I know that a lot of people have strong feelings about meatloaf…and it is usually disdain. My husband is one of those people. He doesn’t have the fondest memories of eating meatloaf. He thinks of them loaded with things he doesn’t like. I…don’t have those same feelings. Growing up my mom made the BEST meatloaf. She is a really simple eater and always made really simple food. We always looked forward to meatloaf and always gobbled it right up. We’d use the leftovers on sandwiches for lunch the next day.
I haven’t made meatloaf much for my family because my husband isn’t a huge fan…but something strange happened. A few months ago I had a beautiful, smiley, chubby, baby boy. During my hospital stay I was served meatloaf. Disgusting right? Nothing can be worse than hospital cafeteria meatloaf!! Wrong! It was Di-vine! I loved it so much that I requested it at my next meal! Crazy, I know! My husband thought I was super-gross, but I didn’t care. I loved that meatloaf!
After I was discharged from the hospital I continued to crave meatloaf. You’d think my weird cravings would go away after having my baby…but they were in full force. Soon after I was home my mom came to help out. I begged her to make…you named it…meatloaf. It was just like I remembered. Moist, flavorful, and simple. And guess what? My husband loved it too! So a week or so after my mom left I made it again.
Don’t feel like you have to leave this recipe as is. If you like onions, or shredded carrots in your meatloaf – add them in. This recipe is truly the base for a customized meatloaf of your choice. Leave it as is for more of a meatball taste, or toss in the veggies and sneak them to your kids.
So – please please give meatloaf another chance! ;)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce, divided
- 1/2 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
- onion powder
- Feel free to double
- Combine beef, egg, half of the tomato sauce, crackers, and seasoning in a large mixing bowl.
- Using clean hands, mix until all ingredients are combined.
- If desired, add veggies. Shredded carrot, onion, and celery are nice.
- Form into a loaf and place in a grease loaf pan.
- Top with remaining tomato sauce.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.