Big J’s Meatloaf & Roasted Sweet Potatoes

As a little girl, my Daddy did most of the cooking. He wasn’t a gourmet per-say, however what he made, he made well! This is one of those dishes that isn’t particularly innovative it is just a good meatloaf. Honestly I didn’t know how bad meatloaf could be until I went away to college. I am southern and my meatloaf is topped with ketchup not gravy to me gravy turns it into something like Salisbury steak or uh something I am not fond of. I hope your family will enjoy this recipe as much as mine does.

1 1/2 lbs of “meatloaf mix” (pork, beef & veal)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
1 egg
2 Tb worchestershire sauce
2 Tb ketchup
2 tsp garlic powder
s & p to taste
I like to mix this all up together and let sit in fridge for a few hrs.
1 c ketchup
1 Tb brown sugar
1 Tb vinegar
1 Tb mustard
Bake at 375 for 60-90 mins. May want to tent with foil for first 30-45 mins and remove for last half. Enjoy!!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
peel and dice potatoes and toss with 2 T olive oil and 2 T your fav curry powder ( I like Madras which is a RED base as well as Dean & Deluca which is a YELLOW base) I also love to toss 1 T of Nigella Seeds (if you have, just adds another layer of flavor) I set oven on 375 and bake for apx 45 mins. Till fork tender. DELISH

What food reminds you of family?

What’s Baking?
Double Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Cream Filling
Recipe & Pics to follow!


  1. The mad woman behind the blog says:

    Yummy! Here from CCWA. This is just what I needed since I could never get the ketsup “topping” right.
    I have some questions about hair color, which can wait.
    And almost anything made with beef reminds me of home: my dad grew up on a dairy farm and Granpa started butchering cows about the time I started helping mom in the kitchen.

  2. jackie fo says:

    I love that your dad did the cooking – so cute! Since I am Italian, I love love love pasta and that is my comfort food…in general, all carbs are my friends đŸ™‚

  3. Mrs. P. says:

    Growing up meatloaf was my Mom’s *clean out the fridge* meal. You never knew what she has stuck in that loaf, lol. YUCK!! When I finally started making my own, I tried a few recipes and than basically stuck to the one I really liked…your recipe is almost identical to the one I use. And I love to serve sweet potatoes with meatloaf…just seems a great match.


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