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Sunday, March 20, 2011


One of the first meatloaf recipes I recall making was when I was pregnant with my first born. It came out of a microwavable recipe book, but I can’t remember the name. The book is long gone as this was over 28 years ago.

My sister lived with us then. I invited her boyfriend (who eventually became her first husband, he has since passed away) over for dinner. Russ was very polite and ate what was served, probably not knowing meatloaf was on the menu as he hated meatloaf – that is until he ate mine. (Yeah, I’m patting myself on the shoulder.)

He wanted to know what I did to make it taste so good saying that he didn’t like other meatloaf’s that he had eaten. I rattled off the recipe thinking I didn’t do anything special - just followed the recipe.

Since then I’ve tried other recipes, but I always go back to this one that I know from heart, although I change it a bit by throwing other things in when I feel like it, like cheddar cheese, which was not in the original recipe. I’m not sure if I have the original recipe exact, but here’s what I recall:

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion cut up or onion flakes
some Worcestershire sauce
1 – eight ounce can tomato sauce
1 piece of bread crumbled up
1 egg
¼ tsp savory leaves, crushed a little

Topping: Mix catsup and Worcestershire sauce (can’t remember the portions, maybe ¼ cup catsup to 1 Tablespoon W sauce). Most of the time I just use catsup, but the original recipe called for this.

Mix all the ingredients up and place in loaf pan and bake for about an hour at 350 degrees. Since this was a microwavable cook book, you were to cook this on high in the microwave for about 10 minutes. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll precook the meatloaf and then put it in the oven because I think everything tastes better in the oven versus the microwave. You can either put the topping on right away or wait until the last portion of the cooking process. Different variations of mine have been to add some shredded cheese; one time I didn’t have any bread and used bread crumbs; one time crushed up crackers; sometimes I sprinkle in garlic; or if I don’t have tomato sauce, I’ll squirt in some catsup or tomato juice; you could probably crush up a whole tomato or puree the tomato.

I don’t know about you, but I like the ends of the meatloaf where it’s a little more well done and kind of crunchy. Trying to make meatloaf a little more appetizing, I've used DeMarle’s decorative bundt type pan, which I discovered makes the entire top crunchy. The pan creates a nice shape. You can decorate it with catsup and it looks pretty cute. The only down fall is the crunchy part is on top when it comes out of the oven and when you flip it out of the mold, the part that shows is unbrowned and looks unattractive, so I have to put it back in the oven (with some catsup on top) and cook it until it becomes more brown. Or just flip it back again, but then the top isn’t going to be as decorative, but will be crunchy - if that matters.

One time I made a meatloaf that had boiled eggs and olives shaped inside of it so that when you sliced the meatloaf you could see the circle of eggs and olives. My brother-in-law squawked when my sister made it after I had told her about it. He said he didn’t like his meat staring at him when he ate. Guess it looked too much like a face.

I usually make mashed potatoes with my meatloaf, but scalloped potatoes work well and a vegetable and voila, complete dinner.

Maybe we could all share our favorite meatloaf recipe and take a vote on whose taste the best? Any takers?

Ground beef
bread or bread/cracker crumbs
tomato sauce/juice or catsup

Rating & Type: FE/B


  1. Hey Lynn, Wow! You are really busy posting these fabulous recipes. I haven't had a chance to stop by, but I really want to try many of these! Yum!

  2. Thanks Becky. Since it's going to be a daily thing, it will be hard to keep up, so no worries. Just when you need an idea, you can skim through and see what sounds good! Don't forget to check out: Lynn, What's for Dessert? when you want something sweet to eat. That will be a weekly (Sunday) thing.

  3. Gals, the meatloaf sandwich is even more appetizing to look at-- at least I think so.