Perfect Meatloaf


Perfect Meatloaf, ahh it is one of those things that people either  love or hate. I for one enjoy  meatloaf, but I don’t ever order it and would be heststant to eat it at someone’s home. I mean who the heck knows what “they” put in their meatloaf? Here is my super yummy, family friendly, kids and Hubs approved



Mama’s Meatloaf

1 lb meatloaf mix*

1 piece of bread, crust removed

1/4 to 1/2 cup chili sauce

1 egg

3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 t garlic, salt & pepper

1 T fresh chopped parsley

meatloaf mi

Mix everything together and allow to sit in fridge for a few hours, or overnight, or just while the oven preheats!  Dump onto a broiler pan, this allows all the grease to drain and I am convienced that this is one of the keys to a perfect meatloaf!! No one wants greasy meat! Top with sweet and sour catsup (recipe below) Bake at 350 for 1 1/4 hour or until center is cooked through.



*Meatloaf Mix  is great and REALLY adds to the flavor, there ore no seasonings just a combo or ground meat, you can always use ground turkey or beef

Sweet& Sour Catsup:

3 T catsup

2 T brown sugar

1 1/2 T mustard

1 T apple cider vinegar

Mix everything together and drizzle over top.


xoxo, Mama Bird

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

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