Beef, Mains, Pork

All-American Meatloaf

So I have only eaten meatloaf twice in my life: at Mel’s Diner two months ago, and last night when I made it for the dinner.  This recipe is from Brian’s mom, and of course, it’s decorated with Nassy twists.  I would have taken a picture, but in case you haven’t noticed, my camera SUCKS and I’ve given up (for now).

You can use any ground meat you like, just make it total up to 2 lbs in the end.  Ground turkey, chicken, pork, sausage, beef, veal, venison/rabbit/ostrich/bison/duck/lamb/horse/Cornish hen?—that’s up to you.


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 lb spicy pork sausage (left over from the spaghetti squashapalooza)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of curly parsley, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp ground sage
  • salt & pepper (1/2 tsp total)
  • ketchup

Other things I would have like to have added (but not all at once):

  • minced red bell pepper
  • tomato paste
  • spicy brown mustard
  • red bell pepper paste
  • crushed red pepper
  • leeks
  • celery
  • zucchini
  • fennel seeds, crushed
  • soy sauce (I’ve heard this deepens the meat flavor, omit the salt)
  • cumin
  • Purple basil/Sweet basil


  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl.
  2. Put into a 9×5 loaf pan and top with ketchup.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 90 minutes.
  4. Slice and serve with gravy or ketchup.

Sides: mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, sautéed onion, garlic, yellow squash, zucchini, & parsley, sautéed shredded Brussel sprouts, braised carrots, salad, fennel & beetroot salad, green beans, peas, creamed spinach, asparagus, corn, etc.


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