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Meatloaf that's the world's greatest

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Most everyone has their opinions of the American standard, the meatloaf. Some love it, some can't stand it! Many men prefer the meatloaf their mother made over the one their wives make and to some, there's no such thing as a bad meatloaf. Having eaten meatloaf most all of my life, I've always enjoyed it. I can actually say that I've never had a truly bad meatloaf, though of course, there are some versions that I've liked better than others.

I've come across a recipe for meatloaf that states that it's the world's greatest! Aptly titled, "The World's Greatest Meatloaf", I can say that this is really a great one. Not too spicy nor too bland, this has quite a number of ingredients in it. But, don't let that scare you from trying it! One great advantage of this meatloaf is that you have about everything on hand to make it. It goes together pretty easily and serves about eight. This is one to remember for when you have company.

This meatloaf gets it flavor from a number of herbs and flavorings. Like most all meatloaf recipes, you add either oatmeal or breadcrumbs to extend the meat and to tenderize it. This one calls for oatmeal. An egg, along with ketchup, mustard, onion, celery, the oatmeal and beef bouillion cubes that are dissolved in water. All of this is added to the ground beef and mixed. It's now formed into a loaf and baked. In an hour, you've got some mighty good meatloaf!

Though I've never made this with ground turkey breast, I don't see why you couldn't. Also, when choosing your ground beef, try to get some lean beef, so that you don't end up with a lot of extra fat. Finally, when mixing this meatloaf, mix it only enough to mix it well. Overworking the mixture can make for a tough meatloaf.

Another very good meatloaf recipe I shared sometime ago was one from former advice columnist Ann Landers, for "Ann Lander's Meatloaf". To get this recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-famous-meatloaf-from-a-popular-columnist

If you've been looking for a really good meatloaf recipe and haven't quite found it yet, see if this one will fit the bill!

THE WORLD'S GREATEST MEATLOAF

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Accent flavor enhancer
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry leaf basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry leaf thyme
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 lbs. ground chuck

Beat egg lightly in a large bowl. Add the Accent, salt, pepper, basil, thyme, ketchup, mustard and oats. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and add to bowl. Mix until ingredients are well mixed. Add celery and onion. Break up the beef and add to the bowl. Mix lightly but thoroughly with a fork. In a shallow baking dish, about 9x13 inches, shape mixture into a 12-1/2 inch oval loaf. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Yield: 8 servings.

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