 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: In the same bowl, add the ground beef, onions, 1 tablespoon of chili sauce, Italian seasoning, and parsley. Mix until just combined.
Step 4: Make an 8 x 4-inch loaf in the prepared foil-lined baking tray. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
Step 5: In a small bowl, combine the chili sauce and ketchup (and brown sugar if using). Spread evenly over the meatloaf and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until cook through. Making sure the meatloaf reaches 160 degrees F.
Step 6: Once cooked, remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve. Enjoy!