Company Meatloaf

  • Yield: servings

'When having guests for dinner, it seems I invariably prepare this favorite family recipe for meat loaf. It feeds eight to ten people and is easy to make, moist, and delicious. This recipe was given to me by an aunt and is one I would not want to do without. The meat loaf is very good served with pinto beans, salad, and cornbread.'


1 1/2pounds ground chuck
1 1/2cups milk, scalded
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4teaspoon baking powder
1small green bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2cups crushed Ritz or similar crackers
1tablespoon garlic salt
1large onion, chopped
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1can water


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. With your hands, mix together the ground chuck, milk, egg, baking powder, bell pepper, crackers, garlic salt, and onion. Form the meat mixture into a loaf, and place it in the dish. Heat the soup and water to boiling in a saucepan. Pour over the meat loaf. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, then for 1 hour and 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Baste the meat loaf three times during the baking.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Tips From Our Test Kitchen:

After mixing the ingredients and before forming into a loaf, let the mixture stand for a few minutes to allow the crackers absorb some of the liquid.