Amazing and Quick Microwave Meatloaf

Remember getting your first microwave?  You felt so high tech and on-trend (unless you just got it last year, then we won’t even talk about that).

When I was a teenager, my parents got a small one with a dial for setting how long you wanted it to run.  There was only one power level, and it was noisier than a cat stuck in a wire fence.  There was really no other use for it than to warm up or melt something.  I’m pretty sure that’s still the one they’re using today.  Not kidding!!

When I got married almost 30 years ago, we got our own microwave.  It had shiny buttons on it and everything.

Like everyone else I’m sure (does that sound a little Valley Girl to you?), the first thing I did was read the recipe booklet that came with it so I could learn how to make neat and wonderful things with my new toy.

Most of the recipes were *yawn* boring (broccoli soup and hot chocolate…), but one of the recipes was a real keeper and I still use it today.  My kids loved it, the neighborhood kids loved it, and everyone else I feed it to loves it.

I really don’t get it!  It’s so simple and so basic, but so darned good.  You could definitely add some of your own ingredients to change the flavour a bit to your preference.

And you don’t have to put it in the microwave if you don’t want to.  You can put it in a 350* oven for 45 minutes if you’d rather.  I just like using the microwave because it doesn’t use as much power as the oven, it doesn’t heat up the whole house like the oven does, and because the cooking time is practically cut in half.

I also like to take the mixture, form it into 4 extra-fat hamburger-type patties, and BBQ them.  I don’t serve these on buns or anything.  I serve it the same way as I would serve the microwaved version.  It’s just been BBQ’d instead.   Awesome!!!

Be sure to try BBQ’d meatloaf, too.

Microwave Meatloaf

  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire

Side note:  I have a REAL hard time with onions.  My eyes are so sensitive to onions, that I have to go upstairs if someone is down in the kitchen cutting onions.   For this reason, I keep dehydrated onion flakes on hand for recipes just like this one.  Most of the time, I will use dehydrated onion flakes in this recipe.  When I use them in any recipe, I only use about 2/3 of the amount of minced fresh onion that the recipe calls for, since the dried onions will rehydrate during cooking and swell up.

Put all the ingredients together in a big bowl and mix them until everything is perfectly mixed together.  Unfortunately, the best way to mix this up thoroughly is to use both your hands and squeeze the mixture through your fingers.  It’s pretty gross, but it really is the best way to make sure it’s mixed properly.

Spray the bottom and sides of a loaf pan (a glass one if putting it in the microwave), and press the mixture in the pan making the top flat.

Cover the dish with wax paper.  Put it in the microwave at medium (60%) power for 10 minutes.

At the end of 10 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the microwave and pour off any excess fat.  Re-cover the pan and put it back in the microwave for another 10 minutes at medium power.

At the end of 10 minutes, take the meatloaf out and pour off any excess fat.

I find that the sides are mostly cooked by this time, but the centre is not-so-much.  So I cut it in half width-wise and carefully lift one half out, slide the other half over to where the first half was, and put the half I’ve lifted out back in the empty spot.  Confused??  When you’re done, both middle cuts are against the ends of the glass dish and the 2 ends of the loaf are touching each other in the middle of the pan.  Make sense?  Now put it back in the microwave for another 5 minutes on medium power.

When the time’s up, I like to just let it sit for a few minutes on the counter while I’m getting my accompaniments ready.  I don’t know why.  I just feel it should ‘rest’ a bit to make sure it’s evenly heated throughout.  Call me crazy!

Enjoy!

Kathleen Bolton

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