Gardening is something you learn by doing---and by making mistakes....
Like Cooking, Gardening is a constant process of experimentation, repeating the successes and throwing out the failures.
Carol Stocker

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hearty Meatloaf

Meatloaf was a dirty word while I was growing up....I didn't care for it at all!  Through the years I have experimented with different meatloaf recipes and finally decided just to come up with my own.....and here it is.  I get the same look from my kids when they hear the word 'meatloaf', maybe it's just the word 'meatloaf' that is unappetizing.
This is one meal in itself, but I like to serve it with mashed potatoes.  Paul and Ryan love this dish, as for Lainie...well, she's just Lainie.

Hearty Meatloaf

preheat oven to 350F

1 1/2 - 2 LBS Ground Beef
1 Small Onion, chopped
1 Medium Carrot, chopped
1 Stalk Celery, chopped
1/2 Cup Potato, diced
1/2 Tsp Thyme
1 Cup Mushrooms, chopped
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Minute Rice
1/2 Cup Oatmeal
2 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
Salt/Pepper to taste
Ketchup to your liking, about 1 cup-I just squirt it on!

Saute onion, carrots and potatoes in olive oil on medium heat until onions are translucent.  Season with Salt/Pepper and Thyme.
In a large bowl combine ground beef, egg, rice, oatmeal, Worcestershire Sauce, mushrooms and sauteed vegetables, mix with your hands until well incorporated. 
Pat the ground beef mixture into an 8x8 casserole and evenly spread Ketchup over top.
Bake at 350F for 1 hour.

Meat & Egg

Saute Veggies

Mix 'em up

Out of the Oven


  1. Hey Kelli! Looks delicious, I'm gonna try it. My meatloaf is so plain but the family still loves it and we have it once a month. The sauce is the trick. Instead of plain ketchup on top I mix some mustard and brown sugar in with the ketchup!

  2. oooh, that sounds like a good topping! Hope you enjoy!



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