My mom is no longer living but I am sure she wouldn’t mind me sharing this recipe with you that she learned from my grandmother. For as long as I remember she made meatloaf this way. I remember it easily because the recipe is based on two of everything. It makes two loaves of meatloaf. You can serve a lot of people or freeze one for a busy night. There are 2 pans of 2 pounds of meatloaf each. Then just two of everything else: stewed tomatoes, sleeves of crackers, and eggs.
Then you ended up with 2 cups of sauce by mixing 1 cup of ketchup with 1 cup of brown sugar. If you ran short it was super simple to whip up 1/2 a batch more.
Grandma’s meatloaf actually never had any sauce on the top. My mother is the one that added the sauce. I liked it either way but these days when I fix it I always make the sauce.
I really don’t like most people’s meatloaf. I can’t explain it but I always said it tasted “brown”. I guess for a little kid maybe this meant kind of dry. My mom used stewed tomatoes in her meatloaf and I never tasted a dry meatloaf from her once. Grandma taught my mother well.
This is just the most basic recipe more than likely for a picky eater. When my dad lived with us she added onions and green peppers to his meatloaf. Be sure you are preparing your recipe according to your families likes and dislikes. A good cook prepares meals that his or her guest can enjoy without picking out the “bad” stuff. Grandma would make different loaves to suit the tastes of everyone in attendance.
This is one of those comfort meals that made everyone happy. I remember sitting down to eat to a dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas and sometimes glazed carrots since grandma was big on two vegetables. If you are used to your meatloaf a bit more dense, store it in the refrigerator overnight and serve the next day. We always only had enough left for a sandwich or two the next day.
For those inquisitive types, you can read about the history of meatloaf here.
As a grandma now myself, I am interested in hearing about the recipes that have been in your family. Anyone who would like to share a recipe along with the story that goes with it is more than welcome. Of course pictures would be nice but not mandatory. For now email me at [email protected] and soon I will have a form set up that you can use to share. (Be sure grandma doesn’t mind!)