Best Meatloaf Recipe:
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best meatloaf recipe

This is the best meatloaf recipe I've ever tried. It takes a bit more time than some other beef recipes, but it's worth it!

The grated carrot and grated cheese make this a substantial - and delicious! - quick meal.

Meatloaf is real comfort food - and this meatloaf is extra hearty and nutritious.

Be sure to let it cook long enough - meatloaf always takes longer than I think it will!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • salt
    • pepper

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • eggs
    • milk
    • bread crumbs
    • onion
    • Cheddar cheese
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • ground beef (about 1 1/2 lbs/750 g)

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • carrots

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a large mixing bowl
    • a loaf pan
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a grater
    • a cutting board and sharp knife

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a meat thermometer
    • a whisk for beating the eggs (if not, use a fork)

    The recipe

    Preheat oven to 350F/175C.

    2 large eggs, beaten

    2/3 cup/150 mL milk

    1 cup/250 mL bread crumbs

    1 cup/250 mL finely chopped onion

    2/3 cup/150 mL grated carrot

    1 cup/250 mL Cheddar cheese, grated

    1 tsp/5 mL Worcestershire sauce

    1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

    1/4 tsp/1 mL pepper

    1 1/2 lb/750 g lean ground beef

    In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except beef.
    Add the beef. Mix well.
    Spoon the mixture into a loaf pan.
    Bake for at least one and a half hours, until no longer pink inside.


    • Use any non-dairy milk (soy milk, rice milk, etc.) in place of the milk.

    • Use steak sauce or barbecue sauce in place of the Worcestershire - or leave it out altogether.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Experiment with different cheeses instead of - or as well as - the Cheddar. How about mozzarella?

    • Try using different ground meats: ground chicken or turkey, or ground pork - or a mixture of half ground beef and half something else.

    • Add your favourite spices. How about thyme or oregano? How about some garlic?


    • I use my clean hands to thoroughly mix all of the ingredients.

    • I prefer using a glass loaf pan when I make meatloaf. It is much easier to clean than a metal pan is!

    • Be sure that the meatloaf is completely cooked. You can use a meat thermometer to test that the meat has reached an internal temperature of at least 160F/71C, or you can cut into the loaf to ensure that there is no pink remaining.

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