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Meat Loaf in a Hurry

This past weekend my teen-age grandson was visiting. On Saturday while I was in the process of baking bread, he begged me to make him some meatloaf. “I haven’t had meat loaf for six months!” he pleaded. So I’m thinking, I only have one oven and the bread will go in that. By the time I make the meatloaf and bake it after the bread gets out it will just take too long. He wants to eat meat loaf for lunch, not dinner, I told myself.

Then, I thought about cooking it in the microwave. There was a pound of ground beef already thawed in the fridge, so thought I would try it. I didn’t put in all the extra’s I often do, because I was in a hurry.  However, it turned out delicious! He couldn’t believe that we had meat loaf in about 20 minutes start to finish.

You can use your own favorite meat loaf recipe and just bake it in the microwave. Here’s how:*

Quick and Easy Meat Loaf

1 pound ground beef
1/2 package dry onion soup mix, about half the package
1/3 cup ketchup (or tomato sauce)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

With gloved hands or a fork, mix ground beef, onion soup mix, ketchup, egg, rolled oats and seasonings well. Transfer to microwaveable loaf pan and top with a layer of ketchup. Place plastic wrap over the pan and poke vent holes with a knife blade or fork.

*Microwave on high for 12 minutes. Check with meat thermometer. If it hasn’t reached 170º yet, bake for 2 more minutes and check again. Don’t over bake as the meatloaf will become dry. Let it sit a couple of minutes to absorb all of the juices before slicing.

*If you’re making a larger meat loaf: For 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, start checking at 15 minutes. For a 2 pounds of ground beef, start checking at 20 minutes.


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