3 eggs, large
½ cup water
1 (6oz) package of instant stuffing mix, herb-style (such as StoveTop)
½ cup each diced or grated carrot and onion
1 large clove of garlic, pressed or minced
¼ tsp ground pepper
Salt, see note below.
2 1/2 pounds ground beef (lean, but not super-lean)
Ketchup or barbecue sauce
In a large bowl, beat eggs and water. Add stuffing mix and contents of seasoning packet (if present), mix well. Add diced vegetables, garlic, pepper, salt (if using, see Note below), and beef, mix well. Press into an ungreased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Top with ketchup or barbecue sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1¼ to 1½ hours, or until no pink remains or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Alternately, form the mixture into a loaf and place on a baking sheet.