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Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food, and this simple, classic version is super simple!

 1 lb ground lean meat: beef, turkey, venison
 1 lb ground meat: pork, sausage-bacon patties
 1-2 carrots, finely grated
 1 stalk celery, grated
 1/2 onion, finely chopped
 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
 2 eggs, lightly beaten
 1 cup bread crumbs
 1/4 cup rolled oats
 6 sage leaves, finely minced
 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
 1 tsp salt
 1/2 tsp pepper
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tsp oregano
 2-4 tbsp tomato sauce (as needed to wet the dough)
 1.5 cups savory ketchup

Preheat oven to 375. Allow your ground meat to warm up a bit on the counter before mixing (from thawed, maybe 15-20 min.)


Oil or grease your baking dish. We used a rectangular 10 x 7, 2.5 qt. shallow baking dish. If you use something with higher sides (like a standard loaf pan), you might need a little longer in the oven.


Finely grate the carrot and celery and dice the onion. Using a fork, beat the eggs a little. Add the breadcrumbs and oats to a large bowl.


Add all the other ingredients to the bowl with the breadcrumbs, adding the mixed eggs and tomato paste last. Mix together using your hands for a few minutes, until it starts to become a bit tacky. If it needs a bit more moisture, use a few more tablespoons of tomato sauce.


Press it into your baking dish, and cover with your savory ketchup (our brand from Wholesome Valley Farm is delicious and not too sweet.)


Bake for 1 hour (internal temperature of 160), then allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with extra ketchup. Leftovers make delicious sandwiches or meatloaf burgers.