Saturday, February 19, 2011

Meatloaf -- Home Style Comfort Food

Contributed by Dawn Marie Hamilton

A local restaurant has a 'Cozy Comfort Foods' section on their menu. Meatloaf is front and center. There are probably a million and one (okay, maybe I exaggerate, but still) ways to prepare meatloaf. I use a variation on my mother's recipe.


1½ pounds lean ground beef
1 large egg
1½ cups wheat cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1 cup (no salt added) diced tomatoes

1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into a loaf and place into a 5 by 9-inch loaf pan.

2. Bake for about 40 minutes in a 400-degree pre-heated oven. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.

I serve meatloaf with brown rice and a vegetable, but potatoes are also a tasty side.


  1. I've recently rediscovered meatloaf. It's such an easy dish to make. I can throw it together the night before and pop it into the oven when I get home from work. The hubster loves it too. I'll have to give your recipe a whirl. It sounds delish!

  2. This looks great, Dawn, and winter is a perfect time for meatloaf, especially one like "Mom's." One of the best things about a family recipe is that when we prepare it, we remember the person who gave it to us.

  3. Yeah, Kristal, meatloaf is a mid-week dinner in our house because it's easy to fix. My hubby loves it too. Thanks for visiting. And let me know how the loaf come out if you try the recipe.

  4. So true, Pat. I think of my Mom every time I prepare one of her dishes. :)

  5. Hi Dawn,
    My mom always used a combination of veal, pork and beef for her meatloaf and I continue to follow her tradition. Usually I have enough to make 2 loaves so one goes in the freezer for another time. Once it's frozen, it can be popped out of the loaf pan and repackaged.
    Who doesn't like meatloaf???

  6. Thanks for visiting, Lois. I like recipes that make enough for multiple meals. Next time I make meatloaf, I'll try the meat mix. Sounds great!