Simple Meat Loaf

I have been struggling for 34 years to make a good meat loaf. I will stuggle NO MORE. Instant stuffing mix Was the trick.
You can do add-in's as you like with this great tasting easy basic recipe. This recipe also makes "THE" best meat balls. 
You can also use 1lb of ground beef and 1lb of Italian Sausage 
OR make it with ground chicken or turkey and use chicken broth instead of beef and I use the Stove Top Stuffing chicken or turkey flavor, it was just as good. 
You can also cook in slow cooker, directions at bottom.

Servings: 6

2 to 3 eggs
1/2 beef broth
1 (6 ounce) package instant stuffing mix (i used Stove Top Herb flavored stuffing mix )
2 pounds ground beef
2 heaping spoons of ketchup
1 to 2 cloves minced garlic ( or garlic powder)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms ( optional)

brown sugar
Worcestershire Sauce

1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and beef broth . Add stuffing mix and contents of seasoning packet; mix well. Add onion, garlic ,mushrooms, ketchup and beef; mix well.
I place some slices of bread at the bottom of pan to absorb the grease... worked great! Press into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. ( I also make it on a cookie sheet, as we like crusty meatloaf and I make 2 smaller ones which cooks in less time, about 45 mins to 1 hour )
Top with ketchup sauce. ( you can use any topping you like, I use BBQ sauce some times)
Bake, uncovered, at 350'f. for 1-1/4 hours or until no pink remains , it cooks a little more after you take it out of oven. Let rest 5 mins.


I use Slow Cooker Liners for easy clean up,
 if you don't have them spray bottom of slow cooker with Pam

Crisscross two 15" x 2" strips of foil across the bottom and up the sides, leaving ends out to serve as handles.

Place the meat mixture on the foil strips, pressing lightly to form a round loaf that doesn't touch the sides of the pot. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours or 5 to 6 hours on high.

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