Diner Meat Loaf
Dig into meat loaf like you find in your local diner, homemade and partnered
with mashed potatoes and gravy.
- 1 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
- 1 clove garlic or 1/8 teaspoon garlic
- 1 small onion
- 2 slices bread with crust
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup ketchup, chili sauce or barbecue sauce
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, break up the beef into small pieces, using a fork or spoon.
- Peel and finely chop the garlic. Peel the onion, and chop enough of the onion
into small pieces to measure 3 tablespoons. Wrap remaining piece of onion, and refrigerate
for another use. Add the garlic and onion to the beef.
- Tear the bread into small pieces and add to beef mixture.
- Add the milk, Worcestershire sauce, sage, salt, mustard, pepper and egg to the
beef mixture. Mix with a fork, large spoon or your hands until the ingredients are
- Place the beef mixture in an ungreased baking pan. Shape the mixture into an
8 x 4-inch loaf in the pan, then spread the ketchup over the top.
- Bake uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes until meat and juices are no longer pink or until
a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 160 degrees F and center
of loaf is no longer pink.
- Let the loaf stand for 5 minutes so it will be easier to remove from the pan.
- Remove loaf from pan and cut into slices.
Yield: 6 servings
If you like bell pepper, onions, and celery in your meat
loaf, you may find that it may remain pink even though the beef is cooked to 160
degrees F in the center. It's due to the natural nitrate content of these ingredients.
So it is best to always check meat loaf with a thermometer to make sure it is thoroughly
cooked. Cut a small slit near center of loaf; meat and juices should no longer be
Substitution: Use ground turkey for the beef. Bake about 60 minutes or until
a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 165 degrees F.
You can use 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs or 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats for the 2
slices bread. Just add it to the beef mixture.
Almost any size pan will work; just be sure the pan has sides to catch the juices
that will accumulate while the meat loaf bakes.
Nutrition Information: 1 Serving (1 Servings) Calories 290 Calories from
Fat 130), Total Fat 15g (Saturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1g), Cholesterol 125mg; Sodium
560mg; Total Carbohydrate 15g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 7g), Protein 23g
Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate
Carbohydrate Choices: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Reprinted with permission from