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Alabama Style Country Meal (Feeds Four)

Updated on February 15, 2017

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My love of cooking is pretty obvious to anyone who reads any of my articles. I love to try different recipes and cook for family and friends. Cooking brings me a certain amount of joy.

The first recipe that I am going to share, is how to make meatloaf. It only requires a few ingredients and doesn't cost a whole lot to have a nice meal for the family or you could just make 1/2 if you are cooking for one or even two people. This is what I call a frugal recipe and a good hearty meal.


Meatloaf is delicious especially if it has onions and green bell peppers mixed in it.
Meatloaf is delicious especially if it has onions and green bell peppers mixed in it. | Source

Homemade Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf Recipe

I have to admit that this recipe came from my mom. This was the meatloaf that mom prepared for us while growing up. I now mpre than ever appreciate this recipe and being in her kitchen as she cooked.


1-1 1/2lbs. ground beef or ground chuck

1 egg per 1 lb of ground beef or ground chuck

Chopped onions, enough to taste in meatloaf (vidalia onions are a good choice for this because they cook quickly and are almost sweet tasting)

Salt & pepper


Oatmeal or cracker crumbs

Green bell pepper


Put the ground beef in a bowl and make a volcano like mound out of the meat. Next you will want to make an indention in the top of the mound. Add one egg per pound of ground beef. Then you can mix in the chopped onions, salt, pepper, ketchup, oatmeal or cracker crumbs (whichever you chose to use). Most of the time my mom used oatmeal. You can chop up a bell pepper if you like and mix in the ground beef. This gives it extra flavor.

Mix the meatloaf mixture by hand. After mixing thoroughly, put the mixture in an ungreased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees until the meatloaf is completely done all the way through. I would cook it at least 20 minutes and then check to see if there is any pink inside.

Collard Greens

Collard greens are a staple of a country Alabama meal.
Collard greens are a staple of a country Alabama meal. | Source

Cooking Collard Greens

You can prepare collard greens in the Crock Pot or on the stove top. It is completely up to you. First, start by chopping up the collard greens. Just the leafy part is the best part of the green. You can just throw away the stems. Wash them off really well and place them in the Crock Pot on low overnight. Cover the collard greens with water and if you would like you could add some salt and butter in your collards, you can add it at this time. The cooking time might vary cooking them in the Crock Pot versus cooking them on the stove top. They can be cooked either way. These are simple to make and if you wanted to if you have a ham bone, you can drop it down into the collard greens as they are cooking. The ham bone adds extra flavor to the collards.

You will know that the collards are done when you can fork them with a fork and they come up tender. These are great served with hot sauce.


The best bread for a country dinner is definitely buttery and cost cornbread.
The best bread for a country dinner is definitely buttery and cost cornbread. | Source


  • 1-1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, enough to make the cornbread not lumpy but, also not too much liquid
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt, mixed well into the above
  • 1 medium sized egg, beaten and mixed into cornbread mixture
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease, to coat iron skillet

Old Fashioned Cornbread Recipe

This is the cornbread recipe that mom cooked in her iron skillet, in the oven. It always came out so amazing. Be sure to use an iron skillet that has been seasoned in the oven. This will ensure that the cornbread has a crunchy crust on the outside and is soft on the inside.

Cornbread Cooking Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 6-8 servings

Making Cornbread

  1. One trick my mom always did was pre-heat her cast iron skillet. Place the skillet in the oven while it is pre-heating. This will save a little bit of time. Before you put the skillet in the oven, Coat the bottom of the iron skillet with bacon grease. As the grease heats up, it seasons the skillet as well.
  2. Start with a large mixing bowl. Put 1 cup of cornmeal mix in the bowl along with the buttermilk, egg and the salt. Mix up the cornmeal until well blended and not lumpy.
  3. Another tip: When you remove the iron skillet from the oven cover the handle with an oven mitt. This will keep you from just grabbing up the skillet when you put the cornbread in to bake.
  4. Remove from the oven when the cornbread is golden brown. You can invert the skillet onto a cooling rack and if the skillet is seasoned well enough, the cornbread will not stick.
  5. After making this recipe a few times, it becomes first nature to know how much cornmeal mix to use without measuring. It just takes practice, don't worry about it.

Baked Mashed Potatoes

Bacon and cheese are delicious when baked on top of mashed potatoes in the oven.
Bacon and cheese are delicious when baked on top of mashed potatoes in the oven. | Source

Cheddar Cheese Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 132 grams
Calories 532
Calories from Fat396
% Daily Value *
Fat 44 g68%
Saturated fat 28 g140%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 29 g10%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 33 g66%
Cholesterol 139 mg46%
Sodium 820 mg34%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread is a tasty addition to any dinner time meal.
Garlic Bread is a tasty addition to any dinner time meal. | Source

Leslie's Mashed Potato Bake

You will really enjoy this recipe if you like potatoes. This is a very easy recipe. Sharing this with everyone is a no brainer. It is easy, has few ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. It is great to make for dinner for your guests whether family or friends. It can't get much easier than this.

You will need the following:

3 cups mashed potatoes

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cups milk

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/3 cups French's fried onions

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

What to do:

Combine the mashed potatoes, sour cream, milk and garlic powder. Spoon half of the mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with the 2/3 cup fried onions and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Top with the remaining potato mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until hot. Top with the remaining onions and cheese. Bake for 5 minutes.

The French's fried onions can be optional and could be replaced by sprinkling bacon on the top of this melted cheesy goodness.

Simple Garlic Bread

1 long loaf Italin Bread
5 tablespoons butter at room temperature
2 green onions, chopped or chives
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake is a delicious dessert and snack to eat but it is fattening.
Chocolate cake is a delicious dessert and snack to eat but it is fattening. | Source

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 cup hot water

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Stir in oil, buttermilk and eggs. Add the water and stir until combined. Pour into a greased 13" x 9" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-38 minutes. Ovens do vary so just keep an eye on it the first time you make this. You can use the old toothpick trick. It works every time. Just insert the toothpick in the center of the cake. If it is done it will come out clean. Cool completely on a cooling rack and then you can decorate as desired.

Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup cocoa

6 tablespoons butter

2 2/3 cup confectioner's sugar

4 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream the butter until softened in a small mixing bowl. Add cocoa and blend well. Gradually add the confectioner's sugar alternately with milk and vanilla. Beat to spreading consistency.

© 2014 Buster Johnson


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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Great recipes. I've never seen the mashed potato one . I think I'll give it a try.