Family Favorite Meatloaf

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This recipe will find a great home in your family meal planner. It is a simple dinner menu recipe that can readily be included in your great dinner recipes book. Heather brings meatloaf into the simple dinner menu folder and offers you one of many great dinner recipes you can use when in need of something different. Your family meal planner now has a recipe that will only take up just over an hour of your day and in the end will make everyone ask for seconds. Meatloaf recipes are varied and with all the different ingredients and spices you can add make them versatile and one of your go to meal ideas. You can use other meats rather than the beef that is included in this recipe but just remember to vary the cooking time since most meats take different times for cooking. Be creative and add ingredients that your favorite diners prefer and you can always change around the spices each time you make it to keep everyone honest and keep their palates wanting more.

Most everyone has a recipe whether it was passed down and the family secret or as this one that you have come across in your search for an epicurean delight. It is easy to make and once formed it can be baked or smoked or even steamed depending on your desired cooking method. The first time any meatloaf recipe was written down goes back to the many years ago in the 5th century in Roman times. It isn’t always made in the exact same way, loaf form, but as long as you have ground meat and something to help bind everything together than you have a meatloaf recipe. It first made its official appearance in North America in the early 1700’s and was probably brought over with the original German and Scandinavian immigrants. It made it way to the recipe books in the late 19th century and is now included in a huge number of recipes across the U.S. and Canada. The fact that is so close in the cooking process to many other dishes from around the world add to is allure. Many of us are glad it finally got into print so we can take that original recipe and as we all do we can put our own spin on the ingredients and the topping. Adding and subtracting to recipes is why they are so great.

The usual addition of eggs and breadcrumbs not only help to hold the meat together but also add some flavor. You can spice up the breadcrumbs and you can add onions, cheese, corn, celery or as many ingredients as you like. The topping can be ketchup, tomato paste and gravy if you please. The beauty of meatloaf is the wide variety of ingredients that you can work with and make it your own. Thanks to Heather, (from My Life Well Loved) a guest blogger of Aunt Bee’s Recipes Blog for this yummy Family Favorite Meatloaf Recipe. Make it your own with your inspirations. **

Nutrition Facts for: Family Favorite Meatloaf From Aunt Bee's Recipes
Ingredients: Ground beef, bell pepper, onion, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, ketchup, dry mustard, salt, black pepper, brown sugar.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 405, Calories from Fat 126, Total Fat 14.0g 22%, Saturated Fat 6.2g 31%, Cholesterol 157mg 52%, Sodium 1015mg 42%, Potassium 719mg 21%, Carbohydrates 26.8g 9%, Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5%, Sugars 15.6g, Protein 42.3g, Vitamin A 21%, Vitamin C 59%, Calcium 15%, Iron 126%

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