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Meat Loaf

Thom Hackett

Serves:  8

Meat Loaf

How many ways can you make a meat loaf?  I don't know but it seems as if each cook has a meat loaf recipe.  All the ingredients except the ground beef can be substituted.  I am sure there is a cook somewhere that will even substitute for the ground beef.  This cook feels it "ain't" meat loaf without ground beef.  I like to add 2 teaspoons of good Horseradish to my meatloaf.



1 pound lean ground beef
pound ground pork or pork sausage (lean as possible)
2 cups fresh bread crumbs, about 4 slices
cup milk
cup red onion, minced
2 egg, beaten
1 teaspoons salt
teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons Horseradish, optional
1 each Meat Loaf Glaze

Cooking Method

Preheat oven to 350 F. 


In a large bowl,

  1. combine bread crumbs and milk

  2. add minced onion, beaten eggs, salt, pepper and horseradish; combine

  3. add hamburger and sausage; mix all ingredients. 

Spoon mixture into 9" by 5" loaf pan; with spoon, level top. 

  1. Spread "Meat Loaf Glaze" over top.

  2. Bake meat loaf at 350F for 1 hours.

For easier serving, let meat loaf stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes; pour off and discard drippings.  With spatula, loosen meat loaf from pan; invert onto warm platter.

SUBSTITUTIONS FOR MILK:  Prepare meat loaf but omit milk; add one of the following:

1 (8-ounce container) creamed cottage cheese
(8-ounce package) processed cheese spread, cut in " cubes
cup sour cream
cup tomato juice or sauce
cup red burgundy
cup beer

SUBSTITUTIONS FOR BREAD CRUMBS:  Prepare meat loaf but omit bread crumbs; add one of the following:
1 cups cooked rice
1 cup uncooked rice (cover with foil so rice can cook)
1 cup cooked or uncooked macaroni
1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
1 (16-ounce can) kidney beans, drained and mashed
2 cups fresh rye bread crumbs
⅓ cup quick cooking tapioca

ADDITIONS:  Prepare meat loaf; add one or more of following:
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons horseradish
teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon curry powder
teaspoon caraway seeds
teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon soy sauce (use only 1 teaspoon salt)
cup green pepper, minced
cup celery, minced
cup sweet pickle relish
1 (12-ounce package) squash and teaspoon salt (omit milk)
1 (10-ounce package) mixed vegetables and teaspoon salt

1 cup carrots, shredded
1 cup sauerkraut (use only cup milk)
1 (12-ounce can) whole kernel corn
1 (4-ounce can) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 (4-ounce jar) diced pimentos, drained
cup parsley, chopped
cup pimento-stuffed olives, chopped
cup pitted ripe olives, chopped

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