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How to Make A Classic Meatloaf Recipe


Who doesn’t love comfort food like a classic meatloaf recipe? Craving for a warming, autumn-inspired meal? Here is a classic meatloaf recipe that is just perfect for cooler weather evenings. Serve it with simple mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes for a hearty, satisfying fall dinner. The only secret to getting it right is very finely chopped vegetables that will give it its due moisture and flavor. Delight your guests and see if this isn’t the best meatloaf recipe you’ve ever had.

How to Make A Classic Meatloaf Recipe


Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yields: 10 servings

Classic Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients:

1 coarsely chopped carrot

1 coarsely chopped rib celery

½ coarsely chopped onion

½ coarsely chopped red bell pepper

4 coarsely chopped mushrooms

3 chopped garlic cloves

2 ½ pounds ground chuck

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1 teaspoon olive oil

Meatloaf Recipe Glaze:

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Hot pepper sauce to taste

The Best Meatloaf Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place the carrot, onion, celery, red bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic in a food processor, and pulse until very finely chopped, almost to puree. Put the minced vegetables into a large mixing bowl, and mix in ground chuck, Worcestershire sauce, and egg. Add salt, black pepper, Italian herbs, and cayenne pepper. Using a wooden spoon mix gently to incorporate vegetables and egg into the meat. Pour in bread crumbs. With gently mix bread crumbs until combined.
  3. Form the meatloaf into a ball. Pour olive oil into a baking dish and place the meat of ball onto the dish. Now shape it into a loaf, about 4 inches high by 6 inches across.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven just until meatloaf is hot about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and hot sauce. Stir until brown sugar dissolves.
  6. Remove meatloaf from oven. With back of the spoon, smooth the glaze onto the top of the meatloaf. Then pull a little bit of glaze down the sides of the meatloaf with the back of the spoon.
  7. Return meatloaf back to oven and bake until the loaf is no longer pink inside and glaze has baked onto the loaf, approx 30-40 minutes. Insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the loaf which should read at least 70 degrees C. cooking time will depend on the thickness and shape the meatloaf.

Need more Easy Meatloaf Recipe Ideas?

We love this Simple Meatloaf Recipe from All Recipes.

This Homestyle Meatloaf from Paula Deen is sure to become one for your cookbook.

Don’t like Ketchup? This No Ketchup Meatloaf could be a great recipe for you.

This classic meatloaf tastes so good that you might want to double the recipe so that everyone can enjoy second servings. If there are any leftovers, simply chill and reheat. The slices also taste good in sandwiches as well.

For more fall recipes on Stagetecture, click here.

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5 Simple Halloween Decorating Ideas for your Home

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Need simple Halloween decorating ideas? Whether you are planning a Halloween party or simply want to get into the holiday spirit, there is no better way to set the mood than with ghoulish home decorations. It should evoke frightful feelings and have dark and eerie quality to them. Here are some Halloween decorating ideas to lend a wicked cheer to your house.

5 Simple Halloween Decorating Ideas for your Home

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1. Halloween Spiderwebs

Purchase artificial spiderwebs from party supply stores and drape them across your porch. Place miniature strobe lights or flickering candles behind the webs. The flashing of the lights or candles together with the webs will lend an eerie affect to the outer area of your home.

2. Halloween Decorating Ideas – Ghostly Furniture

Cover your furniture with white sheets as if you have left for the season. You can also remove a few pieces of furniture to give a complete moved out effect. Add a spider web and other creepy items to make your house look haunted or abandoned.

3. Unique Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Tips:

You can never go wrong with traditional Halloween decoration. Simply carve a frightening or scary looking face on a pumpkin and put either a glow stick or a candle inside for a spooky effect. You can place jack-o-lantern either outside of the home or as a centerpiece for your dinner table.

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Image via – Etsy – Sara Luke Creative – Halloween Pumpkin Decals

4. Halloween Decorating Ideas for your Home

Dig out your dusty photos from the past or print 19th century portraits online. Make a collage or put them in different frames to create a display. Don’t forget to light white taper candles in front of the gallery for ghostly effect. In your front yard, hang plastic skeletons from the tree for a spooky, macabre effect. You can also use this decorating idea indoors by hanging mini skeletons from a chandelier.

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Image via – Etsy – Banner Cheer JR – Halloween Mantel Banner

 5. Use Halloween Colors in your Interiors

If you prefer a more minimalist Halloween consider using Halloween decorations such as a banner, sign, balloons and simple orange, black and white decor. From black cats and bats to Halloween wreaths hung over your fireplace, transform your Halloween home this season!
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Image via: Etsy – Stef’s Simple Splendors– Halloween Burlap Witch Wreath

You don’t have to spend a fortune for fabulous Halloween decorations. Whether you want to keep it simple or plan to turn your house into a creepy castle, use these budget-decorating tips to create a praise-worthy Halloween display.

For more Halloween decoration ideas, click here.


Thai Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw Recipe

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Who doesn’t love chicken tacos? A healthy lunch should be a regular item in the menu of your summer lunches. However, healthy does not mean tasteless. Your meal will instantly turn into a treat if that healthy lunch item is some luscious tacos stuffed with chicken and served with cabbage slaw.

Thai Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw Recipe

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Chicken Tacos Ingredients:

4 servings (2 tacos per serving)

For Tacos

Chicken breasts or tenders cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces (skinless and boneless; 1 pound)

16 corn tortillas (heated)

1 finely chopped shallot

Fresh cilantro (chopped; ¼ cup)

Garlic (minced; 3 cloves)

1 lime (halved)

Vegetable oil (2 tablespoons)

Hot chili sauce (1/2 teaspoon)

Reduced-sodium soy sauce (2 teaspoons)

Fish sauce (1 tablespoon)

Crushed red pepper (1/2 teaspoon)

Cabbage Slaw

For Cabbage Slaw

Napa cabbage (shredded; 2 cups)

Fresh cilantro (snipped; ¼ cup)

Radishes (sliced; 1/3 cup)

1 medium carrot (shredded; ½ cup)

4 green onions (sliced; ½ cup)

Rice vinegar (1/4 cup)

Peanuts (coarsely chopped; ¼ cup)

Chicken Tacos Recipe Directions:

Cabbage Slaw

  1. Combine shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, sliced green onions, shredded carrot, and snipped cilantro in a medium bowl. If you want, you can add chopped peanuts too.
  2. Now, add rice vinegar and toss all the ingredients gently so that they are coated well with vinegar.

Chicken Tacos

  1. Squeeze juice from one lime half, which will be about 1 tablespoon. Cut the remaining half into wedges. Keep aside.
  2. Take a bowl and combine chicken, garlic shallot, and cilantro in it. Add chili sauce, pepper, soy sauce, fish sauce, and I tablespoon of lime juice and stir well. Now, cover the mixture and put in refrigerator for one hour.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Cook the chicken mixture for 5 minutes over medium-high heat or until all the ingredients are cooked well. Don’t forget to stir the mixture occasionally while cooking.
  4. Layer two tortillas and top with chicken mixture and cabbage slaw. Repeat the process with the remaining pair of tortillas.
  5. Garnish with lime wedges and chopped peanuts sprinkled on the tacos. Serve with the remaining slaw.

Helpful Chicken Tacos Tips”

  • If you are very health conscious, you can save calories by using one corn tortilla per taco.
  • Instead of making cabbage slaw, you can use prepackaged coleslaw mix with the tacos.

We love these variations on chicken taco recipes from Delish.com.

These lime tacos look soo good!

This healthy lunch item is very easy to put together as most of the ingredients are regular items found in your fridge. The marinade, which does not get reduced much during the cooking, adds rich flavors to the tacos. The sprinkled peanuts add tiny bits of texture, which tastes great on each bite.

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