Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a time honored American food along with the likes of hamburgers and hot dogs. It is also easy to make. All you really need to make a meatloaf is ground meat (usually beef), seasonings and some kind of binder such as bread crumbs and eggs.

However, a classic meatloaf may typically contain ground beef, ground veal, and ground pork. I prefer to use a mix that includes ground beef, turkey and pork.

Using the Lipton onion soup mix and sour cream will result in a tender and moist meatloaf. With a little bit of brown sugar in the topping, this is a recipe that is a perfect dinner and awesome sandwiches the next day.

I had assumed that the meatloaf recipe was developed during the depression. But no, it seems that mixing meat with a filler traces back to the fourth or fifth century AD. The following recipe is from Apicius Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome, a cookbook from the fourth or fifth century AD.

“FINELY CUT PULP [of pork] IS GROUND WITH THE HEARTS [2] OF WINTER WHEAT AND DILUTED WITH WINE. FLAVOR LIGHTLY WITH PEPPER AND BROTH AND IF YOU LIKE ADD A MODERATE QUANTITY OF [myrtle] BERRIES ALSO CRUSHED, AND AFTER YOU HAVE ADDED CRUSHED NUTS AND PEPPER [3] SHAPE THE FORCEMEAT INTO SMALL ROLLS, WRAP THESE IN CAUL, FRY, AND SERVE WITH WINE GRAVY.”

A translated free ebook version of Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome by Apiciusis is available through The Project Gutenberg here

While meatloaf has been around for a long time, the modern meatloaf is probably an American innovation, aided by the invention of the meat grinder by German inventor Karl Drais in the 19th century. Recipes soon started appearing in cookbooks such as the Fannie Farmer Cookbok The Boston Cooking School Cookbook 1918 edition. Source theatlantic.com

Classic Meatloaf

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 pound ground chuck
1/4 pound ground pork
1/4 pound ground turkey
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced green pepper
1 envelope of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
1 egg slightly beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the meats. Mix in the Lipton Onion Soup, egg, sour cream, onions, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce and seasoned pepper using your hands. Form into a loaf and place in a baking dish. Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the meatloaf from the oven and pour the sauce over it and return to the oven. Continuing baking for another 45 minutes to an hour or until done. An instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf can be used to determine doneness. It should register 160 degrees.

Sauce: Stir together the ketchup, chili sauce, and brown sugar until smooth.

The dry onion soup mix and the chopped fresh onions add an additional layer of flavor to this easy and tasty recipe.

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