Meat Loaf - The Sunday Night Dinner Anytime of the Week

A hearty meal

A delicious meal the whole family will be going back for seconds!
A delicious meal the whole family will be going back for seconds! | Source

Are you getting hungry

What is Meat Loaf? It is a scrump-dilly-umpcious dish that originated from The Great Depression as a way of stretching the family food budget. Yet, even if people aren’t trying to stretch the food budget, it has become well known as a wholesome family sitdown meal.

Meat Loaf can be made in many different varieties, but really is just a dish of ground beef mixed with a binder like eggs and bread crumbs and then shaped into a loaf and sometimes smothered with ketchup or some other type of sauce. Meat Loaf is a traditional Belgium, German or Dutch dish and is cousin to the Italian Meatball. And pretty much, the main distinction is really the shape. One is a loaf and the other is a ball, but you already kind of knew that.

So now that you have the Meat Loaf background, and you are drooling over the thought of wholesome family time (or just a good home cooked meal), it is time for you to wash your hands and get your Meat Loaf on.

Is your loaf in the oven?

The hardest part is waiting the 60 minutes for it to finish cooking. But the house will fill with the smell of this wonderful family diner!
The hardest part is waiting the 60 minutes for it to finish cooking. But the house will fill with the smell of this wonderful family diner! | Source

A Pat on the Back, A Loaf in the Oven

Meat Loaf reminds me of a dump recipe. There are so many different ways to make it, and everybody has a different recipe. When I first met my husband, he refused to eat Meat Loaf. I guess it was because he never liked it when he was growing up. (From my observation, adults love Meat Loaf; and kids pretend to hate it! It must be the uncool thing to eat!) After 2 years, I finally made the Meat Loaf without asking his permission. He had no choice but to eat it. Now, he doesn’t complain if that is what's for super!

So, with a few key ingredients, you should be ready to make a tasty Meat Loaf just for supper tonight.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 pounds of ground hamburger
  • Quaker Oats oatmeal
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • French’s French Fried Onions (big can)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

Because this is a dump recipe, feel free to either omit ingredients or add ingredients depending on how you prefer the taste. For certain ingredients, I have a tendency to not measure and play it off depending on the consistency of the meat.

  • In a large mixing bowl, throw in your ground hamburger. Depending on the type of hamburger you use, remember the loaf will shrink while cooking. I prefer to use closer to 2 pounds of meat because I have a rather large family to feed. Not to mention, Meat Loaf is one of those meals that make awesome leftovers, if you are lucky enough to have leftovers.
  • Prepare the onion by finely chopping it into small pieces. I don’t like big hunks of onion, but I do like the flavor it gives.
  • In the mixing bowl, add the chopped onion, egg, Worcestershire sauce, Ketchup, salt and pepper to the bowl. For the Worcestershire sauce, I do use the ¼ cup measurement, but for the ketchup, while the original recipe calls for ¼ cup as well, I just squirt in the amount that I like. Mush all the ingredients together by hand.
  • Once the meat mixture is mixed well, start adding the Quaker Oats. Start out with about 1 cup, but make sure to add enough to make the mixture more like a dough. You don’t want the meat to be to wet and the quaker oats is what will give it that firmer feeling.
  • Once you are satisfied with how the consistency feels, add some of the French Fried onions to the mixture as well.
  • Shape into a loaf and put into a loaf pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
  • Sprinkle Meat Loaf with additional French Fried Onions and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Serve with mashed potatoes and corn for a complete and hearty meal.

I would do anything for love - like make Meat Loaf for super!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This sounds better than my 10 recipes! I have never used french fried onions and everyone loves them! I am going to make your recipe this weekend. I am starving now:( My kids love meat loaf! Ok Syd loves it - Maddy could live with it. We have a saying and if someone doesn't like what I have made for dinner they say, "you could live on it." What that means is - it tastes like s\h\i\t but you could live on it! LOL

I can't get the vidio - I have been having problems with this new laptop so I am going to see if I need some kind of flash player download or something! It doesn't show up on the ipad either!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I have never made meatloaf before... Darrel isn't crazy about it, or so he says. Maybe I will try this one ;-) Although I would never eat it!!! lol


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England

Thanks for a new idea for making meatloaf. I make mine very similar to yours, but have never tried the french fried onion rings. I do add the ketchup in mine, but also top it with american cheese and ketchup so it really soaks in.

I always laugh when someone tells me they would never, ever eat meatloaf!! It's a family favorite for us. Maybe they've just never tried it to know how yummy it really is :)


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Tages 5 years ago from Texas

Unfortunately, Meat Loaf is not on the menu for the bachelor. I will never know why, but for some strange reason single guys avoid making it. Perhaps Meat Loaf is one of the few foods like casserole that need a completely new category… Let us see here we have comfort food, why not… Let us call it commitment food. I just hope one of these days I get to enjoy it with a significant other.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RealHousewife - you didn't miss much with the video - it was a video of Meatloaf. Seriously, I couldn't write a hub on meatloaf without featuring the real live artist Meatloaf. So, I will do anything for love - even eat Meat Loaf.. lol. I just couldn't resist.

@Mythical - maybe Darrel has the same problem with Meatloaf as Eli did. If you had a bad experience it sticks with you. Then you really don't want it. You could probably however cut the recipe way in half - or maybe even a third since you don't eat what you make for him any way. Then you can get one of those tiny little cute loaf pans. Dude - I know what I am getting you for your birthday! LOL

@Dexis - topping it with cheese is a great idea. Do you cook it with the cheese on top the entire time or do you just put it on for the last five or 10 minutes. I usually slather mine with ketchup too. I think it is funny that people don't like meatloaf. Really, it is just like a hunk of hamburger not on a bun. It seems people just snub it because of its past. Ha ha - I love meat loaf though! Although I will admit I used to say I didn't when I was a kid, because I never wanted to admit that I liked it. ;)

@Tages- You know - that is a good point. Bachelors really don't make meatloaf... but then again, don't they usually survive off the easy to make meals. Not that this is difficult, but maybe they avoid it because it is known as a good wholesome family dinner! I hope one day you get your hearts fill of Meatloaf! :)


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Tages 5 years ago from Texas

No, not really… Cooking for the bachelor currently is a mating ritual of sorts. I end up cooking exotic stuff like kangaroo or Chilean Sea Bass. If it is easy, is it worth doing? As for wholesome family dinners, probably, hence the title commitment food…


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have to try to get the video - I love that Meatloaf too! I always say - don't let your meat loaf!

I'm all about meat loaf:)!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Tages - That would be a great hub - Cooking - the mating ritual. I have to admit - I have never had anyone try to woe me with exoctic foods like kangaroo or Chilean Sea Bass. Then again... I am pretty easy going. I like my hamburgers. :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RealHousewife - my husband asked why I was listening to Meatloaf. I said I had to - I was writing about meat loaf... lol. He just shook his head. Ha ha - whatever. Hope you get that video working soon.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I am sure that you keep Eli as mystified as I seem to keep Dave. I think he knows me better than anyone else but he always says he can't second guess me!

Oh! But he said if I make the meatloaf above tonight he will go to the grocery to buy the ingredients! So.....I'll letcha know how it goes!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I made the meat loaf and it was scrumpdillyicious! I set the table and everyone started eating and I said, "it's really good and doesn't taste like any recipe I have made before, " and Madison said, "yeah this is much better!" LOL she wasn't trying to be funny - she was being kid honest. Dave loved it and said the consistency is much better than when I use bread crumbs.

It's a keeper!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Sorry but I have never been a meatloaf fan. I like "MeatLoaf" but not meatloaf. But I make it all the time as everyone except me in this house likes it. So I will try your recipe and let you know what they think.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RealHousewife - that is awesome - Dave volunteered to run to the store so you could make the Meatloaf! He must have really been craving some meatloaf. I am glad that you guys enjoyed it... especially the kids. Max gobbled it up and we have been having a hard time getting him to eat meat lately. Going through a phase I guess. but he ate this, so it might become a weekly tradition.

@Just Ask Susan - I think Meatloaf is specilized. It is either something you hate or something you love. It is a preference. But it is awesome that you will sacrifice for your family and make it even though you don't like it. As the cook, I usually won't make them anything that I won't eat. But then again, I am the one planning the meals, so I guess that is the bonus for me! LOL I hope your family likes it.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I am not kidding - I even took a photo of the meatloaf:) I had an urge to take a photo of the empty plates for you to see because I could hardly believe it myself. But the table had empty glasses and silverware spread all over - ugh - I couldn't do it!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

You were smarter than me... I thought about taking the photo before I put it on the table... then I forgot... then we ate... so I had to take the picture when it was pretty much all gone. Should really preplan these things better. lol :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I often take photos of the food I've cooked and email them to my mom! Lol! "Look at what I made!"haha!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

That is too funny. I only started taking pictures of the food I was making for hubpages... if I wanted to share the recipe. It works! LOL... never thought of spamming my mom!


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DREAM ON 5 years ago

You made me laugh and now craving for your delicious meatloaf.I love meatloaf and my mother use to make it so good.Every time we said mom you have to make it again like this she would laugh and she knew it could never be duplicated.Any left over vegetables in the fridge like string beans,corn etc ended up in it.Each time different and each time I smothered it with lots of Ketchup.One of my all time favorites. I love your suggestions.Thank you so much.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I hope after reading this that you can fulfill your meatloaf desire. Using the french fried onions and quaker oats made the meat loaf a good consistency. I can't wait to make it again. Now I am craving it. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

BBG,

Enjoyed this! Love the fried onions idea.

Here's what I do with my meatloaf to help keep it moist.

I DO NOT use oatmeal. Instead, I use 2 or 3 slices of bread, preferably the ends of the bread which most people throw out anyway. Break the bread into small pieces and then drizzle water over it to make it moist. Use this instead of oatmeal.

When I was a kid, I never liked meatloaf because I never liked the ketchup my Mom coated it with. But now, I make a mixture of ketchup and brown sugar to coat and it's delicious.

And while I'm at it: My favorite is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn . . . all mixed up together on my plate. YUM!

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - thanks for the excellent ideas. I know alot of meatloaf recipes call for breadcrumbs. I don't like how dry it makes it. However, I just used the end of hte oatmeal so maybe I will just have to try it with the bread. And I love the idea of mixing ketchup and brown sugar.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Guess what I'm making for dinner tonight?

Yum!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Oh YUMMY!!! I almost want to jump a plan and join you - if it weren't that I would already be too late ;)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

It was so good! I made my special "HO" made mashed potatoes, brown gravy, corn and Italian bread. I had to make so ething really good to celebrate the last day of school:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Definately a good celebration dinner. Today is the kids last day of school - I am making spaghetti! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

That would be another favorite here. The girls love it and they prefer plain old Ragu sauce! So it's one of my favorites too.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

It is my daughter Abby's favorite meal... she could eat it daily! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

My kids too - I use it for a quick meal when I'm not in the mood to field complaints. Like tonight - I made gumbo. Would your kids eat that? Mine either (I just read your mind;). For these nights I have a back up like frozen pizza because they love it and we don't. Easy and not bad for you either.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

You are going to laugh - but I have never actually had gumbo - so I am guessing my kid's wouldn't eat it! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very Cajun - I make mine with sausage, chicken and srimp. It has okra, onion, green pepper, like that. I make like a soup and then pour it over rice. I made honey cornbread to go with it - I think I like that more than the gumbo!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

That sounds appetizing.... maybe you should write a hub so I can make it for supper... lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I could probably do that - I'll take notes as I cook it and leave out the curse words:) it's lots of chopping!

I'm not sure who - which isn't unusual - but a couple of kids in the neighborhood finished the meat loaf. I found empty plates on the table and there were several kids in and out. Anyhow - a compliment to us both:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

That is too funny - you have random kids in your housing eating your meatloaf - you could write a hub on that too... entitled - Who stole my Meatloaf! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh BBG - I swear I feed all the kids in the neighborhood. Im the only mom that really cooks! I used to have a brother and sister - they were so poor they had no food at home. They were too embarrassed to eat with my family so I would leave all the leftovers put on the island in the kitchen. The kids would come over after 10 and eat until they were full. I invited them many times to just eat with the family. That went on until they graduated. I used to sit at the top of the stairs and listen to them talk about how good my cooking was;) I still see both of them and they are doing great!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

That is really cool - I am glad I have never dealt with that - but if I was in that situation - I would hope there would be somebody there that would help out - especially if they were a good cook... lol! Oh yeah - and eating the leftovers - please send someone my way - I could use them gone - I am so sick of the leftovers! UGH


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yeah I know! I would have just thrown it all away anyhow! I hate wasting food but my palate doesn't care for left overs:(. One night I was sitting on the steps listening and it was like 12am. The kids were late that night - and I heard one of them say, "this is FIRE!" and I thought what did I leave down there? Then I realized! Omg! They were eating the strawberry bread I had made for a school event the next morning! I had to get up super early and make another one. It was still hot when I got it to school so - whatever:) now it's funny! Haha!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

There are only certain things I like as leftovers... Tater tot casserole, meatloaf, spaghetti.... most other things I gag at. I assume that one of the reasons I over eat at super is because I don't want to waste food - and since I am the only one choking down leftovers - I want to get rid of the big majority of it! LOL - I need to stop that and just start wasting food! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm not going to be on the cooking committee next year either - those ladies are damned mean! Once, I was sick so I didn't want to cook food and take it to school? I had the flu - gross! They called me pissed off because I didn't deliver the dish I promised the month before! So there that's how damned nice I am:)!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

A cooking committee - so that is where the kids get their lunches for school... lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

The CC is for the staff - like breakfast for teachers or lunch on parent teacher conference days. That's why I've stayed on it for four years - I try to remember it's about the teachers not the PTA bi$&$es:). Im serious - they have been so rude to me it's insane. Several of the teachers are my friends though - so I ignore them. They asked for soups once - knowing not many signed up - I took two crock pots in - a chicken tortilla soup and chili. One lady tells me she can't be responsible for my dishes and so cant I put a tag on the dish? Omg! Seriously? She said it like I was a moron.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM - chicken tortilla soup! That sounds delicious. That is one of the reasons I try to stay away from the PTA - some of the parents can be questionable. Then again, I have always been to busy anyway with work... so maybe I will have different views next year!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Some hears PTA is good - some times not so much. We used to have a great PTA now - it's a bunch of back biting and gossip. I stopped going to the meetings and just drop off food so I don't have to be involved. After all, next year my kids won't even go to this school and no one does PTA in middle school unless you want your child to suffer;)

Tonight it's stouffers lasagna - from a frozen box! Lol the kids love it and I can't seen to make a better one so - what the hey? Bag of salad and adding a box of Texas toast! Yum! GORE MET!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I make an awesome lasagna... maybe I should make that and share the recipe... but preferably take pictures before it is almost all eaten... lol! I don't care too much for boxed pastas - but I guess it beats PB and J sandwhiches for super... not that I don't like those - it just doesn't seem like a good option for dinner... lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yes please do a hub with the recipe. Mine slides apart all the time I have tried many many times - mine - well you could live off of it:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - I will put it on the menu for sometime next week... mine is so thick - you can have one piece and be full for a week!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I need that one! My family would really appreciate it! Ha! Stouffers will work for now:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I see my services are needed... (da da da) I will throw on my cape and get write to that project... lol!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Get write to it! Slick! Haha! I'll be waiting with my potholder glove.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Anything with onion in it is an automatic like for me. Throw in meat and that's a feast. An excellent recipe. Voting this Up and Useful. Thanks for SHARING.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@alocsin - I have never hated meatloaf even as a child... but when I started making meatloaf this way, it has become one of my favorites. Ironic, my husband hated meatloaf, making it this way, he actually likes it. Hope you get a chance to try this out and enjoy it as much as I do!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Making this again right now - every time I still have to find your hub because I'm too lazy to write it down or print it! Lol


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Feel free to come by and make this every week ;) I hope it turned out well and the whole family munched it all down!

By the way - have you tried the Rachel Ray recipe yet? That is so delicious... maybe I will make that for Valentine's Day!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

French Fried onions, huh? Interesting. Always looking for good meatloaf recipes. Bookmarking!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Victoria - This is by far one of my favorite meat loaf recipes... Ironically, my husband hates meat loaf. But with this one... he actually asks for more. Let me know what you think of it when you try it! :) Enjoy

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