Yes, meatloaf! It has become comfort food to us over these many years of growing our family.
Some of you have read here how I don’t cook nearly as often as I used to. Fun Son is away in college, Spunky Daughter gets full when she smells food (always has), and HH is battling an imaginary bulge or something.
What happened to all my hungry eaters?
One day last week, I threw a revolt. I cooked! Sometimes you need a meal…with meat…and potatoes.
And guess what – they ate it…loved it…compliments to the cook, even! Wow!
Why did we enjoy it so much?
Food invokes memories, y’all. That’s why we love holiday gatherings with family and friends gathered around the table.
Our meal brought comfort through memories of regular weeknight meals when the kids were young. Memories of the everyday ordinary sit-down-to-dinner-together-every-night times.
That’s how we lived. Yes, we were busy. But, we made it a priority to have this time together most days, our only time together – the “us against the world” time. Families need that. Togetherness. Cohesiveness. Unity.
OK, I’ll get off my soap box. Let’s get on with the recipe. I’ve made this meat loaf for many years, from the days when I had a subscription to Taste of Home. Li’l Cheddar Meat Loaves was submitted by Katy Bowron from Cocolalla, Idaho. Here you can print the recipe for Lil Cheddar Meat Loaves.
Gather your ingredients:
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (regular is good, too)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1 pound lean ground beef (I use whatever is in the package, sometimes 1-1/3 pounds)
Topping: 2/3 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
In a bowl, beat the egg and milk. Stir in the cheese, oats, onion, and salt. Add beef and mix well.
Shape into eight small loaves, placing in greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
Stir topping ingredients together. Glob (highly technical term referring to imprecision) topping over loaves and bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
Serve it up! Our favorite meat loaf meal is with creamy mashed potatoes and English peas. Oh, and I can’t forget the bread, because HH thinks no meal is complete without bread. He’s finally gotten me trained – only took about 20 years!
Enjoy! I hope this meal brings you as much comfort as it has to our family. 🙂
I’m joining several of these parties this week:
4 little Fergusons for WEEKEND POTLUCK
The Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY
Stone Gable for ON THE MENU MONDAY and TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY
The Gunny Sack for WHAT’S IN THE GUNNY SACK? and TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY
Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY
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