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Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

I didn't really grow up with meatloaf. Apparently it's a popular comfort food in America, but the only popular ground beef dish in my house is bourek. Nonetheless, the first time I tasted it at my aunt's house in Algeria years ago, I knew I had to try it out myself someday. Today was that day.

Upon searching for a meatloaf recipe, I discovered that there are endless variations of meatloaf, each with their own combination of meat, vegetables, spices and glazes. I decided to go with Paula Deen's Old Fashioned Meatloaf and I'm pleased to say that I probably won't ever try any other variation of meatloaf because this, right here, is perfection. 

It's also the only way you can get me to eat peppers. I hate peppers. But they gave the meatloaf such an amazing flavor, not to mention an amazing aroma when it was cooking. (Or I guess this would be considered baking). The beef was very tender and moist, and the oats gave it a healthy touch. Not to mention, it was so easy to throw together.

Simple, delicious, and nutritious. I give it five stars.

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

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1 pound ground beef
1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper1 egg, lightly beaten
8 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

For the topping: (I omitted this)
1/3 ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix all meatloaf ingredients and place in a baking dish. Shape into a loaf.

For the topping:
Mix ingredients for topping and spread on loaf. Bake for 1 hour.

Recipe from Food Network

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  1. Levitation is for SissiesJanuary 12, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    MashAllah, another outstanding post. I wish you'd mention the 'family context' for each dish, as you have elsewhere. Otherwise, this is just more awesome!

  2. The topping is the best part! You must at least try it!


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