I don’t recall us eating much meatloaf when I was a kid. I’m sure we did because it’s, you know, meatloaf. An absolutely classic comfort food. It’s a dish that when combined with mashed potatoes and gravy is called the “all-American meal” – despite the fact that a version was found in a Roman cookbook in the 5th century!
Meatloaf isn’t something I make regularly. In fact, I can only recall a couple of times previously that I’ve cooked it. It’s one of those dishes that have a lot of variables: will it stay together, will it be tough, will it be dry, etc. But hubby loves meatloaf so when I saw this recipe for Mom’s Meatloaf in the new Garfield… Recipes with Cattitude! cookbook from Gooseberry Patch I knew I wanted to give it a try.
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¾ C crushed saltine crackers
- ¼ C onion, diced
- ¼ C green pepper, finely diced
- 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 T Worcestershire sauce, divided
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1½ lbs. lean ground beef (90/10)
- ½ C ketchup
- 2 tsp. mustard
- 2 T brown sugar, packed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 9"x5" loaf pan with aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl, stir together eggs, cracker crumbs, onion, green pepper, tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, salt, and ground black pepper.
- Add beef; mix well with your hands. Form into a loose loaf shape.
- Place beef mixture in loaf pan; reshape as necessary.
- Bake, uncovered, for one hour.
- Combine ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl.
- Spread sauce over meatloaf; return to oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
I did make one small change to the recipe that I included above. The original recipe only calls for 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce in the meat mixture. I added a second tablespoon to the sauce mixture to amp up that particular flavor a bit, because we really love Worcestershire sauce. Feel free to leave it out if you’d like.
We were impressed at how moist the meatloaf turned out. My husband said the flavor was great and that he especially loved the flavor of the sauce. So much so, that he said next time he’d like for me to make extra sauce to drizzle over the slices when serving. I totally agree – it was yummy and I would have liked more of it.
Garfield… Recipes with Cattitude! has lots of other great recipes, too. As you might expect from a cookbook based on the well-known feline, there are a number of recipes for Italian foods. In fact, there’s a whole chapter called “Losta Lasagna, Pasta & Pizza”. You can pick up your own copy – hardcover or digital – or you could even win one! For your chance to win just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway closed.
There are many comfort foods I enjoy. I’ll go with Hello Dollies, but pizza, chocolate cokes, chocolate chip cookies, and mexican all rank up there.
Macaroni and cheese
My favorite comfort food in a hamburger with french fries.
Love family favorite recipes – especially something as simple and comforting as meatloaf. My boys love this stuff!
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Mashed potatoes! Yummy what a cute cookbook,
A well-done cheeseburger with ketchup and mayo
My favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings , makes me feel great and happy
I have a sweet tooth so it would be any kind of dessert….walnut brownie, ice cream, rice pudding ect.
Actually I’m a big fan of meatloaf; but my husband isn’t. I’ve tried just about every recipe out there so I can get a thumbs up. I’m hoping this is the one recipe that will do the trick. It looks totally delicious.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese and chocolate cheesecake. Cute cookbook!
my favorite comfort food is meatloaf also with mashed potatoes and fresh veggies
Meatloaf is a favorite comfort food! So is macaroni and cheese.
homemade mac & cheese casserole and also mashed potatoes and gravy (not together of course lol)
Spaghetti or homemade chicken soup.
PBJ or something sweet.
Homemade chicken fried steak and eggs!
My favorite comfort food is chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes & country gravy. Yummmmm!
I like a nice bowl of beef stew in the winter months. And in summer or really anytime mac n cheese.
My birthday dinner has always been meatloaf and scalloped potatoes, they taste like the ultimate comfort foods to me!
Mashed potatoes. And chocolate. Not always in that order.
I think my favorite comfort food is my chili with corn bread muffins. So Yum and hearty!
Mac and Cheese is my favorite, thanks!
My favorite comfort food is lasagna!!
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Remember eating meatloaf often growing up. Mom always made it the same way. I have a few recipes I rotate and I’m interested in adding this one. I love Worcestershire sauce and have never tried it in meatloaf. Thanks for sharing!
Yum! This looks delicious and amazing! And totally easy! I am soooo making this tonight!