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Lean Mean Meatloaf

Lean Mean Meatloaf
Maybe it's magic but this meatloaf is juicy without being greasy. It has loads of delicious flavor without the extra fat and calories. 

Yield : 6 SERVINGS 
Prep Time : 10 MINUTES 
Cook Time : 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES 
Total Time : 1 HOUR 40 MINUTES

✅ INGREDIENTS


FOR MEATLOAF:
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef, look for 97% lean
  • 1 cup Ritz crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

FOR TOPPING:
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

✅ INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 5X9-inch loaf pan.
  2. In large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix together well. 
  3. Press meatloaf mixture into loaf pan. Set pan on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 1 1/2 hours.
  4. After 45 minutes, mix together ingredients for topping. Spread half the topping over the meatloaf and continue cooking. Use the rest of the topping for dipping.

✅ Nutrition Information:

YIELD: 6 SERVING SIZE: 1 grams

Amount Per Serving: 
  • CALORIES: 560
  • TOTAL FAT: 23g
  • SATURATED FAT: 9g
  • TRANS FAT: 1g
  • UNSATURATED FAT: 11g
  • CHOLESTEROL: 169mg
  • SODIUM: 1147mg
  • CARBOHYDRATES: 42g
  • FIBER: 1g
  • SUGAR: 26g
  • PROTEIN: 47g
Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.
Lean Mean Meatloaf
The weather is turning cooler and it’s time to dig out the sweaters and the comfort food recipes. This Lean Mean Meatloaf recipe definitely hits the spot. Made with lean ground beef, this meatloaf recipe cuts the fat but still turns out flavorful and juicy. And isn’t the topping the best part? This one has a secret ingredient.
Lean Mean Meatloaf

KEYS TO SUCCESS #1 – THE LEAN MEAT
For a great meatloaf with less fat, you’ll want to use lean ground beef.

Look for at least 97% lean.

If you can’t find ground beef this lean, you can still use it but you’ll just have to plan for more fat/grease.

You can use anywhere between 2 – 2 1/2 pounds of ground beef.

I made a meatloaf with 2 1/2 pounds of ground beef and it worked perfectly.
Lean Mean Meatloaf
KEYS TO SUCCESS #2 – THE PAN
If you’re a meatloaf fan, I highly recommend the USA Pan Meat Loaf Pan.

It comes with a perforated insert that allows the fat and grease to drain to the bottom of the pan.

The USA Pan Meat Loaf Pan is a 10X5-inch pan and it easily cooks a 2 1/2 pound meatloaf.

I’ve made meatloaf in it a few times and it drains off an impressive amount of grease but leaves the meatloaf moist and tender.

Having said that, I’ve never had any grease spill over the side when I’ve used my USA Pan Meat Loaf Pan.

There’s plenty of grease left in the bottom of the loaf pan but the meatloaf is not sitting in it and it doesn’t spill over.
Lean Mean Meatloaf

KEYS TO SUCCESS – #3 THE SECRET SAUCE
Let me tell you, this sauce is divine!

It has such a unique tangy flavor and it goes perfectly with this meatloaf.

The secret to the sauce is in the apricot preserves.

The apricot preserves add a sweet and tangy touch to the sauce and it’s just so delicious.

Can you use other jellies or preserves? Of course.

It won’t hurt my feelings at all.

If you try other things, I’d love to know your experience.
Lean Mean Meatloaf

For 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of ground beef, it’ll take 90 minutes to fully cook your meatloaf.

You can add the sauce any time after 45 minutes.

Sometimes I forget and only put the sauce on with 15-20 minutes of cook time left and it’s always been good.
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Lean Mean Meatloaf Lean Mean Meatloaf Reviewed by Wanni Arachchige Udara Madusanka Perera on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Rating: 5

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