Monday, September 9, 2019

Vintage Mama's Famous Meat Loaf

OK, so maybe it's not actually "famous" to anyone except my little family . . . but still, I've made meatloaf pretty much the same way for a really long time, and my family loves it! It's pretty simple, made with just ordinary ingredients that we almost always have on hand, so it's one of those things that when I just can't come up with a creative alternative, everyone around here is happy with Mama's Meatloaf.

I got to thinking about meatloaf the other day (I know, my days are filled with so much excitement!) when I read an article about how Baby Boomers still do a bunch of junk that millennials find . . . . maybe the word was "revolting" or at least "unpleasant." So, of course, I had to read THAT article, especially since my hubby and I are really that old! 

But since we also have kiddos that are still in their teenage years (what's a Millennial anyway? I'm not sure I know which generation / ages this includes), so it's important to me that we aren't doing too many really obnoxious things that our kids will find "revolting."

As I was reading this article, there were truly a few things that we did do "back in the day" that no one does anymore, such as fashion fads (which never affected me because I couldn't afford to keep up with the latest styles anyway) and home decor trends, most of which weren't part of my life, either.

But then there it was . . . . MEATLOAF! Of all the disgusting, revolting food that mother's made their kids eat (including things like jello with vegetables floating inside), meatloaf was described as a "greasy, slimy slab of tasteless mush." 

Well, that's NOT what this mama's meatloaf tastes like! Even back in the day when my BIG kids where little kids, they like my meatloaf. It's super easy, fills up their tummies, and is perfect especially on a rainy autumn afternoon. Served with cheesy potatoes and broccoli, my family is quite happy when they ask, "What's for supper, Mom?" and I answer, "Meatloaf!" YAY, they love it.

Here's my super simple recipe in case you want to try it on your family and see if they think it is as "revolting" as the young millennial who wrote that article that inspired me to fix meatloaf for supper this past weekend. It really doesn't have to be boring, bland, mushy, or slimy. Try it, you'll like it. And I'm pretty sure your family will, too!

Vintage Mama's Famous Meatloaf

1 lb. of ground beef (we use 80/20 to minimize the fat content but it is not dry)
1 egg
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
!/2 cup catsup
Salt and Pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup chopped onion

1 cup catsup
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon (I use a large plastic bag over my hand) squish all the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. 

Make sure the egg and oatmeal are thoroughly incorporated throughout the meat mixture.

Place in a loaf pan and pat down firmly.

(The meatloaf in the picture above was made with a double recipe so I used a 9" X 13" baking dish, but with a single recipe, I use a regular loaf pan.)

Spread a generous amount of catsup over the top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. We use fresh grated Parmesan instead of the powder kind, but either way it works just fine.

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees (double recipe requires about 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees)

My family loves this with cheesy potatoes, but we've also had it with mashed potatoes, green beans, and a simple dessert like ice cream sundaes. 

Sometimes we just want some good ol' fashioned home-cooked comfort food. Let me know what you think!

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