Friday, December 18, 2009

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

So, yeah. I'm writing about meatloaf. Just basic, old-fashioned meatloaf, just like the one your mama made. I'm posting this recipe because even though I've only made it once, I already know that it's going directly into our regular dinner rotation. I think everyone needs a "basic" meatloaf recipe. My mom's cajun version is my absolute favorite meatloaf, but every once in a while I just crave that sweet, ketchupy topping. And this meatloaf fulfills that craving perfectly.

This is a Paula Deen recipe that I discovered through Jessie. This meatloaf reminds me a little bit of my mom's standard version, but she used celery and breadcrumbs instead of green peppers and oats, and she didn't use tomatoes. I love the addition of tomatoes and think they really add a lot to this recipe. I like the use of the oats, too, because I think they make the meatloaf less dense than breadcrumbs would. The best thing about meatloaf is that it's so adaptable -- you can throw in whatever you have on hand and even make mini loaves out of it, and it's easily doubled for freezing. This is my new go-to "basic" meatloaf recipe!

(By the way, some Christmas-related recipes are coming up next week -- promise!)

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
source: adapted from Food Network

1 pound ground beef
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 chopped onion
1 chopped bell pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
8 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Mix beef, salt and pepper, onion, bell pepper, egg, diced tomatoes, and oats well and place in a baking dish. Shape into a loaf.

3. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Spread over loaf. Bake for 1 hour.


Sonya said...

I seriously love meatloaf! I think it sometimes gets a bad wrap. I love the sweet tangy glaze and I espically love leftovers! I usually make a cold meatloaf sandwich the next day. Im going to for sure and try this version!

TheRoosterChick said...

Meatloaf is a family favorite here. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Debbie said...

This is my favorite meatloaf recipe! I have posted the same one last year...It is soooo good! My husband loves Paula Deen and found this recipe and it's been the only one I make now when I make meatloaf.....Looks great Cassie!

Deborah said...

Meatloaf is one of the few things that my husband doesn't like. But he told me the other day that he'd try it if I made it, so I need to get some made!

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It's a traditional and old fashion way of preparing foods, hostels do the same.

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Unknown said...

Mine Is In The Oven Now! It Smells A-mazing!