Meatloaf is a very controversial food, either you LOVE it or you HATE it. We happen to love it! I've tried a lot of different recipes through the years and our very favorite has to be the one from Ina Garten. It is super simple and easy to make and it only has a 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs which keeps it from having too soft a texture (the worst!).
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
1 Tbl olive oil
3 cups chopped yellow onions (3 onions)
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup chicken stock
1 Tbl tomato paste
2 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup (We do not do this part because some of us do not like ketchup on meatloaf)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown. Off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork. Don't mash or the meat loaf will be dense. Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F and the meat loaf is cooked through.
Ina also says that a pan of hot water in the oven, under the meat loaf, will keep the top from cracking. Who knew???