Esther Smith's Meatloaf

Esther Smith's Meatloaf Recipe

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Julie Halbert


My Mom has always made this recipe & I have never found a meatloaf recipe that is better than this one. When we have guests over for dinner, or take meals to people this is what I make! I've had countless people ask me for the recipe. Enjoy!


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6 - 8
10 Min
1 Hr 15 Min


  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1
  • 8 oz
    tomato paste
  • 1 c
    oatmeal, uncooked (or breadcrumbs)
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped

  • ·
  • ·
    brown sugar

How to Make Esther Smith's Meatloaf


  1. Spray bread pan with non-stick spray and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop onion and mix all ingredients together in a big bowl.
  3. Place into the bread pan, making sure it's evenly distributed.
  4. In the same bowl (to save dishes) mix ketchup and brown sugar together and pour/spread on top of the meatloaf. I never measure these two ingredients. I add and mix until I have an amount & mixture that looks good. (Note: I always follow recipes...this is the only thing I don't measure. You really can't go wrong.)
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until no longer pink and meat is cooked through. If the top starts to burn, simply cover with aluminum foil.

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About Esther Smith's Meatloaf

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #meatloaf, #ground-beef

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