Burning Question: Meatloaf


I am revising an old feature called ‘Burning Question’, a category under which I ask a variety of curious question, some urgent and some not so much. This question lies somewhere in the middle

Around my very modest circles I am known for my cookies. No, that is not a euphemism, it is true. I have nice cookies. Sumptuous and delectable. I also make a mean lasagne and I am known for my homemade soup.

During a recent conversation with my husband of 27 years, he said that there was only one meal he could remember that he didn’t like. Holy crap, did he say my meatloaf? But that is so basic in the U.S. Everyone can make meatloaf. Though I have had a few at pot luck dinners that were kind of dry and sad. But I digress.

So the gauntlet has been tossed, the challenge thrown down, and I do feel this urgency to make a really delicious meatloaf. One thing I know is that he does not like the old spread-ketchup-on-the-top type of meatloaf, or even braising in marinara like my mother used to make. He likes brown gravies and doesn’t like mushrooms.

If you have a recipe you’d like to share, or a good tip for making this a meal to remember, please leave it in the comments or mail it to me at areyouthrilled@mail.com

Thank you in advance. Your two cents is requested-

16 thoughts on “Burning Question: Meatloaf

  1. I have a recipe for sweet and spicy mexican meatballs that I decided one day would be excellent as meatloaf. It also has a wonderful “glaze/gravy” I serve it with rice instead of potatoes. If you want that recipe, send me an email. Or better yet, please consider this an invitation to dinner!


  2. I’m not a big meatloaf fan either, but I think I was traumatized in childhood by my mom’s dry overcooked, flavorless brick. It could not be eaten without tons of ketchup on it. I have horrible flashbacks just thinking about it.


  3. I LOVE my mother-in-law’s meatloaf ( and my wife’s, but it’s the MIL’s recipe, so credit where credit is due).

    1 C bread crumbs
    1 C milk
    1 lb ground beef
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 onion chopped
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp sage
    Sauce (tomato sauce of your choice)

    Soak bread crumbs in milk.
    Add meat, eggs, onion and seasonings.
    Spread sauce over top,
    Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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  4. I found this one on You Tube. It does have ketchup in the ingredients, but mixed in, not all over the top. Maybe he won’t notice if it’s blended with the other ingredients, and smothered in brown gravy? It’s a loooong time since I’ve had meatloaf, it’s not a food we eat much these days in the UK. Although I can remember it a lot in my childhood, the 70’s must have been a good decade for meatloaf in the UK. I think I’d prefer brown gravy to the ketchup too. I’ve not heard of spreading ketchup all over it, that’s new to me!! I do like mushrooms though, I’m sure it would improve the recipe. You could sneak mushroom ketchup in, the one we have here, is not a tomato based ketchup, very thin, but full on flavour. It enhances soups and stews wonderfully, and you would never know there was mushrooms in your meatloaf… haha… that’s real sneaky! 😉

    Hope you don’t find this woman annoying, she is a little Martha Stewart round the edges (at least to me she is!) But I liked her recipe. 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQtOXHghaL0


    1. I put a little ketchup in mine as well but we won’t tell him. All those ingredients will blend together into a nice flavour.

      Mushroom ketchup, does that exist! Wow that sounds amazing. I know ketchup originally was not tomato based but in the US it is always tomato-y.

      She’s a funny lady and I have watched her before. I can’t put my finger on it, but I can only watch one show at a time. I can’t say why, and it sounds mean to say it ugh. but I think you understand.

      Thank you for adding to the meatloaf tips. Next week I’ll be doing some experimenting-

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