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meat loaf

a recipe by
Janice Splaha
North Versailles, PA

I have been making Meat Loaf for over 55 years and this recipe is by far, the best tasting one I ever made. I will stop my search for the perfect recipe.......this is it !!

serves 4 to 6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For meat loaf

  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 2-3 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    chopped onion
  • 2
    celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced garlic (i use a bit more)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp
    thyme, leaves
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 c
  • 3 oz
    shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 c
    chicken broth
  • 1
  • cracker crumbs, enough to make meat the right consistency
  • 1/3 c
    parsley flakes
  • 4 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 c
  • hot sauce, to your taste

How To Make meat loaf

  • 1
    Pre-heat oven to 350*
  • 2
    Heat butter in skillet. Add onion, celery, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Sauté until onions/celery are soft.
  • 3
    Place ground beef in a large bowl. Add chicken broth, egg, cracker crumbs, Jack cheese and parsley. Mix well, adding more cracker crumbs to get the consistency you want.
  • 4
    Add the skillet mixture to the meat. Mix well. Form into a loaf and place in baking pan.
  • 5
    Mix brown sugar, ketchup and hot sauce. (taste to adjust the hot sauce) Spread on meat loaf. Bake at 350* for 1 1/2 hours, uncovered.