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You Need to Try Shirley’s Meatloaf Recipe

Mama Shirley's meatloaf recipe

You Need to Try Shirley’s Meatloaf Recipe

Every family needs a good meatloaf recipe. Meatloaf is a relatively easy dinner to make, perfect for a weeknight when you don't have tons of time to try something more complicated. Plus, depending on the size of your family, you can be left with leftovers that will cover the next night.

This meatloaf recipe is delicious. It uses ingredients like poultry seasoning and bacon to give it a unique flavor you won't find with a lot of other meatloaf recipes. It may sound a little odd to use poultry seasoning on meatloaf, but trust us.

Keep These Things in Mind

If you end up with leftovers, make sure you store them in a sealed, airtight container. We recommend avoiding zip-top bags, as they don't always seal well and are prone to breaking open. A hard plastic container is best. Try to finish your meatloaf within a few days.

Whenever meat leftovers are concerned, you want to be careful. Spoiled meat can lead to severe illness, so it's better to be safe rather than sorry. Usually, spoiled meat will have a bad odor, but sometimes this may not be present. An off-color or odd, slimy appearance can also be indicative of spoilage.

Ultimately, when in doubt, throw it out! It's better to throw something out that you're uncertain of than to take the chance and get everyone in your family sick. Assuming your leftover meatloaf is stored correctly, it should be completely safe to eat for three to four days.

For sides, a go-to side is always going to be mashed potatoes. One of the great things about mashed potatoes is that you don't have to make them yourself every time. You can easily find pre-made mashed potatoes in your grocery store. Other options include roasted vegetables, mac and cheese, and sweet potatoes.

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Shirley's Meatloaf

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1 lb. ground beef
6 oz. loose sausage meat
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1 cup fine bread crumbs
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 (10 3/4 oz) can tomato soup
2 1/2 strips uncooked bacon
4 strips green pepper (1/2 inch wide, cut vertically)


1. Set the oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line the bottom and narrow ends of a 9-inch by 5-inch by 3-inch loaf pan with a single strip of parchment, allowing 1 to 2 inch overhang at each end. Coat pan and liner with vegetable spray.

2. Combine ground beef and sausage meat in a large bowl. Set aside.

3. In a smaller bowl, combine onion, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.

4. Working quickly  with your hands, add bread crumb mixture to meat and mix to combine. Do not overwork or meatloaf will be tough. Add half of the tomato soup and quickly combine.

5. Place the meatloaf in prepared pan. Spread remaining tomato soup over top. Cut strips of bacon in half and arrange alternating strips of bacon and green pepper over top of meatloaf. Bake 1 hour.

6. Turn off oven and let meatloaf stand in oven another 30 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center of the meatloaf registers 160°F.

7. Remove meatloaf from oven and cool in a pan on a rack for 30 minutes. Grasp both ends of parchment liner and lift meatloaf from pan.

8. To serve, cut meatloaf into slices, place on a baking pan, cover with foil and set in 350 degree F oven until heated through, 5 to 10 minutes.

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