Monday, November 28, 2011

Dinner Tonight: Mom's Meatloaf

This is my husband's favorite meal.  Period.  Favorite.  I started making this when we were dating (my mom has been making it for years and years) and he was in love.  Hands down, if I ever ask him what he wants for dinner, this is it.  It's super easy...can be prepared in advance and then popped in the oven at the last minute...and you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand.  Served with a side of mashed potatoes, this is a man's dinner.  A real man's dinner.

Shopping List
1 pound ground beef
1 cup Saltine cracker crumbs (that's about 12 crackers)
2 eggs, beaten
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, divided
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix ground beef, cracker crumbs, eggs, onion, salt, 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce,  and tomato sauce in a bowl.  Put in  a greased 9x9 inch baking dish, bake 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine remaining 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a bowl.  Once 40 minutes is up, top casserole with sauce and return to oven for 15 minutes.

That's it!  If you ever need to cook for my husband, please make him this.  He won't be disappointed!

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29 comments:

Amber Massey said...

I, too adore this dinner. My number one go to meal since I got married to a Massey 6 years ago. Thanks to this MMM that so graciously shared this recipe way back when:) Love you!

Kara said...

I am so glad you posted this recipe. Tim loves this meal. He asked me about it last week and I made myself a note to ask you for the recipe and now I don't have to! Love you.

Lori said...

I call this meatloaf, friend. :)

kristinwithani said...

I hate meatloaf because it always seems to have green peppers. I don't like those little things.

BUT this looks yummy!

Rxsavings said...

I made this for dinner tonight. I must have done something wrong. Are you supposed to shape into a loaf? It was too wet to do that. So I just patted it into the pan. It tasted fine, but way too soupy texture. Just falls apart and won't keep a shape.

Mix and Match Mama said...

I put it in a casserole dish (not a loaf pan), so it slices like a casserole should. You might have under-cooked it just a tad. Did it taste good? That's the most important part!

axellskitchen said...

I was planning on making my hubby meatloaf for Valentine's Day tomorrow and this looks great! It seems very similar to the one my dad used to always make but it's nice to have it written down in recipe form since he just randomly adds the ingredients and couldn't really give me measurements..thanks!

Mira Appleby said...

I too am planning on making it for vday tomorrow - but was wondering how to go about making it in advance as you suggested. Can I just prepare the mixture and refrigerate in the pan until ready to bake? Thanks!

Mix and Match Mama said...

You can absolutely make this in advance and just pop it in the fridge until you're ready to bake it. You could freeze it too.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if you have every tried using ground turkey instead? I wanted to make this tonight, but I sometimes prefer turkey rather than ground beef and wondered if it work ok with this recipe! Looks awesome and THANK YOU for sharing!

Mix and Match Mama said...

Turkey would be delicious in this! You might want to add a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture too...it will help keep the mixture moist if you're using turkey.

Lori C. said...

I made this last night and went ahead with the turkey instead! SO delicious! My boyfriend came over for dinner and left with a full, very happy belly! He's still talking about it today! I'll certainly be using this one again! He said that if I had not told him, he wouldn't even have known that I didn't use beef! Thank you for sharing!

MrsDevilGuy said...

I made this last night for dinner - it was delicious! But like rxsavings it seemed a bit wet prior to putting in the pan. One other quick question, the ingredients call for 5 tbsp of worcestershire sauce but the directions only show 4 being used.

Mix and Match Mama said...

Mrs. DevilGuy!
This is one of my most popular recipes (if not, the most popular) and you're the first one to spot the typo! Thank you for letting me know...I have corrected it. The recipe is wet...that keeps the meat loaf nice and moist. Thanks again!

Susan Pentz said...

I met my sweet man just under two years ago and he despised meatloaf til he tried a recipe I found....I have to share it with you and I MUST try yours!!!!!

Pure Romance by Sarah said...

Hi Shay! Dumb question, but what do you serve with this?? I'm assuming mashed potatoes, but I'm trying to start eating healthier, and mashed potatoes tend to not be great for you.

Thanks so much! You're the queen of recipes and blogging!

Sarah

Mix and Match Mama said...

Sometimes I serve mashed potatoes, sometimes I serve peas and sometimes, I just serve a big green salad. No matter what, you'll love it!

Tara said...

I made this last night and my husband almost ate the whole pan! Thanks for the recipe. I love your blog!

Anonymous said...

I have a stupid question. Most meat loafs end up floating in the grease from the hamburger. Do you use extra lean meat or how do you avoid this?

Mix and Match Mama said...

I use really lean ground beef...but you could also drain off the top of the meatloaf before adding your sauce and returning it back to the oven.

Anonymous said...

hi - looking for a new meatload recipe and this looks great! do you think its ok in a loaf pan? same cook time?
thanks!!!
nicole

Mix and Match Mama said...

A loaf pan will be perfect too! Same cooking time!

Carly said...

I was reading the blog and saw this receipe, coming from Ireland I'd heard of meatloaf but never seen it. Just realised I make this but we call it shepherds pie over here! And I top with mashed potato then bake. Also doesn't adding the evoo make it greasy? I normally only add teaspoon of water to minced beef. Any way love the blog, great receipes. If you ever want the receipe for irish soda bread let me know!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shay,
I just made this tonight and used ground turkey instead of beef because my family likes the taste better and its a lot less calories. Like other readers i did find this meat mixture to be too wet, I think next time I will add a little more crushed crackers. I did have to drain the liquid the formed on the top before i topped it with the ketchup sauce. I was kind of in a hurry so i only let the loaf cook the 15 minutes with the ketchup sauce, I think it could have used more time in the oven so it could have become more carmelized/sticky. I did not have a 9x9 pan so i just put it in a loaf pan. So the consensus is that my family actually liked it more than the Rachel Ray BBQ muffin meatloaf I've been making for years. I think by adding a little more crackers it will give the texture I am looking for, otherwise it is a very good meatloaf!

MrsPacman

Nicole said...

I had to comment, in hopes that maybe your calculations are wrong, and if not at least help others. I made this for dinner tonight, in the process, crushed up the crackers. I had read all the other comments and saw where others said it was too runny so I crushed 15 saltines instead of your suggestion of 12. Decided to measure those just to be sure, but the 15 didn't come to one cup. So I crushed up another 9, making it 24 total and that made a cup. It was still loose but not runny. Baked for 40 minutes and it was solid, no excess grease (used 93/7).

Tastes fabulous!!!!!

SadieRose said...

Shouldn't it be 2 pounds of ground beef? You can also substitute some ground pork or sausage for it. That's the way my Mom used to make it. I like to use 1 C. of oats instead of crackers.

Mix and Match Mama said...

My mom's recipe just calls for one pound of ground beef :). Enjoy!

Mix and Match Mama said...

My mom's recipe just calls for one pound of ground beef :). Enjoy!

Cassie said...

Made this tonight for dinner the hubby and kids loved it. Only change is I doubled the crackers.

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