Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Easy Meatloaf from Your Pantry -- Family Frugal Recipe

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.

Easy Meatloaf
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)
3 eggs
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 350ยบ 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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  1. Mmmm my family loves meat loaf. Thanks for sharing and hosting!

  2. Your picture is beautiful Sarah! I like the new name too! THanks for hosting!

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry! I'm glad you stopped by!

  3. Thank you for hosting us every week -
    I learn something all the time!
    Thanks for all you do!
    All the best, Mimi

    1. That is such a wonderful compliment, Mimi! Thank you!

  4. Beautiful...I love the new look and name! Come share on somuchathome.blogspot.com! I also love meatloaf. I have a similar recipe only I buy a big can of Manwich and use 3/4 of it in my meat. Then I add ketchup to the remaining Manwich and I put it on the top and bake it a little just before it's done. Delish! Sometimes I use that roasting pan that comes with most ovens to bake mine on because it allows the grease to drain. Again, I love Classical Homemaking and I think it is a beautiful blog!!!
    God bless.

    1. That sounds delicious! Thanks so much for your sweet compliments, Chris! I'm headed your way now!

  5. I love meatloaf.
    Thanks for hosting and for the recipe.
    Have a nice week Sarah.

  6. Sarah!! I'm thrilled to find you again!! I sa your link on the social media fb group page, clicked to your fb page and found your "new" blog!! Subscribed to get all posts..... I'm so happy to reconnect! Looking fwd to catching up! How have you been??? :)

    Loving the meatloaf recipe!

    Adding your button to my sidebar. God bless...cococo

    1. Oh wow, Hi!! It has been awhile since we've connected! I'm headed over to visit you now. So glad you "found" me again! :)

  7. I love your new look. You have a unique form of writing and always present interesting text. your photos are consistently clear and intriguing. I look forward to your posts. Thank you, Sarah.

    1. Thanks, Mom! You are a blessing and a true treasure!

  8. Great party! Thanks for hosting :)


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