Onion Soup Mix Meatloaf

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For as long as I can remember, onion soup mix meatloaf has been one of my favorite American recipes to make. The first time I tasted meatloaf was at one of my aunt’s house in South Florida. I was a young adult at the time and coming from an all Cuban household, it wasn’t something we’d ever made or tasted. She had a handful of ingredients including this packet that read “onion soup mix”. As I stood in the kitchen watching her put this all together, in my mind, I set myself up for what would for sure be a disappointing meal. 

About an hour later, wow–was I wrong! This meatloaf was the best thing I’d ever tasted. It was a soft, moist, and a very flavorful slice of meat. To my surprise, a delicious meal.

I’ve since adapted her recipe, adding the hard boiled eggs inside, the Japanese seasoned bread crumbs, and more. Although it remains a pretty classic recipe, I’d like to think that mine is among the good ones. I hope you enjoy it. Let’s eat.

Here is the recipe:

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ – 2 Lbs of ground beef
  • 1.25 oz pack of onion soup mix, 
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp of granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of dried parsley
  • 2 Tbsp of milk (I used Lactaid brand)
  • 2 Tbsp of ketchup, plus more for topping
  • 1 tsp of ground mustard (1 tsp of yellow mustard also works)
  • 1 Tbsp of worcestershire sauce
  • 1 whole egg, beaten 
  • ½ cup of Panko japanese style seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 hard boiled eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the ground beef, onion soup mix, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and ground mustard. Use a wooden spoon to mix these ingredients gently.
  3. Then incorporate the milk, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs. Mix gently to work all the ingredients together.
  4. Once the meat mixture is cohesive, take a nonstick loaf pan and add a layer of meat to the bottom of the loaf. I used a 4” x 8” pan.
  5. Place the hard boiled eggs in the center of the loaf, then use the rest of the meat mixture to cover and form the loaf. Coat the top with ketchup, smoothing it over the entire top of the loaf.
  6. Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes.
  7. Take the loaf pan out of the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

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