Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pot Roast Meatloaf

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Growing up, I never liked meatloaf. It wasn't on my list of favorite things to eat that my mom would make. This continued until I became married. I told myself in the beginning of my marriage that I would do my best to find perfect recipes for simple-everyday dishes that my family would love. When it came to meatloaf, I wanted to find a recipe that my husband enjoyed as well as myself.  I tried so many meatloaf recipes that I was literally on the verge of giving up on my quest...until I came across this one. Believe it or not, this recipe came from one of my mother's old cookbooks.

My husband loves this recipe because of the meat. My children love it because of the tender potatoes and carrots that surround it. They just slap some ketchup on top and they are good to go :) I love it because it literally is 2 dishes in one (main dish and side dish). I haven't made another meatloaf recipe since I found this :)  It's not your normal take on meatloaf...but our family loves it...and I've learned over the years, if it works, don't mess with it ;)

Pot Roast Meatloaf

(serves 8-10)


Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/3 dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tsp. salt (divided)
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper, plus a little more for vegetables
2 medium potatoes
1 onion
1 cup chopped carrots
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash and chop the potatoes and onions in a big bowl.

2..  In another big bowl, mix the following: 1 lb. ground beef, 2/3 cup evaporated milk, 1/3 dry bread crumbs, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

3.  In a 9x13 inch casserole dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, shape the meat mixture into a loaf.

4.  Take the other bowl with the potatoes and onions and add half the bag of carrots. Mix in 2 tsp. of dried parsley flakes, a dash of pepper, and 1 tsp. salt. Mix this VERY well.

5.  Take the vegetable mixture and place it all around the meat loaf in the casserole dish. It's ok to put some of the vegetables on top of the meat.

6.  Cover tightly with aluminium foil and cook at 375 degrees for an hour. When finished, spread some ketchup over the top and serve.


7 thoughtful comments around the table:

  1. That sounds like a true comfort meal to me. I bet it smells wonderful while cooking!!

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  2. Hubby loves meatloaf. I need to substitute something for the milk. I have a mild vegetable broth that would not alter the flavor too much or could I use water or soy milk?

    I make meatball muffins sometimes. Maybe, I should blog this in muffin form with credit to you, of course.

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  3. Donna: Yes...it makes the house smell extra wonderful when it is in the oven :) My hubby LOVES that smell and says it takes him back to when he used to go camping with his family. I guess they used to roast the vegetables like that :)

    Chaya: I would be interested to see how it comes out in muffin form...so yes..blog away :) I've always wanted to try meatloaf in muffin tins...but I just never think about it when I'm making the actual dish.

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  4. How unusual. I think it sounds fantastic and I'm going to add it to my menu/grocery list for this upcoming week - thanks for a great recipe!!

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  5. Hi Libby, WOW, this looks sooo good!!! I can't wait to try it. I love your blog. I'm sorry I haven't written in a few days. It's been a mad house around here but things should slow down this next week. I can't wait to read your other recipes.

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  6. This sounds like an interesting way to do meat loaf, Libby. I've never seen anything like it. My go-to meat loaf recipe has you smush down your ground beef mixture, sprinkle it with cheddar cheese and tomato sauce, then roll it up before putting it in a loaf pan and baking (and adding more tomato sauce on top). Like you, it took trying lots of recipes to find one we liked :) But that's the fun of cooking, isn't it? Fun to have found your recipe blog. I'm off to look around some more.

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  7. Pot Roast Meat Loaf? Never thought of such a thing but looks interesting! I have to admit w/o the ketchup though. I'm going to have to give this a whirl next week. Just added it to my menu. Thanks for sharing this!

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