Meatloaf has never really appealed to me. It’s basically a chunk of tasteless meat that one must dip each bite into ketchup to enjoy. That is until I had my mother-in-law’s meatloaf for the first time. And the second, and third, etc. I finally convinced her to share her recipe with me (which she got from one of those community cookbooks that likely originally got the recipe from a magazine).
This meatloaf is so easy to throw together, makes great leftovers, and is absolutely delicious. It’s moist and flavorful, and Elle loves it so much that she calls it Meat Love. Ok, so I think she thinks that’s the real name of this dish, but I’m going with it. Meat Love. I love it, too, little one!
(or if you will, Meatlove). Serves 4-6, depending on your hunger level. Takes 60 minutes from prep to table.
1 pound lean ground beef
3/4 cup milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup chopped onion (or equivalent dried)
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp mustard
1. Preheat oven to 350° and Grease a 13×9 baking dish.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and milk together. Stir in cheese, oats, onion, and salt. Add the meat and mix well. Mixture will be moist.
3. Shape meat mixture into small loaves. I usually make three and they aren’t necessarily pretty (picture above is half a loaf). Place loaves into the 13×9 baking dish.
4. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard in a small bowl. Mix well and spoon evenly over the loaves.
5. Cook, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until meat is cooked throughout. I use a meat thermometer to check temp as sometimes the ketchup will color the inside of the loaves.
6. Enjoy! Enjoy the leftovers, too–if you have any left!
Notes: The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup brown sugar. I cut this in half with no complaints from the family. My mother-in-law usually quadruples this recipe with great results, so feel free to double or more. Also note that despite the name, this meatloaf doesn’t taste cheesy. It adds a little something and helps bind, but if you didn’t know better, you’d likely never guess that a cup of cheese went into the recipe.
This is definitely one of our family’s favorite go-to dinners. The only time it took more than a few minutes to whip it up was when Elle dumped the entire container of pepper into the meat mixture when I had my back turned. (Thankfully we hadn’t added anything else yet so I rinsed the meat! and started over). #cookingwithkids :)
Do you have a favorite fall comfort dish?
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