This Best Ever Meatloaf recipe is blended with the perfect seasonings and a cheesy top. It is the most delicious meatloaf recipe ever.
Meatloaf has always been a favorite at the Smith House. And though I’ve experimented with different flavors and ways to make it, there’s one particular recipe that all of us enjoy the most.As a kid, I loved my mama’s meatloaf. It was moist and well-seasoned. And it was the kind of recipe I think of when comfort food classics come to mind. But I’ve never liked meatloaf elsewhere. The others I’ve tried or more loaf-like.
Yes, I know it’s called meat LOAF, but I want way more meat and less like loaf bread. You know what I’m talking about.
So when I married, I always used Mama’s meatloaf version. And my husband devoured it, too. But ever since I tweaked it a bit with a few extra seasonings, I’ve been able to bake a meatloaf that’s out of this world.
It really is the best meatloaf ever–seriously. After this one, my husband and boys have never found another meatloaf that even came close. For the best ever meatloaf, the secret is in just a couple of seasoning choices to create a meatloaf like no other.
It’s juicy, yet still easy to slice, and one of those comfort foods your family will rave about. I also must note that my husband’s the reason I’m sharing this post.
I don’t know why I’ve never shared it before, really. But he insisted and keeps reminding me that you’ll love it just as much as we do. So here goes. . .
Best Ever Meatloaf
To make a great meatloaf, choose extra lean ground beef. That way, the meatloaf stays together nicely and isn’t greasy.
Don’t worry. With this recipe, you’ll use plenty of other seasoning to create a great flavor. Those seasonings will also help the loaf keep it’s shape without drying it out.
For this recipe, I’ve learned to double the mix. My husband and boys can’t resist seconds on this one, so I’m including the family-size portion in the recipe at the bottom of the post.
I also like to sauté my onions a bit before adding to the mixture. That way they have a little head start on cooking time and aren’t crunchy, but cooked through.
But don’t worry–I share that extra step in the recipe below, too. Just print out your own copy. Your family will love this one–enjoy! 🙂
2 lbs. extra lean ground beef
1/4 cup of Zesty Italian dressing
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 pkg. chicken flavored stuffing mix
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In skillet, cook onions in dressing until slightly browned.
In large bowl, mix ground beef, 1/4 cup of ketchup, stuffing mix, eggs, onions, and 1 cup of water.
Place the combined ingredients into a 13 x 9 baking dish and shape into a large loaf.
Add layer of ketchup to the top of the loaf and bake for 1 hour or until it’s cooked all the way through.
Optional: Cover the loaf with cheese and bake until melted.
- 2 lbs. extra lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup of Zesty Italian dressing
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 pkg. chicken flavored stuffing mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In skillet, cook onions in dressing until slightly browned.
- In large bowl, mix ground beef, 1/4 cup of ketchup, stuffing mix, eggs, onions, and 1 cup of water.
- Place the combined ingredients into a 13 x 9 baking dish and shape into a large loaf.
- Add layer of ketchup to the top of the loaf and bake for 1 hour or until it's cooked all the way through.
- Optional: Cover the loaf with cheese and bake until melted.