Grab some fresh ground beef and you're ready to make this Frugal Family recipe. You likely have everything else you need on hand already!
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My kids aren't picky eaters---well, they'd like to be but this mama only makes one meal for everyone. Around here we've adopted the mantra, "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit". Still, it's rare to find a recipe that pleases everyone.
But this. This meatloaf makes everybody happy! It's simple, frugal, flavorful, and the leftovers make great sandwiches. You probably have everything you need to make it already in your kitchen---minus the meat, maybe.
I make enough to fill two bread loaf pans but have found that serving is easier if I just press the mixture into a 13x9 pan instead. I use my fingers to make a little well all the way around so it's easier to remove the grease as the meatloaf cooks. Use a turkey baster to suction up the juices several times while this is baking. It will make for a nicer tasting meatloaf without all that grease and I think it helps it cook faster, too.
3 lbs. ground beef (you can use other ground meat, but at least one pound of it should be fattier beef to hold it together)
2 sleeves saltine crackers or 2 cups oats
2 c. milk
2 TB mustard
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 TB sage
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Mix everything together very well---you'll likely need to use your hands to mash it all up. Form into two loaf pans---or one 13x9 baking pan. Bake uncovered at 350º for one hour or until meat is cooked completely through. Check on it after the first 30 minutes, and again at 45 minutes, to suction off any extra grease. The combination of ingredients in meatloaf often makes the meat look pink, even when it's cooked through. If you're unsure, use a meat thermometer to test it for doneness.
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