Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Fried Onion & Ranch Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

A few months ago, Graham requested meatloaf for dinner. I was willing to oblige, but I wasn't entirely thrilled because I don't like meatloaf all that much. It was probably the one meal my mom made most often when I was growing up and it's safe to say I'm "meatloafed out". Last night Graham asked me to do something with the ground beef in the freezer, and I flipped through some cookbooks for inspiration, as well as some of my favorite WC blogs, and one of two things happened to me: 1.) Nothing sounded good, or 2.) We didn't have all the ingredients and I didn't feel like making a special trip to the store.

It was starting to look like spaghetti and meatballs (again) until I started researching meatloaf recipes. When I started researching, I noticed that most meatloaf recipes call for bland ingredients or are "Italian style", which means lots of oregano and stewed or diced tomatoes. I was starting to give up and suggest ordering Chinese instead, but I came across this recipe on and it had mostly positive reviews. There was one negative review, but it was wacky and weird, so I ignored it. :-)

I liked this, and Graham liked it too. I didn't fall in love, mainly because I still have serious meatloaf issues, but it's safe to say we're in serious like. The original recipe calls for 6 servings; I adjusted it for 4. I also tweaked it a bit--used bread crumbs instead of a bread stuffing mix. You can find the original recipe here.

Fried Onion & Ranch Meatloaf

1 egg, beaten
1lb ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 T. Italian seasoning
2 & 1/2 T. Ketchup
1 envelope dry Ranch-style dressing mix
6 to 8 oz. French-fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat egg. Combine with beef, Ranch seasoning, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs, ketchup, and fried onions.

Shape into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9 x. 5 inch pan.

Bake, covered loosely with foil, for 50-60 minutes, or until meatloaf is cooked through.

  • This was really delicious. It smelled great while baking, and the Ranch seasoning really enhances the flavor.
  • You can also substitute tomato sauce for ketchup; I didn't because I'm so used to meatloaf drenched in tomato sauce--see above.
  • I was working on my mashed potatoes at the time and the meatloaf was pretty much done before dinner was ready to be served. I lowered the heat on my oven to 250 and just left the meatloaf keep in there and stay warm.
  • You can use Italian style bread crumbs and omit the Italian seasoning.
  • I think adding a brown gravy before serving would help keep the meatloaf moist if this is too dry for you.


  1. Wow. That sounds really good. I am starring it in my reader for the future!

  2. I'm definitely making this recipe sometime soon! Cold meatloaf sandwiches are the best!


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