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Basic Meat Loaf

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  Lean ground beef 2 Pound
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Eggs 2
  Soft bread crumbs 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Milk/Other liquid 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Fresh chopped herbs/1/4 teaspoon dried herbs - basil, marjoram, rosemary, sage, savory 1 Teaspoon

Mix all ingredients except bacon thoroughly, using hands or a heavy-duty electric mixer.
If you prefer to use a spoon, beat eggs slightly before adding.
Pack into a lightly greased loaf pan (9x5x3 inches), or form into a loaf on a cookie sheet, top with bacon, and bake in preheated moderate oven (350°F.) for 1 hour, or until the loaf shrinks slightly from the sides of the pan.
If you have not covered the top with bacon, it is a good idea to baste it occasionally with equal amounts of melted butter and wine, water, or stock.
Serve with a sauce such as mushroom, tomato, or sour cream, or serve plain.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
90 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 291 Calories from Fat 128

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g22.2%

Saturated Fat 5.6 g27.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 159 mg53%

Sodium 798.4 mg33.3%

Total Carbohydrates 4 g1.4%

Dietary Fiber 0.34 g1.3%

Sugars 1.9 g

Protein 34 g67.6%

Vitamin A 2.3% Vitamin C 1.8%

Calcium 3.9% Iron 17.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Basic Meat Loaf Recipe