This Classic American Meatloaf is a winner as a main dish in a hearty, home-cooked meal. When you do it right, you can’t really go wrong with a classic, and this recipe gets it right, all the way. The savory beef flavor and soft, sweet topping are sure to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
One of Mother’s lighter meals (“lighter” being a bit of a relative term–her suppers were famous for being rich and filled with numerous sides, in generous portions) was meatloaf just like this, served with creamy mashed potatoes and juicy green beans. I rarely resisted having a second slice of meatloaf when we had it (and a second helping of green beans–the way that she boiled them with bacon, pepper, and just a modest helping of chopped sweet yellow onion was just heavenly). Even when I was really little, I couldn’t really understand why so many people thought that meatloaf was bland, boring, or “blah.” I guess that they never really had meatloaf the way that she made it.
Mother was very much a “dash of this, splash of that” sort of cook who often experimented, frequently tossed away parts of recipes that she didn’t think would work, and rarely measured unless it was a recipe that demanded great precision (such as a cake baked from scratch). This was great when you had the opportunity to watch her at her craft and have her hands-on guidance but not so great if you were trying to replicate her dishes independently. I think that this recipe captures her version of meatloaf rather well.
Recipe courtesy of Cool Home Recipes
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Quick tip: Serve with mashed potatoes!