Meatloaf for #SundaySupper #FamilyDinnerTable

by Renee on September 15, 2013

Meatloaf | Magnolia Days

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.

Meatloaf | Magnolia Days

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.

Meatloaf

1 hour, 45 minutes

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Meatloaf

    For the meatloaf:
  • 1 cup soft bread cubes (small)
  • Milk or water
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground round
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablesoons chopped fresh celery
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 4 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 ounces water
  • For the sauce:
  • 4 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
For the meatloaf:

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 1/4-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).

For the sauce:

Stir together sauce ingredients in a small bowl until combined.

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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:

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Anita at Hungry Couple September 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

I definitely used to help my mom cook…or, at least, keep her company in the kitchen and watch. She was my first teacher and meatloaf was a staple in our house. These days, it’s one of my favorite diner comfort foods to order but I don’t make it at home because I can’t get Brian to eat it. ;)

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thank goodness for diners having meatloaf on the menu. It’s one I’ll order when I’m at one too.

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Family Foodie September 15, 2013 at 7:46 am

What wonderful memories of Sunday mornings with your parents. Such a great reminder that those moments are the ones that our kids will remember when they are adults!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Our mornings were always started off with a good breakfast and conversation. They were times that made memories I’ll cherish forever.

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Liz September 15, 2013 at 7:51 am

Mmmmmm…..I love, love meatloaf! And I’d this is one of my mom’s recipes that I wish she’d have written down. Yours looks like it would please my family :)

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I was lucky in that my mom typed out a lot of her recipes and gave them to me in a book. Sad your mom didn’t write down hers.

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Hezzi-D September 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

I have yet to make a decent meatloaf. I try, I really do, but it never comes out right. My mom made the best meatloaf but can’t find her recipe now. I’m definitely giving your recipe a try as it looks great!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Thanks Heather and good luck with your next meatloaf.

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Susan September 15, 2013 at 8:23 am

Ha! We were definitely a ketchup on our meatloaf family but I loved my mom’s recipe. Filled with onions, garlic and carrots. So moist and flavorful and by my teens I knew how to make it too.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I don’t know if I’ve had a meatloaf with carrots inside. Hmmm… I might just have to try that one day.

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Shannon @VillageGirlBlog September 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

My kids love the gadgets just as much as I do! You meatloaf looks amazing. I have never used soft bread cubes and milk. I have to try this! Yum!!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Thanks Shannon and I’m a major fan of kitchen gadgets. I have drawers and cabinets filled with them.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina September 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

Pure comfort food! We love meatloaf and mashed taters in this house! Adding this to the menu next week!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Thanks Jen

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal September 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

I love that there is no ketchup in this! My mom rarely made meatloaf growing up because when she was a kid her mom made it all the time. We used to have to beg for it, but it was always delicious when she made it.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

It’s funny that I didn’t know people put ketchup on meatloaf until I had it somewhere else. I prefer the sauce so much more.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips September 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

Nothing says comfort like meatloaf! And my family does something similar with tomato sauce on top. You can find meatloaf in any New Jersey diner, but it always has brown gravy. I much prefer the tomato sauce, but next time I make it, I am trying your addition of mustard.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Brown gravy on meatloaf? That’s new to me. All I’ve seen is plain or with ketchup or a tomato based sauce.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings September 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

Meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food especially with some mashed potatoes!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Oh yes, mashed potatoes are a must.

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious September 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

Like your zesty sauce on top!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thanks Dorothy

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Constance @FoodieArmyWife September 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

Meatloaf is one of those things that I hated as a kid. I make my own version, and thankfully, my kids CHEER when I announce that it is for dinner ;) I agree – a food chopper is the best for kids!! I don’t use one anymore but that was very handy when my kids were smaller. I could set them at the table and let them go at it!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

You made me smile with reading your kids cheering over meatloaf. I didn’t know anyone got that excited over it. (Well, except me when it comes to this one).

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Heather @girlichef September 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

Meatloaf has always been one of my favorite dishes. As a matter of fact, I think I’m making one for dinner tonight. Great tips, and awesome-sounding meatloaf, Renee :).

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thanks Heather

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Bea September 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Our entire family loves meatloaf and we will need to give your version a try soon.

I love reading about your treasured family memories it is so lovely. Yes, getting kids to help out in the kitchen is so important and fun for all parties involved.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Thanks Bea and I equally enjoy the stories of your family and I can see that your kids have a great time helping you in the kitchen.

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The Ninja Baker September 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

This is a great recipe for family or company, Renee! And with a little supervision the onion chopper is a great way to introduce kids to cooking =)

P.s. Sunday was usually pancake day or waffle day in our house, too =)

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Oh how great you had pancakes or waffles on Sunday mornings. It’s such a treat.

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Diana @EatMoveShine September 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Wow… this looks delicious! I love the sauce on it, and what a fun story of growing up. Also, great tip on the chopper. I think I’ll buy one for when I cook w/nieces and nephews! :-)

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thanks Diana

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Karen Hartzell September 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I loved my mom’s meatloaf as a kid. I like that your cooks with a sauce. I am intrigued and now need to try it. I am always down for meatloaf. Always a favorite. :-)

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thanks Karen

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Lori September 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Love the chopper idea to get kids involved – that’s great! And I always appreciate a meatloaf with no ketchup in sight :) Scrumptious!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thank you Lori

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom September 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Renee,
I think I’ve said this before but I love that both of your parents were in the kitchen cooking. . . I think it’s so nice to see both mom and dad cooking! :) Love this meatloaf. . meatloaf and mashed potatoes are a staple for me in the Fall. . yummm!!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Thanks Alice and I know I was lucky to grow up with both parents who cooked and taught me how at an early age.

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) September 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I haven’t made meatloaf in ages. Need to make one soon!

I love the tip about getting a chopper. I’m ordering one now for the kids! Thanks!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Thanks Amy and I hope your kids have fun with the chopper.

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Stacy September 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

I don’t know why meatloaf has such a bad reputation. I loved it as a child and still love it now! Yours with the sauce sounds delicious, Renee. When I was little, my parents divorced and when my mom went back to work, my older sister and I took turns making dinner. Nothing complicated, I’m sure, but I enjoyed my turns immensely.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I don’t know why meatloaf has a bad reputation and we need to do something to change it. It’s great you and your sister helped out your mom by cooking while she had to work. I’m sure she appreciated it very much.

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Lora @cakeduchess September 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

My mom makes a similar sauce for her meatloaf and it makes quite a difference in the flavor and texture. This looks fantastic and is so perfect for your #SundaySupper theme this weekend.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere September 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

What a beautiful memory of Sunday mornings. It sounds like the perfect, relaxing way to start the day.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

It sure was and still is today.

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Linda | The Urban Mrs September 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I used to help mom cooking, too. That’s probably how i started falling in love working in the kitchen. That meatloaf looks so delicious and definitely brings back childhood memories.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm

So great how helping your mom made you fall in love with cooking. What wonderful memories you must have of those times.

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Bill September 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

Hi Renee, Your meatloaf looks delicious. I’ve been in a meatloaf mood lately and just posted my version. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods and your photos are making me hungry!

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Renee September 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Thanks Bill and I’ll head over and check out your meatloaf too. Your photos always get me hungry too. You are such a talented photographer.

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Becky March 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

When asking my family what they wanted for Christmas lunch, I offered prime rib, steaks, ham, turkey, etc. they asked for meatloaf. I made it but from then on, I never asked and just surprised them. The sauce looks especially good. Thank you.

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Renee March 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

Thank you Becky and I think it is the sauce that makes this meatloaf better than others.

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