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Meatloaf Is One Of America's Favorite Classic Comfort Foods.

Updated on September 08, 2014
This is a pic of the meatloaf I made for my job,as I am a cook for seniors.
This is a pic of the meatloaf I made for my job,as I am a cook for seniors.

I'm In The Mood For Meatloaf Tonight


What can one really say about Meatloaf? It has been around forever, and a staple in almost every home. Meatloaf is pretty much the favorite "go to" meal. It is hearty and filling, and can be made into cold meatloaf sandwiches the next day, or just munching on it for a snack. Remember when your mom made it at least once a week back in the day? I know everyone has their own special recipe for making meatloaf. I have to say I am kind of fussy when it comes to meatloaf. I really never liked it as a child, because my mom used to put real bread chunks in it, she said it stretched the meat. I just thought it tasted soggy, and really did not have any flavor. So over the years I have experimented with different ways of making my own meatloaf. Nowadays I don't even make it in a "what they call" meatloaf pan. You can make it in any bakeware pan that you choose, all you have to do is shape it into a loaf. I have even made meatloaf in a muffin tin, which are mini meat loaves, and the kids love them. Though if you choose to do this, you must indent the middle of the meat, so the juices don't settle into a little puddle, and halfway through the baking you will have to drain off the fat carefully.

So onto my Meatloaf recipe:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs hamburger

1 medium onion diced

1/2 a green bell pepper diced

3 eggs ( keeps the meat together and moist)

Bread crumbs, desired amount ( about 1/2 cup or so)

A little garlic powder and oregano to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cans of tomato paste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Now in a bowl just mix all the ingredients together, using your hands to mix it,as it is best, and everything will be sure to blend well.. Then just shape into a loaf in whatever type of bakeware that you choose. Put the meatloaf in the preheated oven. After about half hour take it out of oven and carefully drain off the fat. Put the paste on top of the meatloaf and return it to the oven. Bake for another half hour. Remove from the oven, wait a few minutes before cutting. Oven temps may vary, and the meatloaf could cook quicker, so just keep an eye on it. You don't want the meatloaf to come out dry.

There are so many ways to prepare meatloaf,just play around with it. You can add a layer of any type of cheese in the middle, or make it with onion soup mix, crushed crackers, bread crusts, crushed corn flakes. You can put ketchup on top, or even beef gravy and serve it with french fries. The possibilities with meatloaf are just so endless! Don't forget the Mac & cheese or mashed potatoes & a veggie for a well rounded comfort meal, that will leave you feeling all warm and toasty inside. And indeed leave you so full that you will just have to unzip your pants!

So if you are looking for a simple "go to" meal, meatloaf is an excellent choice.

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      Joanne Kathleen Farrell 5 years ago from Rensselaer NY

      You can use this same recipe with 1 1/2 #'s of tofu.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      My husband is always after me to make meatloaf. Your recipe is similar to mine. It reminded me to get busy and make him some.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      You got me very, very hungry!! I LOVE meatloaf!

      Thanks for sharing,

      :)

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I cook for senior citizens and this is one thing that they all will actually eat.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      fully agree! I love meatloaf!

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      homesteadpatch 5 years ago from Michigan

      Seniors do seem to be finicky eaters. What I found funny is that a few of the elderly members of my family enjoyed meatloaf as well, even though they wouldn't eat much of anything else.

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