Dad's Deli Meatloaf

1 medium onion, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 eggs

1 cup spaghetti sauce

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon oregano

2 pounds chopped beef or turkey, in any percentages

1-1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

1/4 cup ketchup


  1. In a large bowl, mix onion, garlic, eggs, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, celery salt, thyme, oregano, meat and bread crumbs.

  2. To make a loaf: Swirl the ketchup on the bottom of a loaf pan. Place meat mixture on top of ketchup and smooth. Swirl a tablespoon of ketchup on top. If desired, place slices of pastrami on top of meat. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes or until meat is browned through.

  3. To make meatloaf in muffin tins:  Swirl ketchup in bottom of each tin and smooth evenly with spatula. Take 2 tablespoons meat mixture and roll into a ball. Roll in breadcrumbs. Place in tin and flatten slightly. Drizzle ketchup on top and smooth with a spatula. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until meat is browned through.

Expandthetable suggestions

Adding some flavor:  Add 6 slices pastrami or 8 slices bacon on top of the uncooked meatloaf.

Add some hidden veggies: Grate ¼ cup carrots or zucchini to meat mixture.