It was a typical Sunday. I would wake to the sound of my parents preparing breakfast. My mom would mix the batter for pancakes or waffles and my dad would cook the bacon or sausage. We would sit together at the table and start the day with conversation and special Sunday breakfast. Later in the day would be our Sunday Supper. There was one I will remember forever. It was the first time I was responsible for making the main dish. Meatloaf was my choice because it was one of my favorite childhood meals.
Learning to cook as a kid is important. It was how I was able to make a meatloaf in my early teens. My mom taught me how to measure and follow recipe instructions. My dad taught me how to use a knife. Granted I only had to cut the onion, bell pepper, and celery into large chunks and then use a chopper to get it finely diced. Tip: It’s gadgets like that which kids can use and help out with tasks such chopping. Hand them the chopper and let them punch down on the top until it’s all chopped up. It’s a way to get everyone involved and spending time together in the kitchen.
The meatloaf recipe is from my mom. It is different from many others because it bakes with a sauce on top. It keeps it moist and gives a little extra something to spoon on each slice. No ketchup needed. Moistened bread cubes mixed in the loaf keep it from being dense. Serve it with mashed potatoes and a vegetable and you have a comforting and hearty meal.
Today’s Sunday Supper is about favorite childhood meals. American Family Insurance understands the value of families spending time together cooking and enjoying a meal together. AmFam has launched a Back To The Family Dinner Table campaign and has partnered with Sunday Supper for our event.
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Did you help in the kitchen when you were a kid? If so, did any of those meals turn into being your favorite? It happened for me. My very favorite is rouladen which I cooked soon after making meatloaf for the first time. It also happened to my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers. Scroll down to see their favorites and links to the recipes.
- 1 cup soft bread cubes (small)
- Milk or water
- 1 pound ground beef or ground round
- ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 tablesoons chopped fresh celery
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 4 ounces tomato sauce
- 2 ounces water
- 4 ounces tomato sauce
- 2 ounces water
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Moisten the bread cubes with a little milk or water. Squeeze the excess liquid out.
- Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer mixture to a baking dish and form into a loaf.
- Leave about ¼-inch between the loaf and the sides of the pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Pour the sauce over the loaf and return it to the oven and bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes. (Internal temperature should be 160 degrees F or greater).
- Stir together sauce ingredients in a small bowl until combined.
Here are favorite childhood meals by Sunday Supper bloggers. Please take the time to visit each one and read the stories behind what makes them special:
- Asian Short Rib Tacos with Pineapple & Crunchy Slaw by Foxes Loves Lemons
- Barbecue Chicken Pizza by In The Kitchen With KP
- Beef & Potato Skillet Supper by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Braised Pork Chops and Sauerkraut by kimchi MOM
- Chicken a la King by Juanita’s Cocina
- Chicken and Dumplings by Country Girl In The Village
- Chicken Crescent Squares by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Family Fave Lasagne by NinjaBaking.com
- Gluten Free Peppered Steak by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Greek Meatballs (Soutzoukakia) by Supper For A Steal
- Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole by girlichef
- Hungarian Goulash by The Foodie Army Wife
- Linguine with fresh Tomatoes and Basil by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Meatloaf by Magnolia Days
- Peixe Asado no Forno | Fish Baked in the Oven by Family Foodie
- Pierogies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Straw and Hay Pasta by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Swiss Steak by Curious Cuisiniere
- Veggie Mac and Cheese by Hip Foodie Mom
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