Stupid Easy Meatloaf
I was expecting company the other day and sadly, I had absolutely nothing in the fridge.
To make matters worse, there wasn’t much time to cook either. Normally, I would’ve panicked a little bit, because you know, when I have people eating at my table, I always like to feed them decent food. I’m pretty sure that the old me would’ve resorted to serving some kind of pasta dish that night, but that’s not really an option anymore. So I was at a bit of a loss as to what I was going to feed my guests…
Lucky for me, I’d watched a movie the previous night where they were having what looked like a super simple, classic Meatloaf, complete with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and some kind of slaw.
HA! That totally inspired me. Seeing as how the fridge was half empty, I decided that I was going to make a Stupid Easy Meatloaf: a very basic meatloaf that would require no fancy ingredients whatsoever. Nothing but a few pounds of ground beef, a couple of fresh eggs, some grated cauliflower (to replace the breadcrumbs and add some moisture, you know… a meatbrick isn’t exactly what I was after) and a bunch of herbs and spices. All stuff that I usually have on hand at any given time
Honestly, this meatloaf turned out to be so delicious and moist and super tasty, it’ll now be my go-to recipe!
My guests absolutely loved it, my son gave it his seal of approval, and I’m pretty sure that once you’ve tried it, you too will want to adopt it…
Making it couldn’t be easier. Start by preheating your oven to 375°F
Then, place all the required ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead with your hands until all the ingredients are well combined.
Now if you went and took a peek at the list of ingredients, you probably thought that there were a heck of a lot for a recipe that’s supposed to be stupid easy and simple to make. Don’t let that discourage you. The majority of the ingredients listed are actually super common spices, most of which I’m almost certain you have in your cupboards or can easily find a substitute for.
When your meat mixture is nicely kneaded and evenly combined, transfer it to a loaf pan; press it down and shape the top so it looks beautifully nice and round.
Then, cover the top with as much (or as little) Frank’s Red Hot Sauce as you like. Of course, you may totally leave that out, but know that the sauce adds a very pleasant little zing to the meatloaf and doesn’t really make it hot and spicy. I used about 2 tablespoons of the stuff and my daughter, who isn’t a fan of heat at all, thought that it was just perfect.
Place your meatloaf in the oven and if you want to play it safe, place a broiler pan or large piece of aluminum foil directly underneath it to collect any drippings that may eventually leak out of the pan.
Bake for a total of 60 minutes then drain all the excess liquid by tilting the pan slightly over the sink. Set your oven to broil and place the meatloaf under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until the top get nice and brown.
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest in the pan for at least 20 minutes before attempting to slice it.
Unless you don’t care for neat, clean slices of meat, that is…
But if you want slices that hold their shape, do give your meatloaf some time to rest, then remove it from the pan and carve into thick slices
Transfer to a serving dish, drizzle with more Frank’s, if desired, and set your delicious meatloaf in the middle of the table for your guests to feast on.
I’m sure none of them will ever guess that A- the fridge was near empty when you chose to make that, B- there was no time to cook and C- this was so stupid easy to make!
Oh, and if you wanted to serve some good old classic, “you’d-swear-this-was-store-bought” coleslaw with that, I’ve got you covered.
Just keep an eye out for my next post
Stupid Easy Meatloaf
- 2 lb grassfed ground beef
- 1 cup grated cauliflower
- 1 - 6oz can tomato paste
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tbsp dried onion flakes
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried chives
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp celery seeds
- Frank's Red Hot Sauce, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375°F
- Place all the ingredients except for the Frank’s in a large mixing bowl; knead with your hands until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Transfer the meat mixture to a loaf pan; press it down and shape the top so it looks nice and round. Cover with as much (or as little) Frank’s as you like (I used about 2 tablespoons)
- Place your meatloaf in the oven. Make sure to place a broiler pan or large piece of aluminum foil directly underneath it to collect any drippings that may eventually leak out of the pan.
- Bake for a total of 60 minutes then drain excess liquid, set oven to broil and place the meatloaf under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until the top is nice and brown.
- Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for at least 20 minutes before serving.
- Drizzle with more Frank’s at the moment of serving, if desired.
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13 Comments on “Stupid Easy Meatloaf”
I love your site and recipes! Today I’m making your Maple Pork Tenderloin but I have a question for you. I live in Germany and I haven’t been able to find coconut aminos. I substituted low sodium tamari, but that’s not Paleo, is it? What would be a good Paleo substitute?
Thanks for all the beautiful recipes! You are so good!
Thanks much for your kind words, Dana! I greatly appreciate them.
Coconut Aminos would be the paleo substitute. There is no other one that I’ve ever heard of. Have you tried looking for it online? I’m pretty sure that Amazon carries it and that one of their branches will ship to Germany… other than that, I can’t think of another solution… sorry I can’t be of more help!
Hope the Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin turns out to your liking. Please let me know what you think once you’ve tried it!
The pork was a huge hit with my family! My husband, a former chef ,couldn’t stop raving about it! This is one I can see myself making regularly. Now I just need that coleslaw recipe…
Thanks for your reply…I will try Amazon.de for coconut aminos.
AWESOME!!!! So very happy to hear! 😀
Oh, and that coleslaw recipe has just been published, by the way… I hope you (and your hubby) like it just as much! 🙂
I have the same problem in the Netherlands – coconut aminos can only be purchased online. I bought mine at http://www.unlimitedhealth.nl and they also ship to Germany. But it costs a fortune! And I’m a frugal Dutchwoman, so I did some internet searching and stumbled upon a cool alternative recipe by Melissa Joulwan. It can be found on her site http://www.meljoulwan.com
@Sonia – I’ll be making this meat loaf this weekend and take it to work for lunch. Hope I can wait that long… it looks delish 🙂
Thanks for sharing this recipe Sonia….I made it tonight, and it was a big hit with my family. Like all your other recipes, it was very flavourful. Oh, and I loved that it was super easy to make!!!
So happy to hear, Karen! Thanks for letting me know, too. I greatly appreciate that! 🙂
Once again, my inability to make sliceable meatloaf continues. I let it sit for 30 minutes, used a sharp knife and still I ended up with a meat “scramble”. That being said, it was a very tasty scramble just not very pretty. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but I have never been able to make a proper meatloaf. Thank you for your recipe.
That’s so strange, Karen. This meatloaf especially I found held its shape so well! Have you ever tried using a serrated knife instead? It might very well be the answer to your “curse” 😉 That said, glad to hear you still enjoyed your “meatscramble”. 😀
Thanks for sharing, I have never made a meatloaf before and I wanted to get your opinion, do you think it would turn out good with ground chicken instead?
Looks like a great recipe! Could mushrooms be substituted for cauliflower?
Not sure, Andrew, but it sounds like a very viable plan to me. Definitely worth a shot.