A KitchenAid mixer is a kitchen work horse. You can make bread and cakes with no effort, whip egg whites or cream in a minute. And, you can make meatloaf. No more sticking your hands into a bowl full of cold meat and eggs. No more using a spoon only to find that you only half-mixed your ingredients. It's just another thing your KitchenAid mixer can do to make your life a bit easier.
Things You'll Need
1 small red onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup oatmeal
4 slices stale bread
1/3 cup milk
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. dried garlic
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
2 lb. ground beef (80/20)
2 loaf pans (5 inches by 9 inches)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Break or slice the bread into small pieces and put into the bottom of the mixer bowl. Pour the milk over the bread and stir to evenly distribute and rehydrate the bread.
Add the onion, one cup of ketchup and all the other ingredients, except the hamburger. Mix on low just until all the ingredients are mixed.
Add the hamburger in three additions. Continue mixing on low, until everything is almost completely mixed. Raise the mixer speed to medium and mix for 30 seconds.
Turn the mixture into the loaf pan and top with 1/2 cup of ketchup. Use a spatula to spread the ketchup over the top.
Bake for one hour or until the temperature in the center of the meatloaf reaches 180 degrees. Remove the pans from the oven and let them sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Substitute other meats for 1/2 lb. of the meat. (lamb, pork, veal) Vary seasonings, or add others, to suit your taste. This recipe also cooks well in a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Use your own meatloaf recipe, following the same steps. If you don't have kosher salt, use 1/2 tsp. of regular salt. Use soy (or other) milk in place of dairy milk, if desired.
Don't cut the meatloaf immediately upon taking it from the oven, to keep it juicy.