A hearty, savory loaf of ground beef stuffed with onions, garlic, and bread crumbs that help give the meatloaf a juicy texture! The loaf is completed with a layer of tomato paste spread on top to take the flavor to the next level. Garnished with fresh parsley.
This meatloaf recipe has such a special place in my heart. My Pop-Pop made this for me all the time when I was growing up. It was one of the only "grown up" recipes that I really liked and could not get enough of! I always requested it and that was a lot coming from the picky eater I was as a kid. Once I got older and really started getting into cooking, it was one of the first recipes I asked my Pop-Pop to teach me how to make! I will never forget that day.
Unfortunately, my Pop-Pop passed away in 2018 from an a-typical form of Parkinson's Disease called PSP. I am so happy that I had learned so many of his amazing recipes and that I can continue to make them for our family. Cooking was one thing we definitely shared a love for.
I will never forget when my Grandparents lived in Florida during my college days, I flew down one summer to enjoy paradise for a few weeks. Pop-Pop and I spent hours upon hours watching Cutthroat Kitchen on Food Network because we were just hooked! It probably drove my Grandma crazy because cooking is definitely not her thing!
To start off this recipe, chop up the onion and mince the garlic. Once this is done, in a mixing bowl, add in ground beef, onion, garlic, egg, bread crumb, salt and parsley flakes. Mix well with your hands, but do not over mix.
Form the meat mixture into a loaf in the bread pan. Once you have formed your loaf, spread tomato paste on top of the loaf evenly. Yes, I use the whole can because tomato paste is my thing, but you can use as much or as little as you want.
Bake the meatloaf. When it is done, remove from the loaf pan using a large spatula. Let it cool about 5 minutes before serving!
Do you have to add tomato paste on top?
Nope! That is totally up to you! That is the way my Pop-Pop always did it so I am pretty set in my ways. I also have had meatloaf with gravy on it which is delicious too so it is really a personal preference choice!
Why do you add bread crumb?
Bread crumbs help bind the meat together so it doesn't crumble once baked. It also helps create a juicy, moist texture that you wouldn't get without the bread crumb being added.
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Pop-Pop Keebler's Famous Meatloaf
- Bread Pan
- Mixing Bowl
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease bread pan.
- Chop up the onion and mince the garlic.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine ground beef, onion, garlic, egg, bread crumb, salt, and parsley. Mix well with hands but do not over mix.
- Form into a loaf in the bread pan.
- Spread the tomato paste on top of the loaf.
- Bake for 50 minutes.
- Serve with fresh parsley as a garnish.