Who Doesn’t Like Meatloaf?

 

I always hear people make fun of meatloaf, but it was always one of my kids’ favorite meals.  I like to imagine it’s because I make AWESOME meatloaf, but I think it’s really because meatloaf is in fact just a big hamburger.  Well, anyway, I finally got around to making mine to share on my blog.  Mostly because an old and dear friend asked the other day for that recipe of mine for meatloaf with the cheese in it.

I hope this was the one she meant, because I did so many different versions.  And it has evolved a bit through the years.  But this one is good.  And if you make it and don’t like it just like this, never fear, you can easily tailor  it to suit yourself.  It’s one of THOSE sorts of recipes.

I also tried something else I’ve never made before, golden beets.  I added a link for the recipe I used (not my own) because they turned out really good.  Even my husband, NOT a beet lover, liked them.  I think the golden beets are a little less overwhelmingly “earthy” than the red beets.  By that I mean they don’t taste as much like dirt.  Yes, I said it.  I think beets taste like dirt.  I don’t hate that myself, but I can see why some people don’t like them.  The golden beets have a lighter taste.

Anyway, if you want to try my meatloaf recipe, which has oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs, so has no wheat, and isn’t cooked in a loaf pan so has a nice crispy outside AND has cheese, well, here you go:  Awesome Meatloaf.

And it’s Handmade Monday, which I’ve missed two weeks in a row, so, I’m going that way now, myself.  Please head over too, and check out what they’re doing, they always do such wonderful things, crafts and some recipes and everything!  Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

Mom’s Meatloaf

For some reason when you say meatloaf a lot of people make that face.  You know, that bad face that says, YUCK!  And I admit, I don’t like a lot of people’s meatloaf either.  But really, how can you hate what is essentially a big, giant hamburger?  I made it often because my youngest son was not much of a meat eater, but he would eat hamburger in almost any permutation.  I was not willing to serve hamburgers every night of the week, but meatloaf seemed like a real meal, so I ended up with several versions.  All three of the boys would eat it, and it was easy to make an extra one to freeze for later.

Jeff and I went to the store and we bought all the ingredients, because my plan is to make my old recipes and measure and take pictures and write it all down and then post them.  I never cooked with real recipes, I just threw in this and that, and over time they evolved.  I chopped and measured and mixed and cooked.  I photographed and set the table and we sat down to eat.  It looked great.   But…. The garlic mashed potatoes were wonderful.  The spinach salad was super.  But the meatloaf was, bland.  Not my meatloaf at all.

So, I have to go back and try again.  I suspect I didn’t put enough of my normal spices in it, since I was trying to measure (instead of, “hey, that doesn’t look like enough of that!”)  So, I’ll try it again before I post the recipe.

I thought about NOT posting anything and then I thought, no, everyone has cooking disasters.  At least this was edible.  Too bad it was 1 1/2 lbs of bland.  On the other hand, I can crumble it up for chili or spaghetti or something else.  Appropriately we can eat it anyway.