~Foodie Friday-Comfort Food~



It’s Trainwreck Foodie Friday, at Designs by Gollum, hosted by the lovely Michael.  Stop by for Foodie Trainwrecks and other meals around the land of blog.


My offering for this week’s Foodie Friday is, plain ol’ down home meatloaf.  Thankfully, the concoction I prepared didn’t turn into a trainwreck.  You just never know what might happen in our kitchen!!

There are many meatloaf recipes.  Mine is similar to the meatloaf my mother made.

Pat’s Meatloaf

1.5 to 2 Lbs. ground beef (I used sirloin)

1/4 Cup chopped onion

1/4 Cup chopped green bell pepper

1 Clove garlic, chopped

2 Eggs, slightly beaten

1 Cup crushed saltine crackers. Other options are oatmeal or crumbled bread.

Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 (F)

Line a cookie sheet with foil.

Mix ingredients in a bowl or 1 gallon zip lock storage bag.  Form the mixture into a loaf, on the cookie sheet.  Cover with foil and bake about 1 hour.  After an hour, uncover the loaf and spread with ketchup. Return to oven uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until inside temperature reaches 160 and/or meat is no longer pink.


As I prepared the sides, I could hear my mother’s voice in my head.  She was trying to make me understand something she always tried to teach me. Her voice, as clear as day, was telling me to please not serve two starches in a meal.  Although I usually try to get those greens into a meal, I didn’t this time. J does love his corn and taters and he loves them on the same plate! 

I sort of got around Mother’s two starch rule by also serving a wedge salad; giving our meal a tad bit of balance.


We plan to leave the lake, tomorrow (Friday). We’ll be home several days, to take care of a few things.

We have a date to meet a fellow blogger next week. This will be my first time to meet someone from the land of blog. I met a reader at Hemingway’s (Bass Pro) in Springfield, a couple of years ago. She didn’t have a blog, though.  J met Dana, from The Stone Rabbit, last year.

We managed to get through the storms okay.  We had lightning, thunder, and rain, but no wind.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

This does look like a yummy meal! I need to join in with these foodie fridays.
I am headed back to Italy for a bit, so it will have to wait (along with everything else that goes on hold) I'll try to post while Im there.

Cathy said...

Oh Pat...I wish I had this right now!!! I am blogging hoping dinner will fix itself;)!!! Nothing I have in the house looks as good as this. I love meatloaf and will try this recipe!!! I'll let you know how it turns out!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Pat
This looks like a delicious family dinner. I love the use of saltines instead of bread crumbs.

I'm so glad you had no storm damage! I though of you and Jay when I saw the flooding in Missouri on tonight's evening news.

Have a nice time at the Lake and fun meeting a blogger friend!

Linda said...

Hi Pat, we love meatloaf and I don't think there is anything more yummier than a meatloaf sandwich:).
Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day and have a good time at the lake. hugs, Linda

Janie's World said...

Hi Pat, Your recipe is the same one that was handed down to me by my mom and her mom. People around here always look at me funny when I put crackers in the meatloaf. I look at them and say, "what, doesn't everyone put crackers in their meatloaf?" Seriously, what holds it together?

Looks great! Your dynamite with that new macro lens!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks delicious. :)

Southerncook said...

Looks delish and I wanted to jump right into my computer and take a bite. I know exactly what you mean by those mother voices. I hear them all the time. I should start participating on Foodie Friday.

Enjoy meeting your blogging friend.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Renee Finberg said...

that looks so yummy.

i think i am going to make some meatloaf, with the very same sides!

we have the same ' mother' voices in our heads.

Nancy said...

Pat, I just at supper, but I could eat again! Meatloaf is one of my favorites!

salmagundi said...

This is almost identical to my mother's meatloaf, which I still make every other week (and have made for 50 years)! I don't know of a man that doesn't love his meatloaf & potatoes plus corn with lots of butter. It's a good thing we throw in that lettuce!!!! Have a safe weekend. Sally

Linda said...

Meat loaf is my comfort food, too. Love it! Linda

imjacobsmom said...

This is one of my all time favorite meals. It's a must to have potatoes and corn together! Thanks goodness for the greens. My Dad's INR nurse always pushes the greens! ~ Robyn

Terry said...

So glad I rode over .
The meatloaf looks Yummy !I mean awesome I will probably have to have seconds !
Fabulous post today !
Thank you for sharing .
Happy Trails

Allidink said...

I love meatloaf! And wedge salad :)

All the best,

Terri and Bob said...

The meal looks grand! We always had wedge salad with 1000 Island dressing!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I love meatloaf.. I am going to try this one this weekend! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Definitely NOT a trainwreck, Pat! That looks delicious!


Sheila :-)

Junebug said...

One of my favorite foods is meatloaf. I absolutely love it. I don't know if anyone else in my family does but I make it once in awhile for me. Well, for them too but I'm the one who loves it.

I would like to ask you a question about your blog design. Maybe if I look around I might find the information that I want to know. How did you get it to look so pretty? I mean, you have a regular blogger account, don't you? I would love to do something to fix mine up but I don't know where to start and that html stuff baffles me.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, it looks tooooo yummy. Save me some...ha.

Have a fun weekend.


bj said...

Meat loaf is one of my favorites...and I like mashed potatoes with mine, too...*smile
xo bj

susan said...

your meatloaf looks delicious. Isn't it funny how we get "set" meals in our head. We, also have mashed potatoes with ours, but we have green beans instead of corn! :)

Joyce said...

Meatloaf is my comfort meal of choice. I usually make 2 so that I can freeze one. I love mashed potatoes and green beans with ours.

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

I'll bet it tastes as great as it looks! Isn't it funny how our mom's voices and lessons stick with us? I think mashed potatoes and corn, though, are meant to be together.

Very glad you weathered the weather well, Pat!

Brenda Eason said...

Your food looks amazing. Don't you just love when your mom talks to you?
i love you deck table. I am looking for a small one with two chairs for my front porch. In the summer I like going out there in the morning. Any ideas where to get one?

Beverly said...

She's so excited about your upcoming meeting. I'm sending you a hug from me by way of her.

I know you will have a wonderful time.

Judy said...

What a nice beautiful blog you have. This is the first time commenting and I will be back for more visits. Your meal looks wonderful and I enjoyed looking at your photo blog.

Amy said...

I do remember the day of left over meatloaf sandwiches! They were yummy. No more red meat for me though! Looks good :)

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Meatloaf is my favorite comfort meal - have to have it with mashed potatoes. I do use oatmeal in mine because I feel I'm adding something healthy to all that meat!
Plus there's nothing better than meatloaf sandwhiches the next day!


Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Sometimes I just draw a blank about what to cook. So I think I will have meatloaf next week . You make yours exactly like I make mine.I got my recipe from my mom also.

Q said...

I have enjoyed catching up with you.
I have been so involved with life that I have not had time to come visiting!
Enjoy meeting a fellow blogger...already friends!
Glad you are safe and sound. The storms have been incredible!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I haven't made meatloaf in forever!
I'm adding it to my menu plan for next week. I'm thinking Sunday would be perfect.

A Hint of Home said...

I don't have a good meatloaf recipe. Yours looks yummy!

Dana and Daisy said...

Pat, that is the same way I make meatloaf, but you did teach me something new... last thirty minutes with eh ketchup on it. OF COURSE!

Now as to two starches, corn and taters is the perfect companion to the meatloaf. Maybe you better just eat green veggies today to make up for it!

enjoy your blog friend! Love, Dana

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I love meatloaf. The quintessential comfort food!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You managed to make meat loaf look beautiful Pat!

I'm gonna have to bone up on my food photography if I am to continue in Foodie Friday. *blushes* Everybody's photos are sooo good!

Julie said...

Wow - that looks really good. I have not done much cooking lately. Maybe I can try this for DH this weekend!

Cottage Contessa said...

Ooohh Pat, sweetie it looks delicious! My family love very traditional old fashioned meals like this too. There's nothing like the classics for comfort food! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a safe trip home.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Kathleen said...

I love meatloaf,,heart shaped one in Feb, shamrock in March..and potatoes and corn are good by me!
Have a lovely weekend!

The Bloom Girls said...

I always order the meatloaf with potatoes and corn at Cracker Barrel. My mom applied the same no two starch rule and included something green in every meal.

My family is just lucky to get a home cooked meal!

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Muse said...

your imagery is quite excellent!...nicely done camera work! :)

and the food looks scrumptious, to be sure....!

(i am so delighted that you are having the wonderful opportunity to meet another blogger~heaven bless you)

mbkatc230 said...

This looks wonderful! I use cracker crumbs in mine also. And there is nothing better than a cold meatloaf sandwich the next day. Thanks for stopping by. Kathy

Mary said...

Pat, I love meatloaf, it's one of my favorite comfort foods.
Enjoy your weekend at the lake and have fun on meeting a fellow blogger.
I need to take a Mo. vacation...I enjoy Hemmingways. I love the backspash of the bar!!
Thanks for adding me to your blog list and I will add you to mine. I'm glad I caught up with you again! Mary

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

We also love meatloaf, and I must say, I enjoy your lake pictures very much :-) I added you to my blog list.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

You always make the best comfort food, Pat! Yum!!

Nnairda's said...

I haven't had meatloaf in a good long time. Yummy!

Enjoy your weekend!

HiHo said...

just the right amount of ketsup, how did you know??? always nice stopping by. heidi

Pamela said...

being the youngest of 8, by the time I came along with my fork, the meatloaf took on a life of it's own.

Mama used bread. and onions. and she just didn't cut it up small enough anymore. I hated it. Ruined me for meatloaf forever.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I love meatloaf...your post is inpiring me to make one this week!

Think I'll use your recipe!

Lisa said...

I'm not a meatloaf fan, but this looks very good! I love how that salad wedge looks. Never thought of doing that before.

Saphron said...

Now I want meatloaf! Lol. Maybe I can take some beef over to my parents' house today as persuasion...

When I was in NYC I ordered meatloaf at a diner and was terribly displeased. It is NOTHING like Midwest meatloaf. And they use gravy, ugh.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

The last time I made meaatloaf - it was a trainwreck because it cracked in half! Still tasted good though. Maybe I'll try again - your recipe looks good - nothing better than good old comfort food!

sandi said...

That meatloaf looks yummy! wish I could just reach in the picture and take a bite. Thanks for sharing

addicted to life said...

i feel the taste just from the picture!
congratulations :)
eating is like addiction for me

Joy said...

My Gma used to alway put saltines in her meatloaf too. It was so good and I think yours looks wonderful too.