Basic Meat Loaf Recipe

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Quick and easy, this meat loaf can be modified in many ways. Try this basic version first, then consider any additions desired such as: grated carrot, shredded cabbage, chopped walnuts and let your preferences be your guide.
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  • 1 lean ground meat: beef, lamb, pork, venison (or a combination)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 chopped parsley
  • 1/2 bread crumbs (for a gluten-free version, crush 1 cup cornflakes to make 1/2 cup crumbs)
  • 1/2 milk
  • 1 dried herbs (sage, thyme or oregano)
  • 6 bacon (optional) or 1/4 cup ketchup or barbeque sauce
  • 1 salt and a few grindings of pepper
Container: Baking sheet
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • The quickest way is to put everything ,except the meat, into a food processor and pulse until the onion is finely chopped. To make by hand, finely chop everything, except the meat, and mix well.
  • Add ground meat to mixture in food processor and pulse a few times to blend, or mix by hand.
  • On a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet, form the meat mixture into 1 large or 2 smaller loaves. (The smaller loaves will cook more quickly and provide more browned surface.) If using bacon, drape slices over the top(s) of the loaves, or spread with ketchup or barbeque sauce.
  • Bake small loaves about 30 minutes, the larger one about 45 minutes. Serve warm. Leftovers make great sandwiches or freeze well.
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