Meatloaf – the Best Comfort Food Recipe

Hands down, meatloaf is one of my favorite comfort foods and is also inexpensive. For example, meatloaf reminds me of childhood and an easy meal we had in our house on a Sunday for dinner. Meatloaf goes well with anything from steak fries to vegetables to salad. You can make it ahead, store it in your fridge, or whip it up quick for a family meal. My trick to a good meatloaf is to add 1-pound of pork sausage to the beef. In addition to an egg and breadcrumbs, seasoning add such a special personal touch to your own recipe.

washed russet potatoes on a white cutting board

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Published October 19, 2021
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A History of Meatloaf

“By the 1950s, meatloaf was here to stay. Betty Crocker had recipes, which home cooks tweaked. A 1958 book, 365 Ways to Cook Hamburger, included 70 recipes for meatloaf, and while you won’t find nearly that many in our book, that’s because some of those 70 went a bit wild, advocating smashed bananas, for example, or ketchup-filled peach halves.” A History of Meatloaf by Bon Appetit.
Meatloaf has its history going way back to the 5th century in Medieval Europe, where they mixed meat with chunks of fruit, nuts and seasonings. The origins of meatloaf all surround using whatever food was left over, as a sort of mash-up of anything to cook.
In the 1870’s, meatloaf was a breakfast staple, used to stretch proteins when the cold winters in America were long and harsh. During this time, they soaked bread chunks in egg and mixed them with meat, onions, vegetables and seasonings. Check out Bon Appetite’s website for more on A History of Meatloaf.
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Cost breakdown for this recipe

As recipes go, this one is generally straightforward. Meat, eggs and seasoning come together to make this recipe on the lower end of cost for dinner. However, I am honestly shocked at the rising cost of ground beef. A year ago, for example, 2-pounds of ground beef was well under $10. Now, for instance, the same beef is over $11.

2-pounds ground beef $11.40
1-pound ground pork sausage $2.39
1 egg $0.08
1/2 cup breadcrumbs $0.40
1 tsp Italian seasoning $0.05
1/2 tsp salt/pepper $0.02
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce $0.05
broccoli $2.79
russet potatoes $2.00

The total cost to make this meatloaf was only $19.18.
When all was finished, this meal came to only $2.39 per serving, including a lunch for Tyler the next day. Not too bad for a 3-pound meatloaf with potato wedges and broccoli as sides.

Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients

2-pounds ground beef
1-pound ground pork sausage
1 egg
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

ingredients for meatloaf and the whole dinner
Ingredients

Directions for Meatloaf

1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.
2. Firstly, spray a 4 X 8 baking dish with a non-stick spray. Glass pans work great for meatloaf, as it cooks the meat evenly while providing for a quick clean-up after you are done.

5 X 8 baking pan for meatloaf
Spray the pan

3. Secondly, put 2-pounds of ground beef and 1-pound of ground pork sausage in a large bowl. This blend is not something I read or found a recipe for, but it does make the meatloaf taste great. The pork sausage adds a great flavor while lowering the cost significantly if you need a 3-pound loaf to feed more people. While grocery shopping, I could not believe the cost of ground beef right now!

When researching The History of Meatloaf, I read that a lot of recipes from 1800’s and on listed using pork, beef or anything that was available. So technically I am not breaking any moral codes or causing any cooking violations by using two different meats.

beef and sausage to make meatloaf
Beef and Pork Sausage

4. Thirdly, add 1 egg to the beef in the bowl, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.
This is the perfect time to completely customize your own Meatloaf recipe. For example, you can choose to add different spices, ketchup, BBQ sauce, more Italian seasonings or even French-Fried Onions. In the past, we have added French Fried Onions and it adds such a great flavor, give it a try some time but be sure to add breadcrumbs and an egg to help it come together.

5. The easiest way to mix meatloaf is with your hands, really get in there and mix it up! Finding a great bowl with a silicone non-slip bottom is amazingly helpful while mixing this recipe, as you will find it easier to mix with your hands while not needing to worry about keeping your bowl steady. The Wolfgang Puck nesting bowl-set comes with lids and many different sized shredders for all your cooking needs.

6. Place the meat mixture into the prepared baking dish, then press it down firmly to each edge and making sure it gets molded into the corners.
I always get into the habit of pressing down the center of any raw burger that I cook, as this is to allow for the meat to fully cook in the middle and not rise up but stay flatter.

washed russet potatoes on white cutting board

7. Bake until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 165 degrees.
8. Remove from the oven and serve with any sides that you have made. It may honestly not look that appealing, but the flavor is SO good! Our boys like it with ketchup like Tyler, but I really enjoy meatloaf with BBQ. yummmmm…. I have tried some recipes where ketchup was slathered onto the top of the loaf while cooking the last 10 minutes or so. I have not done this in a long time, as it just dries out and I really do not like the taste of ketchup on my meatloaf.

What way do you eat yours? Leave a comment and let me know!

cooked meatloaf

9. Additionally to the meatloaf, we had steak fries made from russet potatoes and broccoli roasted in the oven. Make sure to wash the potatoes and broccoli before prepping them.

10. Place the prepared vegetables on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray then drizzle with oil and sprinkle with Lowry’s Seasoning Salt.

oil and Lawry's seasoning with cut potato wedges in a bowl

11. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees until the potatoes are tender.
Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

Recipe for Meatloaf

Ingredients

2-pounds ground beef
1-pound ground pork sausage
1 egg
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Meatloaf Directions

1. Firstly, preheat an oven to 375 degrees.
2. Secondly, spray a 4 X 8 baking dish with a non-stick spray and set aside.
3. Thirdly, put 2-pounds of ground beef and 1-pound of ground pork sausage in a medium bowl.
4. Then add 1 egg to the beef, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.
5. The easiest way to mix meatloaf is with your hands, really get in there and mix it up!
6. Then place the meat mixture into the prepared baking dish and press it into the sides and corners.
7. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
8. Additionally to the meatloaf, we had steak fries made from russet potatoes and broccoli roasted in the oven.
Wash, slice and drizzle them with vegetable oil, then place the vegetables on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
9. Bake the broccoli and potatoes in the oven until the potatoes are tender and browned.
10. Finally remove the meatloaf and vegetables from the oven and serve with ketchup, BBQ or any other sauces you desire. Enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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