Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meat Loaf - Mom's "Old School" Secret MeatLoaf - 52 Church PotLuck Dishes

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Best if you hum the William Tell Overture (the Lone Ranger theme) while reading this...

Hi-Yo Meatloaf!

A Fiery Coating (of Ketchup), with the ease of a  mix (Lipton Onion Soup Mix), a Cloud of dusting (Brown Sugar)... Makes for a HEARTY Hi-Yo MEATLOAF!

With his Faithful Comforting Companion (Peas and Mashed Potatoes), the daring and resourceful meat dish of the plains led the fight for Meat and Potato nights in the Man Food era of the early 50's.

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear... The "Old School" MEATLOAF Rides again!

OK, turn off the theme song in your head (if you can) and remember Mom's Secret Meat Loaf... Not so secret as versions of this recipe are printed on the box of Lipton Onion Soup Mix, but I have tossed in a couple of extras.  From Brown Sugar, extra ketchup (inside and out) to even optional Cheddar Cheese, this is the moist and heartily satisfying meat dish of the 50's and 60's... Your Mom's (or maybe Grandma's).

Hi-Yo Indeed!

OK... Here's what I did...

Meat Loaf -
Mom's "Old School" Secret MeatLoaf Recipe

  • FOR THE SECRET - 2 Cups Bread Cubes (4-5 Slices White Bread diced 3/4 inch Cubes)
  • 3/4 Cups Buttermilk
  • 2 Pounds Hamburger
  • 1 Envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs, Slightly Beaten
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 2 TBS Yellow Mustard
  • 1 TBS Brown Sugar
  • Optional - 1 Cup fresh grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Additional Ketchup for Topping
  • 2 TBS Additional Brown Sugar for Topping
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees,
  2. FOR THE SECRET - In a small mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes and buttermilk and soak for 10 minutes... Cubes should absorb all of the buttermilk.
  3. For the meatloaf, Combine All of the remaining ingredients (Meat, Soup mix, Eggs, Ketchup, Mustard and Brown Sugar plus if you like a cup of Cheddar Cheese with the soaked bread cubes. Use your hands to combine until just mixed. DO not over mix or the meatloaf becomes tough.
  4. In a 9X13 Casserole Baking Dish, form the meat into a loaf shape. Drizzle the remaining ketchup over the top and sprinkle additional brown sugar over all.
  5. Bake for 1 hour until meat is cooked through. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.
  6. Serve HOT and ENJOY (Although cold meatloaf sandwich during a midnight 'Fridge raid is about as good as old school can get!)


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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1 comment:

  1. Ahhhh meatloaf, the perfect 2am snack if you have a slice of cheddar and some sourdough bread. Looks great, Dave!