Friday, 15 November 2013

Lip-smackingly Juicy and Easy Meatloaf Recipe

What’s for dinner, honey? I guess we ladies almost hear this every day. Tell them that you made something called broccoli or kale and then you get to look at their weird and funny faces.  My daughter makes the best excuse when she don’t want to eat spinach or okra, she has this fixed excuse of stomach ache. Ahhh... these kids! But then you tell them that you had prepared a meatloaf for dinner and  her sparkling eyes are filled with joy.

Who don’t like meatloaf recipe? We all love meatloaf and we all have our very own style of making this recipe. I like variety, I never stick to one recipe in fact each time I add something new or some special ingredient in the recipe. As we know that – “variety is the spice of life”! There are plenty of ways to make a meat loaf and there are plenty of recipes for meatloaf; starting from our granny’s cookbook recipe to the Italian style of meatloaf. From home style meatloaf to the restaurant style baked meatloaf. Each recipe has its own style, ingredients and procedure.

For an easy meatloaf recipe, we need ingredients like ground beef, onion, mushroom, bread crumbs and egg etc. last time when I made this dish I was looking for some interesting twist in the recipe. I had the packet of Knorr Onion soup, the one you use to make French onion soup. This soup has perfect flavors of onion, savory herbs, vegetable and garlic flavor which uplifts the recipe completely to the different level. I had no idea that a simple soup recipe can uplift the dish so incredibly.

Keep reading for the recipe.
This recipe can serve up to 8 servings

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Stand Time: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients –
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 envelope (about 1 oz.) of dry onion soup mix
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
Method –
  1. In a heavy skillet pan, put vegetable oil and sauté onion, bell pepper and mushrooms just for 2 minutes or when it is lightly cooked.
  2. Now preheat oven 350°. Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Shape into a big loaf in 13 x 9-inch baking or roasting pan.
  4. Bake uncovered for 1 hour plus or until its cooked evenly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Cut into desired pieces and serve.
P.S. Serve it with hot chicken fried rice sides. And grilled veggies likes beans or asparagus. Or you can also serve a salad of steamed broccoli, beans and corns.

I hope you will like this recipe. Spending hours in the kitchen is fine and most of us have to spend time there, but what if you can strategize your household work in such a way that you not just make that yummy scrumptious meal in quick and easy way but you also have plenty of time to spend with your kids and loved one. If you also have some interesting ideas to share, you are most welcome to share with us! Till then, Happy Cooking. J


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