My dad is an awesome cook. He’s not what I would consider the “typical” man: he cooks, cleans, and gardens better than some women I know (don’t I sound like such a daddy’s girl!). I always remember being amazed at the simple yet utterly scrumptious foods he made. The perfect home fries, super crunchy chicken wings, the creamiest shrimp pasta, and my absolute favorite: the perfect meatloaf.
I always got excited whenever he decided to make it. He didn’t make it often but when he did, it was magical. It was super moist and packed with flavor. His is usually made with beef (which makes it absolutely to die for!) but I had tons of turkey meat in my freezer and a very intense desire for meatloaf. It took me months to wrangle the recipe out of him but I got it… and here it is:
Meatloaf – 12-16 servings
2 lbs of meat (beef, turkey or chicken*)
1 pouch of onion soup mix
2 large eggs
1/4 cup of water
2/3 cup of ketchup
3/4 cup of bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly. I added a few more spices like rosemary, thyme, etc. to taste so feel free to do the same according to your tastes and preferences.
2. Spray non-stick spray in a glass baking dish and mold the meat mixture in as you’d like.
3. Place mixture in pre-heated oven for about 1 hour, checking occasionally. The meat should be done but if you really want to be sure, you can slice the meat down the center to make sure it is fully cooked.
I know what you’re thinking… onion soup mix?? Trust me- give it a try and you will not be disappointed. *Also, as a side note, I once accidentally made chicken meatloaf and it was not a winner (I’m so sorry Liz!!! This is one of the reasons my family thinks I can’t cook… I made them eat the most horrible chicken meatloaf ONCE!!! And they still won’t let me live it down!!!) So I would be extremely careful using chicken in this recipe.
This recipe produces 12-16 healthy servings of meatloaf- so I halved the recipe and had about 6-8 VERY healthy serving of meatloaf. I love leftovers so I was looking forward to thinking of fun ways to use the rest of the meatloaf (nothing goes to waste in my house!)… so for lunch the next day I made Meatloaf Subs!