There’s nothing that makes me think of my childhood more than Meatloaf. My Mom had a few favorites she would cook: Salmon Loaf, Meat Loaf, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Creamed Chipped Beef over Egg Noodles (or over White Rice which I never preferred as a kid), Liver and Onions, and Fish (usually Perch, if I remember correctly). She always had a vegetable and a salad as a side, and we always had sliced bread and margarine and butter on the table. Milk was the only beverage on the table – we even had a special orange plastic holder with a handle for the quart of milk. We always sat at the dining room table, and my Mom liked to have the candles lit. Great memories!
The recipe below is not how I had Meatloaf as a kid, but it’s my favorite way to prepare it. Hope you like it! The pictures are not great, but the flavor is!
My Favorite Meatloaf
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped, without oil if you are watching fat content
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup finely chopped onion (more if you like lots of onions)
3/4 cup chopped basil
1/2 cup shredded provolone (if you want a lower fat dish, skip it)
2 large egg whites
2 garlic cloves, minced (I always put in more)
1 pound meat (I prefer a combination of ground lamb, sirloin and veal)
1/3 cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients from sun-dried tomatoes through ground meat. Shape into a loaf pan with cooking spray. Cover with remaining 1/3 cup ketchup. Cook for 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Tell me your favorite meal from childhood! I’ve love to hear it!
Take Care and Happy Eating!