The first year of my marriage, I was very excited to prove my abilities in the kitchen to my new husband. As such, I brought many of my mama’s and my husband’s mom and grandmother’s recipes with us to Auburn, AL., where we were still in school. One of the first I decided to try was Mama’s Meatloaf.
I had never made my mother’s meatloaf, but it was my very favorite meal, so I decided to give it a try. My mother’s meatloaf recipe is not like anyone’s I know, because she puts fresh, diced tomatoes in her recipe. Well, I decided to make the recipe easier and used canned tomatoes instead. I didn’t drain the tomatoes.
I wondered why it wouldn’t stay in the shape of a loaf, but as a young 20-year-old girl, I thought, “well, maybe it’ll be alright.” After baking for an hour, I pulled the mess out of the oven and wanted to cry. But, my sweet husband said, “Don’t worry, honey, you’ve just made up your own recipe. Meatloaf Soup!” I knew I would love him to the moon and back that day. He spooned up every bite in his bowl.
The actual recipe is delicious and since that day, I’ve made it successfully several times.
Start with 1 pound of ground chuck.
Add tomatoes, onions and peppers.
Add 3 slices of bread, grated into crumbs.
Add one egg, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and ketchup.
In order to keep your hands clean and mix the ingredients well, mix with the Pampered Chef Meat Crumbler or a similar product.
Pour into a loaf pan and top with glaze, made out of ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce and prepared mustard.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Slice and serve with your favorite sides.
Our favorite “white plate special” is meatloaf, turnip greens with banana pepper rings, mashed potatoes, green beans and coleslaw.
Thirty-five years ago, I was fortunate that my hubby liked his soup with lots of texture. Soon after that night, I learned to follow my mama’s directions more closely. SO!…To borrow the Soup Nazi’s phrase from Seinfeld, I can now proudly say, there’s “NO SOUP FOR YOU,” Honey! My recipe is successfully shaped and cooked into a loaf.