Meatloaf Recipe Basics
4 pounds of ground meat. I usually use 1 pound each of beef, veal, pork and bison but my wife likes me to add chicken and/or turkey
About 12 ounces of bread crumbs - I prefer Progresso Italian Style
4 large eggs - 1 egg per pound of meat
8 ounces of tomato sauce - I prefer Hunt's no salt added
1 heaping tablespoon of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon each of black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
That's it for the basic ingredients!
In place of tomato sauce use ketchup or bbq sauce or maple syrup or agave nectar or crushed tomatoes
-Additional ingredients if desired
Add a finely chopped onion or about a half cup of finely chopped mushrooms.
Add 2 tablespoons of whole ground golden flaxseed meal - Bob's Red Mill
Add probably no more than a teaspoon of any of these: parsley, rosemary, thyme, Angostura aromatic bitters (just a few drops), liquid smoke, crushed red pepper (dry or fresh), chili powder, hot sauce
Mix it all together very well! I use a 6 quart pot and my hand. Stuff it into a well seasoned #10 cast iron skillet place lid on it. Cook in 350 degree oven for about an hour - if using chicken or turkey cook for about an hour and a half or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees.
My family (4 of us) usually eats only about 1/4 of this then we cut it up into 3 more pieces - 2 of which we freeze for later use and 1/4 we refrigerate for sandwiches the next couple of days. If you can't tell with all the spicy stuff I've listed my family likes a little spice in things. They don't like as much spice as I do but I'm getting them there. I don't use all of the spicy stuff at the same time but I might use 2 or 3 of them depending on my mood.