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Meatloaf - A Favorite Comfort Food

There is nothing like a good meatloaf dinner. Unfortunately many of us are so busy that home cooking seems to be not an option. Quick reci

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Comforting Meatloaf

Who doesn't like meatloaf? It is one of the number one favorite comfort foods. As for me, everytime I have meatloaf for dinner it brings back memories of a warm kitchen and a loving family. After all that's what a comfort food is. It's one of those foods that bring back happy, comforting memories of days gone by.

So how did meatloaf become one of America's favorite comfort foods? Well, it got it's beginnings way back in Ancient times. Supposedly Ancient Romans were the first to try this taste treat. It became popular in the United States in the 1900's. The reason for the popularity was very simple: they could use the tougher meats, the scraps could be ground together so as not to waste any food, and it was economically helpful to the pocketbook. Of course, during the Great Depression it was one of the most popular foods. Because of the practice of adding bread, rice, crackers, vegetables and spices they were able to stretch their meat.

Dom DeLuise's Mother's Meatloaf

Ingredients:

3 lbs of ground meat (any combination of turkey, beef, veal, or pork)

1 onion, finely chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

5 eggs

2 cups milk

2 cups seasoned bread crumbs

pepper to taste

3/4 cups grated cheese

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 cup pignoli (pine nuts), optional

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

Place into a greased loaf pan and coat with ketchup.

Bake for 1 hour.

Note: This recipe makes 4 to 5 meatloaves. It can also be used to make meatballs or burgers.

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My Aunt Bea's Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chuck

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped

1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped

1 large egg, lightly beaten

8 oz can diced tomatoes, including juice

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1 1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Topping:

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp spicy brown mustard

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix together all meatloaf ingredients and place into a baking pan.

Mix together topping ingredient and spread on top of meatloaf.

Bake for one hour.

Note: This recipe makes 4 servings.

calories: 357

total fat: 19 grams

protein: 26 grams

carbohydrates: 22 grams

cholesterol: 130 milligrams

sodium: 1226 milligrams



Company Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients:

2 lbs 85% lean ground meat

1 tbsp butter

1 cup white onion, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

1 tsp finely minced garlic

1/2 cup green pepper, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, finely chopped

1 tsp paprika

8 oz can diced tomatoes, including juice

2 large eggs,lightly beaten

1 tsp spicy brown mustard

2/3 cup Italian bread crumbs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat butter in a frying pan, add onion, celery, garlic and green pepper.

Saute until onion becomes transparent.

Add mushroom, paprika, and diced tomatoes.

Saute for a couple of minutes to blend flavors.

Set aside ingredients to cool.

When room temperature mix in eggs, mustard and bread crumbs until well blended.

Add ground meat, mixing with hands until blended.

Shape into loaf and place into baking dish.

Bake for 55 minutes.



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Skillet Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb ground beef

1/3 cup quick cooking oats

8 oz can diced tomatoes

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 green pepper, finely chopped

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Set aside 1/2 of the diced tomatoes.

Mix rest of the ingredients together.

Spread ground meatloaf mixture in iron skillet.

Top with remaining diced tomatoes.

Bake for 1 hour.

Makes 6 servings.

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© 2013 Susan Hazelton

Comments

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on March 09, 2013:

vespawoolf, meatloaf is one of my favorite comfort foods. Just the aroma of it cooking brings back childhood memoriesw.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 28, 2013:

I agree, meatloaf brings back warm and fuzzy memories of my childhood. All four of these recipes looks so good it's hard to pick which one to try next! I think the skillet meatloaf sounds interesting as I've never cooked it that way. I also like the idea of adding cheese and pine nuts. Thanks!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on February 24, 2013:

always exploring, meatloaf is great with cheese added. It's kind of like eating a gigantic cheeseburger with extra zing.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on February 24, 2013:

drbj, The skillet meatloaf recipe is indeed good.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Sunny Florida on February 24, 2013:

Mhatter99, you're welcome.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 17, 2013:

I love meatloaf. I have never put cheese in it before, but it sounds so good and looks yummy, i will try it. Thank you for sharing.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on February 17, 2013:

Thank you, KKGals. for these three luscious-looking and -reading meatloaf recipes - a very American type of food - even when the recipe comes from other countries. Think I'll try the skillet recipe first.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on February 17, 2013:

Thank you for this. I will pass these on to my wife.