Roasted Garlic Meatloaf

Sometimes ya just gotta have meat and potatoes.  I grew up on a farm, after all…

I also had some roasted garlic to use up.

Normally I throw all kinds of seasonings into my meatloaf — it’s one of the most versatile dishes on the planet — but this time, I wanted basic.  Salt, pepper and… ah yes, roasted garlic.  And a few green onions for color.  (Had some of those left, too!)

Gratuitous mashed potato shot -- I liked the light.

Paired with a mound of fluffy mashed potatoes and a vegetable of your choice, it makes for a nice meal.

Mind you, this isn’t a saucy, bacon-draped, barbecued affair — just good ol’ meatloaf.  And some mighty fine sandwiches the next day.  (Feel free to top it with whatever you like, if you’re so inclined.)

Roasted Garlic Meatloaf

1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck

1/2 c. beef broth or milk (I used milk — I grew up on a farm, yada yada…)

2 eggs

1/2 c. toasted bread crumbs

1/2 -1 whole head of garlic, roasted (see here for tips)

A liberal dose of Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

4 green onions, sliced (including tops)

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and broth (or milk.)  Add bread crumbs, roasted garlic, and salt & pepper.  Let this sit for a bit until the crumbs soak up the liquid.

Add ground beef and green onions.  Mix together lightly with your hands.  (The phone always rings during this step, just so ya know.)

Shape mixture into a loaf and place in a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.  Bake 40 to 60 minutes.

Not exactly rocket science, but sometimes simple is good.

Enjoying back to the basics,

~ Kim

What’s your favorite “basic” meal?

35 thoughts on “Roasted Garlic Meatloaf

  1. Kim, I made a big mistake dropping by before my lunch. I’m sooooooo hungry now!!! I love garlic & tend to put a lot in my food. It really brings out the flavour in the dish. Well done!

    • Jen, isn’t it funny how some of those foods from our childhoods taste completely different (and/or wonderful) now? I don’t recall disliking anything in particular (other than liver, which I still don’t care for!) — maybe one day I’ll change my mind about that, too. :) Thanks for coming by!

    • Thank you, Shannon! I’m not sure where meatloaf’s origins began, but it seems to be a Midwest staple — sort of a way to “stretch” ground beef. :) So tickled you liked the mashed potatoes — they’ve long been a favorite of mine.

    • Dear chopinand,
      Meatloaf opinions fall into two camps: ya either love it or not. :) No worries! Glad you liked the mashed potatoes — I use my Grandma’s good ol’ hand held “masher,” believe it or not — works like a charm!

  2. oh boy! it’s late at night here and my mouth is watering! i know what i’m making for dinner tomorrow! plus my whole family loves meat-loaf! and i never though of using milk so i’m curious to try! thanks for sharing!

  3. Okay – that looks absolutely amazing! My honey bunny (who is a meat and potatoes guy) would follow you to the ends of the EARTH for this one!

  4. I’ve never made meatloaf, but after having a very sad and disappointing experience with it over the holidays in Wisconsin (it was the special at this local bar/restaurant and it was NASTY–I couldn’t worry down more than about 2 bites), I think I need to redeem the mealoaf again by making it. I LOVE your idea of adding roasted garlic. YUM!

  5. Ahhhhhhh comfort food at its finest. My favorite “basic” meal is a delicious bowl of steamy homemade soup. Brings me right back to my grandmother’s kitchen. Pasta isn’t far behind. . .

  6. My husband will not eat meatloaf and I LOVE it. So there are times he goes out for fish n chips and I eat meatloaf and we’re both happy. I would love to try this one because I love roasted garlic almost as much as I do meatloaf. :)

  7. OH I love love love meatloaf (Mr. Man is not a big fan….childhood issues!) but I would have never thought of using roasted garlic! I will have to make it soon, did I mention I love meatloaf? :) Have a wonderful day my sweet Kim!

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