Dear Abby Meatloaf
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This meatloaf recipe was published in "Dear Abby's Favorite Recipes" copyright 1987, by Abigail Van Buren.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 lbs. ground beef (I usually use a 50/50 mix of ground round and chuck)
  • 1 c. seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ c. onion, finely chopped
  • ⅓ c. ketchup
  • ⅓ c. water
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • Salt & pepper to taste (I use 1 tsp. kosher salt and ½ tsp. ground pepper)
  • 4 strips bacon (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix (with your hands, ideally) until combined.
  3. Shape into 2 loaves and place next to each other on a large, rimmed baking sheet. If using, arrange bacon strips across the top.
  4. Slather each loaf with "Meatloaf Sauce" (see Notes).
  5. Bake for about 1 hour.
Meatloaf Sauce:

½ c. ketchup
3 Tb. brown sugar
1 Tb. prepared mustard
¼ c. water
Dash of salt
Mix together and slather all over meatloaf before putting into oven.
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