Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

This week's chefs for the Food Network Cooking Challenge were Bobby and Jamie Deen but since they don't have recipes posted, I just stuck with good ol' Paula. My hubby is a huge meat and potatoes kind of guy, so while browsing through her recipes I decided to make old-fashioned meatloaf for him. You know what they say? The way to man's heart is through his tummy. Sorry about the poor photos on this post - I think the icing issue with my camera is starting to be a problem.

The original recipe is listed below with my changes in italics.

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf - from Paula Deen
1 pound ground beef (I used 1.5 lb ground venison)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt (I used 3/4 tsp and I still felt like it was too salty)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 small onion)
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (1 small pepper)
1 egg, lightly beaten
8 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice (I used the first can of my homemade diced tomatoes, but next time I would drain the juice - it was too runny)
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (I used between 3/4-1 cup)
I also added:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard (I used MUCH less, just a tiny squeeze)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (I did 400). Mix all meatloaf ingredients well and place in a loaf pan.

Mix ingredients for topping and spread on loaf. Bake for 1 hour (mine took 1.5 hours to be done).

I served with roasted potatoes and green beans. This made 4-5 servings for us.

I didn't mind this recipe, although I think I like my other meatloaf recipe from my mom better. With the tomatoes in the loaf and the ketchup on top, I found it too tomato-y. I also thought it was too salty. The FD thought it was delicious.


  1. I like meatloaf but the rest of the family does not. Leftovers make great sandwiches! I can see how this one might be too much tomato. Thanks for posting your recipe. Can't wait to see what you pick next week :)

  2. The addition of tomatoes inside the meatloaf is new to me as well... I think the ketchup mixture on the top is always my favorite part and wouldn't want to take away from that!

  3. we haven't had meatloaf in ages -- I do like the addition of the veggies ... but, not sure about the tomatoes.

  4. I love meatloaf also, seems like using all the tomatoes would make the loaf very moist, but also tomato-y.

  5. Yum! I haven't made meatloaf in forever. Sounds delicious!


    P.S. Your "roughing it" night at the cabin made me laugh. My dad has a cabin exactly like that and I always feel the same way. It's very sweet and quiet, but I need a few things, like plumbing and running water. lol.

  6. I think everyone has a meatloaf recipe so, it's hard when you try someone else's.

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  8. Made this last week. How awesome!! Loved it. It is my family's new meatloaf go to. Thank you for sharing.