I had never made meatloaf before. I love my Mom's meatloaf, but it always gives me heartburn. I chose this recipe because it looked easy and I like all of the ingredients. I'm giving this recipe 4 stars as it is written. I've made it a few times now and have made a couple of minor changes that makes it perfect for us. I use BBQ sauce in the mixture instead of ketchup, I use ground round (just enough fat to keep it moist, but not so much to make it greasy), I'm generous with the cheese (I like to shred my own Vermont Sharp White Cheddar), and I top it with ketchup and bacon before throwing it in the oven. I also mix the eggs, onion soup mix, bbq sauce, and steak sauce together with a fork in a separate bowl to make sure they are well blended before hand mixing it all into the burger. I think it reconstitutes the dried onion flakes in the soup mix better and also insures better distribution in the meat. Plus my Mom always says you don't want to keep handling and remixing the meat and beating it up. I form it into a loose football shape and put it in a loaf pan (a made for TV one that has a lift out tray for the meatloaf and holes to allow the grease to drain away from the meatloaf). A loosely packed meatloaf makes the texture lighter (which we like). If you like it firmer then smash it into your pan for a more solid texture.
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I had never made meatloaf before. I love my Mom's meatloaf, but it always gives me heartburn....