Mom'sĀ Meatloaf

March  8, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but it's my mom's. I've honestly never had a meatloaf I didn't like, but this one is definitely my favorite. The added sausage meat means it's not dry, but freeing it from a loaf pan cuts down on its greasiness. I've made it with ground turkey, ground beef, or the classic "meatloaf combo", but I think my favorite combo is ground beef and turkey sausage. Chopping the vegetables finely is crucial to a loaf that holds together. —Savour

What You'll Need
  • 2 pieces sandwich bread (white or whole wheat)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 pieces celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound meat from sweet Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grate or cut sandwich bread into fine crumbs.
  3. Soak crumbs in milk. Add meats, eggs, vegetables and seasonings (except ketchup), mix well. (I usually use my hands for this.)
  4. In a roasting pan lined with tin foil, form the meat into two roughly oblong loaves and top with ketchup.
  5. Add 1/2 inch of boiling water to the bottom of the pan (this is optional, but makes cleanup MUCH easier).
  6. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until loaves are firm to the touch.
  7. Serve hot with extra ketchup, or let cool and make meatloaf sandwiches on sourdough bread with ketchup.

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I'm a Los Angeles based home cook with a full time job and 2 young kids, so my recipes tend to be accessible to busy people. I firmly believe that anyone can cook good, everyday meals from scratch with sufficient tools and encouragement, and I try to create meals that are delicious, wholesome and not too intimidating. Most of my favorite recipes tend to be twists on a classic dish that makes it new and exciting.

3 Reviews

Shayna January 14, 2019
A classic meatloaf recipe. I now use this recipe all the time. I added a bunch of colored peppers and tomatoes to the actual loaf mix. Had tons of flavor!
thatwasdelish June 16, 2011
I made this tonight and I'm still savoring the incredible taste! I added half the amount of cayenne pepper because as much as I like spice I knew that would be too much for us. I also added to the glaze a can of unsalted tomato sauce to cut the sweetness of catsup. Thank you so much. This is the first turkey meatloaf that I have liked (loved).
lastnightsdinner March 9, 2010
This is very similar to the very first meatloaf I made for my husband, who was until that time an avowed meatloaf-hater. Adding sausage with its built-in seasonings makes such a difference, doesn't it? Your meatloaf sounds lovely.