Earlier in the week, Joe had an errand near Wegman's so he took the coupon and stopped to pick up a few things on his way home. Usually, I package the ground meat into 3/4 lb. portions right away, but this week was pretty hectic and I just kept putting it off. After the burgers I made for dinner that first night, I still had 5 lbs of meat to cook.
My plan was to just brown it all and then divide into recipe sized portions for the freezer. Having pre-cooked ground beef really helps when you need something quick for dinner. I mentioned my plan to Joe and he requested meatloaf. Two meatloaves to be exact. (I'm sharing the recipe for one of them today) Since he rarely makes dinner requests, I decided give in and make meatloaf. I just didn't want our usual meatloaf.
I looked to my friends on Facebook for suggestions, but I was too impatient to get started to wait for responses so I checked my pantry for a packet of Onion Soup Mix. Just as I thought, I had one packet left from the box I bought over the holidays for dip.
Following the directions on the box, I switched up a few things: milk in place of water, seasoned bread crumbs instead of plain and chili sauce instead of ketchup. I also sprinkled some brown sugar on top since I loved the onion-brown sugar combo when I made hobo packs a few weeks ago. And since my free form meatloaves always fall apart, I took Joe's suggestion and pressed the mixture into a glass loaf pan.
The result? A wonderfully, flavorful meatloaf that didn't fall apart! In fact, the perfectly sliced leftovers made great sandwiches for lunch the next day!
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 envelope onion soup mix
- 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/3 cup chili sauce
- brown sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all of the ingredients (except for the brown sugar) in a large bowl.
- Form into a loaf shape on a baking sheet or press into a loaf pan.
- Sprinkle brown sugar on top.
- Bake for 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
We haven't tried the second meatloaf yet, but I prepared that one slightly differently since I only had one packet of soup mix. Check back later in the week for that recipe! As I mentioned above, my friends did provide lots of suggestions on preparing their favorite meatloaf and in the future, I plan to give all of their tips a try!