Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Strangely enough one of my favorite meals growing up was my Mom's meatloaf. I know most people don't say that, but I love meatloaf. There, I said it!
I remember if I was coming home from college and needed my Mommy Meal fix my request was meatloaf, a big ol' baked potato {with tons of sour cream!}, and cream style corn. Oh yeah, baby!

I think at heart I am just a meat and potatoes kind of girl.

Meatloaf has changed so much throughout the years. I've adapted what I remember my mom doing to what my family likes and my tastes. I add more spices to it, mainly because those are what I am obsessed with.
When I make my meatloaf, I don't really follow a recipe, just add stuff here and there, but the last time I made it, I was sure to note how much I was adding of everything. Well...kind of. I make this recipe for my family of 4 and still have some leftovers for a meatloaf sandwich or meatloaf roll-up {so yummy}.
So without further ado, here is my meatloaf recipe...drum roll...
1.5 pounds ground beef
2 eggs
2 slices whole wheat bread
2-3 T ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T dried basil
dash of salt and pepper
1/2 cup ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder

Preheat over to 375. In a food processor chop up the bread to make bread crumbs. I then use my kitchenaid to mix everything together. First add the eggs, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper. Mix this all together. Then add the beef and bread crumbs until well combined. Spread the meat mixture into a greased pan. 

I don't like to use a loaf pan because it takes way too long to bake! I'm a little impatient that way. I use my little mini baking dish. 
Now mix up the topping. I put it all back in my kitchenaid so I don't have to dirty any more dishes. Once that is all mixed together, spread evenly over the beef mixture. 
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. This will all depend on what size of pan you use. Like I said, mine is usually pretty thin, so it doesn't take as long to make. 
Then serve!

Yummy - great comfort food.

But have you noticed all the new, crazy recipes out there for meatloaf?

Awwwwwww, cute little baby meatloaves!

They are stuffing it with Mac-N-Cheese and wrapping it in bacon? What? I'm not saying I wouldn't try this if it were in front of me. I might spend the rest of the night in the bathroom, but I'd be willing to give it a try. What? TMI?

Now this is just gross...they put an egg in the middle?

Spinach Meatloaf? My kids would never eat that, hell, I wouldn't eat that!

This one is interesting...Pancetta and Turkey Meatloaf...I've heard of substituting ground turkey, but never have tried it. I think it still goes back to I'm a beef girl. ;)
Picture of Pancetta and Turkey Meatloaf Sandwiches Recipe

I really like this idea. My hubby wouldn't eat it, but the kids and I would L.O.V.E. it!
Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes!

Or how about a cake meatloaf! My birthday is just around the corner, maybe I'll request this! Only Martha would do this!

I would definitely make this meatloaf...Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins!
Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins

And finally, last and certainly the most disgusting, as in so disgusting that if I ever showed this to my hubby he would probably never, ever eat meatloaf again!
The hand meatloaf!
Seriously - makes me want to puke!

I know, I'm so, so sorry. I sincerely apologize for showing you all of those and possibly making you hungry to just end it with that!

Sooooo, on that note...what are your favorite meatloaf recipes? Have you tried any of the unusual recipes? There are a couple up there that I think I might have to try even though I will always go back to my favorite. But not the hand one, please not that one!



momto8blog said...

oh my gosh! those meatloaf recipes are crazy!! kind of fun really! I think my family likes your recipe the best!!
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Greta said...

Love your 'ode to meatloaf' -- some of those were pretty crazy. I think I'll stick to the regular version! :) :)

dreaming en francais said...

Hmm to be honest I don't think I've EVER tried meatloaf! Maybe I have to now! xo

Mommy Bags said...

Meat loaf rock balls. My hubby loves meatloaf. I have not made it in awhile just because we do not eat allot of red meat. But I have found an awesome turkey loaf recipe that actually is not dry...

KERRY said...

I have never tried meatloaf but I think I may just like it if I did. With lots of Tomato Sauce though I think. I don't like the look of the birthday cake however lol