Anybody with a WOW meatloaf recipe that doesn't use onion soup mix?

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:06:59 PM
Thought I'd make meatloaf for dinner (yes, I'm deciding last minute, could be interesting since the meat is still partially frozen).

I do not have any onion soup mix on hand, so I want something WOW that doesn't use it!

Share your recipe please?


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:10:24 PM
I've never ever used it. I take a couple eggs, bread crumbs, chopped onion and garlic. Then I add about a cup of the spicy V8 juice....Oh and I don't put ketchup (BLECH) on top. use some tomatoes instead.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:11:05 PM
I sometimes make mine with BBQ sauce, breadcrumbs , eggs and Montreal steak seasoning. I then lay bacon on the top and brush with more BBQ sauce. I have never used onion soup mix.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:13:19 PM
I've been making this for over 20 years, it's delicious!

Mama’s Meatloaf

2T olive oil
1 C each finely chopped onion and celery
3 cloves garlic, minced
1t Italian herbs (I just use oregano)
1 C marinara
1/2 C chopped Italian parsley
1/3 C chopped fresh basil
1/3C breadcrumbs (I have never used them)
1 1/2 lb ground chuck (ground beef)
1/2 lb ground sausage (my market carries a mix of ground veal, chuck and sausage, so I just use 2 pounds total of that)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in a skillet over low heat. Add onion, celery, garlic and Italian seasoning. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add marinara, parsley, basil and breadcrumbs into cooked mixture. Break up meat into the mixture, season with salt and pepper, and gently toss together. Do not over mix.
3. Lightly grease a loaf pan, Pack in meat mixture. Bake for 55 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. Do not overcook or meatloaf will be dry.
4. Remove from oven; let rest 5 minutes. Pour off any pan liquid and invert onto a plate. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:13:50 PM
I don't use onion soup mix either. I do an egg, some bread crumbs, a healthy squirt of both mustard and ketchup, a splash of Worchestershire, chopped onion (fresh or dehydrated), and some garlic, salt and pepper.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:21:55 PM
Horseradish meatloaf

This is the recipe we have used for the last few years and our whole family LOVES it.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:23:44 PM
I can't link right now but Google Martha Stewart Meatloaf 101. It's amazing!



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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:30:26 PM
Tyler Florence Dad's Meatloaf

This is the only recipe we use. Love it!!!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:31:05 PM
My husband, the guy who doesn't eat meatloaf loves Alton Brown's recipe!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:37:20 PM
I make mine with ground turkey, gluten free bread crumbs, chopped red onion, chopped celery, rosemary, tomato paste, eggs, and spinach.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:43:00 PM
This thread had some great ideas.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:50:12 PM
I don't think you really need a recipe, not if you've made meatloaf before. I just dump the ground meat into a really large bowl, then add an egg, some milk, some gluten-free hot cereal (which replaces the breadcrumbs, and adds a little extra "something" according to my family), chopped onion, and garlic. I also add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. I guess I can't say how much exactly I use, and obviously you couldn't taste the raw meat to see if it's enough. I usually dump a bunch of Italian seasoning into the palm of my hand until it looks right.

Anyway, mix all that up, adding more milk or bread crumbs/cereal/whatever until it's the right consistency, then put in pans and bake.

I never put anything on top because everyone here likes something different. One likes a mixture of ketchup and brown sugar so I make that in a small bowl. One likes spicy bbq sauce. And one likes tangy bbq sauce. (and one doesn't eat meat, so she makes a peanut butter sandwich, lol)

I always make two loaves when I cook this so that there's enough leftover for meatloaf sandwiches, or just plain leftovers.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:51:25 PM

Tyler Florence Dad's Meatloaf

This is the only recipe we use. Love it!!!

This is our meatloaf recipe too So super moist and full of flavor!

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:53:11 PM
We are having meat loaf tonight too. I use the Alton Brown recipe and I always double the glaze.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:02:30 PM
My family likes Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf:

10 slices bacon, crumbled

1 pound ground beef chuck

1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

***Season as you like. You can add french fried onions, too.
***This recipe calls for ketchup and mustard, but I don't add them.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:06:35 PM
This is the only meatloaf I have had (was my dad's recipe) but we all like it. I estimate the amounts so this is what I think I use.

*2 lbs of ground beef
*about 1/2 sleeve of saltine crackers ground up
*1 egg
*salt and pepper to taste
*squirt of ketchup
*onions (probably about 1/2 c)

Mix and shape into meatloaf form (I make two and use a regular 9x13 pan). Bake at 350 for about an hour. When almost done, top with sauce. I do half the sauce at one time then a few minutes later more sauce.

-1/4-1/2 c brown sugar with about the same amount of ketchup. To taste.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:07:34 PM
I have used Trader Joes Cuban Black Bean soup as the liquid in meatloaf and it was delish.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:11:52 PM
Thanks everybody!

I went with the Pioneer Woman recipe, but added some minced onion to it...we shall see!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:36:02 PM
I never use a recipe - I have meatloaf in the oven right now. Today I used crushed croutons (out of breadcrumbs) and crushed up French fried onions, eggs, pepper, onions and garlic. Mmmmmmm.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:48:16 PM
South of The Border Meatloaf from Pampered Chef is pretty tasty.

If you don't have the covered baker, there's directions for cooking it in the oven too.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:07:28 PM
I have never used onion soup in mine either.

I love this recipe from Bobby Deen (one of Paula Deen's sons)'s a light turkey meatloaf. It calls for some of those French fried onion things, but I never have those and leave them out.

Bobby Deen Turkey Meatloaf



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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:02:20 PM
My husband makes this one and we loooooooove it!

It really is awesome!

I haven't had much to do with meatloaf (it's not a huge thing here) but I really enjoy this one. I've had them before when in the USA but didn't really like them a lot. This one is really moist and I go back for seconds.


ETA: Beef mince = hamburger meat same type of meat for the pork too and tomato sauce = ketchup.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:06:32 PM
i'm the oddball. I just take the leanest ground sirloin, put it in a loaf pan, and there you go...meatloaf. my mom used to put cornflakes and ketchup on the top...but I just put it in plain.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:08:41 PM
Yes, my husband ADORES my meatloaf girls. Wants to have it ALL the freakin' time!

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1/2 jar pace pecante sauce (or any salsa you want)
salt and pepper
couple handfulls of fine-ly crushed up saltine crackers... mix it all together. Bake at 350-375 degrees for one hour on a jelly roll pan so that the grease drains away. (I am not fond of the actual meat loaf pans myself)

Seriously, it's so crazy easy, and the salsa makes the meatloaf so moist and just fabulous. it does not have a tomatoey taste either. It's pure heaven. This, coming from a girl that used to HATE meatloaf.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:14:37 PM
I don't have a recipe as such. Ground beef, finely diced onion, breadcrumbs (or seasoned stuffing mix if I have it), egg, teriyaki sauce. It's the teriyaki that makes it really tasty.


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Posted: 1/9/2013 5:21:09 AM
Alton Brown's meatloaf recipe is amazing!

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Posted: 1/9/2013 6:25:36 AM
pioneer women meatloaf is great

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Posted: 1/9/2013 6:55:29 AM
Think I'm going to try Dalayney's and Judi's recipes.

Generally I just add finely chopped onions, Italian bread crumbs, egg and seasonings. I think the real onions add a moistness.

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