Meat Loaf in an Onion

Meat Loaf in an Onion

This is one of my signature recipes and is wonderful for a large group. Each person makes his or her own.


  • 1  pound(s)  lean ground beef
  • 1  egg
  • 1/4  c  cracker crumbs
  • 1/4  c  tomato sauce
  • 1/2  tsp  salt
  • 1/8  tsp  pepper
  • 1/2  tsp  dry mustard
  • 4  large onions, peeled and halved
  • 18-inch heavy-duty aluminum foil


*Cut off the root at the bottom end of the onions so that removal of the center is easy. The removed center of the onion can be diced and combined with ingredients or used later.

In a 1-gallon plastic self-sealing bag, combine ground beef, egg, cracker crumbs, tomato sauce, salt, pepper and dry mustard and mix by squeezing. Set aside.

Cut onions in half horizontally and remove center part of onion, leaving a 3/4-inch-thick shell. Divide meat mixture into 4 portions and roll into balls. Place in the center of the 4 onion halves. Put onions back together. Wrap each onion in foil. Cook over a bed of hot coals for 15 to 20 minutes per side. Serve as a lunch or dinner.

At home, cook at 350 degrees in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the ground beef and onion are cooked.

Dian Thomas, MS - Author of Recipes for Roughing it Easy

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