I think meatloaf has gotten a bad wrap. Maybe because people were used to eating a dry tasteless mass of something they were not familiar with. This is a good basic recipe for meatloaf. I checked my pantry and made it because I was tired of making the same old, same old for dinner. Yes, I know it is odd that this has no egg, I ran out of eggs and hadn’t gone to the grocery yet. I usually like a ketchup brown sugar glaze on mine. I was out of brown sugar. I used bottled barbecue sauce instead. Any brand will do. The only thing I will do next time is grate my onion. I think the milk made it very moist. I know Julia Child added a bit of milk to her hamburgers to make them moist. “How did it taste” you ask? It was moist, delicious and flavorful without even breaking a sweat!
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (leaner is better) 1 cup 2% milk 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon dried sage 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients except barbecue sauce in a large bowl, and mix well.
Place mixture into an ungreased loaf pan or shape into a loaf in an ungreased baking pan.
Spread barbecue sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
Bake uncovered for 1 to 1 1/4 hours until no pink remains at the center of the meatloaf.
After baking, let sit for 5 minutes before removing from pan and slicing to serve.