When Indiana's Family of Farmers asked us to write about a recipe that related to the farm for this round of Table Talk, I knew exactly what I was going to do!
I grew up on a farm where we raised cattle. That meant a lot of things. It meant picking up rocks out of the new hay field...pitchin' hay since before I weighed as much as the bales...herding cattle...bottle feeding calves. It meant we knew what responsibility was and took pride in being a part of it all. So when Momma made dinner, we knew all the hard work it took to get it there.
As can be expected, I grew up in a meat and potatoes family. I mean that as literally as possible. Every single meal had meat and potatoes...and it was fabulous! And one of our family favorites was Momma's Meatloaf Recipe.
The only problem with trying to make one of Momma's recipes is that she doesn't exactly write them down or have measurements she goes by. She knows by sight when she has the perfect amount of each ingredient.
However, I pinned her down and from the taste of how this turned out, by golly I think we got it!
Preheat your oven. (See below for temperatures, times and how they will come out.) Then spray your pan that you will bake your meatloaf in and set aside. Next mix together the 1 cup of crushed crackers, 1/4 cup dried onions, a little bit of salt and pepper. Now add 1 egg, 1/4 cup of ketchup and 1 to 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef to the dry ingredients and mix all together. Place entire mixture in pan that was set aside and shape into a loaf.
Now for the cooking temperature and times. If you TRULY want to make it like Momma made it, you bake it at 400 for around 45 minutes...until the edges are burnt really well.
Why you ask! Welp, Dad likes burnt meatloaf, so she burns the edges for him every time. That is true love if I've ever seen it. ;)
Now, if you have plenty of time, bake it at 300 for 1 1/2 hours. Your edges shouldn't be black and the middle will be done. If you want to speed things up a bit, kick up the heat to 400, BUT watch it very carefully and it should take 30-40 minutes. All ovens are different, so be sure and keep a close eye on it if you don't want it burnt and make sure the center is completely done before serving.
I had tried a different recipe a while back for a meatloaf and Michael wasn't impressed (I'm still in shock that he actually didn't like something!). However, he raved about this one and said I could make this one as often as I like.
Momma knows how to make a mean meatloaf, and I'm glad she passed that along so Ryder can say the same of his Momma. :)
Note: I am participating in Indiana's Family of Farmers Table Talk Series and received a gift in exchange for my participation.
1 cup of crushed crackers
1/4 cup dried onions
A couple pinches of salt and pepper.
1/4 cup of ketchup
1 to 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
Mix together dry ingredients.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the dry ingredient mixture and combine thoroughly.
Place mixture in a greased baking pan and shape into a loaf.
Bake on 300 for 1 1/2 hours until the center is cooked through.