Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Old-Fashion Meatloaf

Friday, January 15, 2021

Old-Fashion Meatloaf

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I think a lot of us turn to comfort foods more often in the winter. I know I do. And one comfort food recipe that's been a staple in my family for as long as I can remember is meatloaf. I've made it many different ways throughout the years, my favorite involving a lot of brown sugar mixed in for a sweeter version, but there's something to be said for going back to your roots and making a scaled down, old-fashion recipe. Jason and I aren't on the same eating schedule lately, so when I found this Old-Fashion Meatloaf recipe on Golden Blossom Honey, I knew it was going to be a great one for me to keep on hand since it freezes well. I can make this on the weekend, portion out individual serving sizes, and freeze them so he has dinner already made up when we can't eat together, or he can grab what he needs for a quick and easy workday lunch. 

All recipes have a basic version, and you can stick with this one as written and it will turn out great. But it's also a really good recipe to build upon with your own touches. Add in sauteed veggies, mix in a little ketchup, or be like me and dump in an obscene amount of brown sugar LOL. Basic or beefed up (get what I did there?), this recipe needs to be a staple in your recipe index. Also, I would suggest investing in a meatloaf pan that has grease drainage holes in it if this is something you'll be making frequently. I think any meatloaf bakes up much better/more firm if it's not bathing in its own grease in the oven. You can find good ones on Amazon for around $13. 

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce, divided in half
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 tablespoon lemon juice

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38 comments:

  1. This dish looks so tempting! Although I can't digest red meat, maybe I should try it with minced chicken. Honey really has lot of benefits!

    xoxo,
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    www.chelsheaflo.com

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    1. I'm sure you could find a great substitute on Pinterest. I've found some awesome vegan meatloaf recipes there!

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  2. This looks delish! Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  3. Wait, whaaaat? Ya put sugar in da meatloaf? Da what? Ewwwww.... Not that meat isn't ewwww in itself LOL The colours are really lovely, though, green always goes well with da red even if it looks like freshly killed carcass lol That wooden plate is very cute, wood looks good in photo shoots. I've never frozen anything, if you would believe me. Maybe just during college. But I know women who prepare five meals on Sunday evening, freeze them and eat them during the week with the family.

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    1. I put a little sugar in meat loaf, too! I made a giant pot of sauce today and put a few teaspoons of sugar in there to offset the acid of the tomatoes. You don't really notice it. :)

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    2. How have you gone through life and never frozen anything? My freezer is always so packed full, the family hates even opening it anymore cause they can never find anything in there. It's a huge source of stress for them LOL

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    3. I just prefer sweet over savory, I suppose, but yes the sugar is great to offset the acid in tomatoes. My vegan meatballs call for a sweet sauce too, so it's not just red meat that I use sugar in.

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    4. Traditionally my people prepare fresh lunches (which is a midday meal here) each day in the week, EACH. It is probably because unlike you we work in shifts, morning or afternoon ones, so one of the parents is always there in the morning to cook the lunch and we don't have to rush with preparing food in the evenings like you. So this is why it never became our habit to freeze prepared meals. It is more difficult now as in some of the cities women work till 5pm if they work in offices, but I think all would prefer working from 7 till 15h. Or from 15h till 23h as they do in afternoon shifts in factories. And as I told you before many houses have grandparents living with them, so granny often cooks the lunch for the kids and grandkids :) Not mine, though, my grannies were horrid cooks, sadly.

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    5. So, how do grannies decide which family to live with if they have more than one child? My grandma, loved her to bits, but she had 5 kids of her own and 10 grandkids + 8 great grand kids, so we hardly saw her after I had my own children. She would dedicate all of her free time to the grandkids she thought were struggling (my sister's kids mostly because of her drug addiction, or the grandson she ended up adopting because his parents were total POS).

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    6. Your granny had a difficult life.
      Well, we often have houses where all siblings stay with their grandparents in the same house forever together with their families. Down in Serbia parents in villages will built two houses in their yards for their kids to live their with their families. Or the older siblings leave the house and find their own place and then the younger ones just stay to take care of the parents... it depends on the situation. Our old house was in the same yard with the house of my mother's parents so we live on their farm but granny did not talk with her other two daughters, my aunts, so it was just my mother living on her property. The same is now happening to my mother, as I don't talk to my brother LOL

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    7. A lot of times when I am property hunting, I look for land where I could comfortably put an extra house. I like the idea of having my mom or Jason's parents sell off their homes, then come live close to us. Without their extra kids, of course as I don't talk to my siblings either LOL

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  4. Your meat loaf looks a lot prettier than mine! I make mine like a gigantic meatball, meaning shape and ingredients. I'll have to try yours soon since it looks so good! :)

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    1. A gigantic meatball is something Jason would probably love. He'd probably want pasta to go with it though LOL

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  5. As a kid, meatloaf was my most hated dish my mom made. Super dry with no sauce on top. I eventually found a recipe that even I enjoy. The meat loaves are mini and they are coated in a homemade bbq sauce, which does include brown sugar!

    With only 3 of us now, most of my meals have leftovers, so my freezer is stocked with those.

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    1. Same. We only have 3 here too, so a lot of leftovers get tossed in the freezer. I'm glad you were able to find a recipe that you enjoy. I am partial to homemade bbq sauce and mine also has brown sugar in it.

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  6. This looks delicious Theresa!! xoxox

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  7. I love meatloaf! I find it so interesting how different countries have different versions of it. This one sounds delicious!

    Lindifique

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    1. I agree! Even here in the US, it's interesting to see how different regions put their own unique style on this classic dish.

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  8. I love meatloaf, such a comfort food to me!

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  9. I just know about meatloaf.... look delicious....
    I should try your recipe.... Thank you for sharing.

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  10. That is sure the prettiest meatloaf I have ever seen. Whenever mom tried to get me to eat that, let's say it got eaten, but by someone with 4 legs lol

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    1. My sister was the same way, but she'd always trick me into eating her portion.

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  11. Mouth Watering - Dig It - Good On You - Sending Vibes To You And The Family

    Cheers

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  12. I love meatloaf or rather my meatloaf. lol

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    1. You'll have to share your recipe on your blog sometime, Mary!

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  13. que receta mas apetitosa e interesante, me gustaría probarla

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  14. I never really cared for meatloaf, but you sure do make it pretty! My sisters always raved about my mom's. I was the odd ball out. I don't think my kids have ever had it.

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    1. Meatloaf is a love it or hate it dish, I think. There is no in-between. Jason loves it, but the girls would never in a million years eat it.

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  15. My oldest three like a good meat loaf. Classic is their fave but they've been known to experiment. :)

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    1. Nothing wrong with shaking things up in the kitchen. Some of my favorite recipes come from "well, let's see what would happen if I just toss this in there" lol.

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