This Italian Meatloaf tastes amazing! If you love meatballs you are going to love this. It’s so juicy and packed full of flavor!
Family favorite, I personally don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good meatloaf! It’s one of those meals I can’t wait for fall to make, it’s the perfect comfort food.
I know I grew up eating meatloaf, my mom would tear up pieces of bread for filler. I remember when I first got married, I would call her up (back when people had to dial phones) to ask how she made this or that. Of course she didn’t have recipes written down half the time. She would say, “I just know what it’s suppose to look like.” After a few fails I finally began to understand what she meant, but she thought it was funny when I’d have a big crack down the middle or burnt the bottom of my early meatloafs.
In a 2007 poll by Good Housekeeping, meatloaf was the seventh-favorite dish of Americans. During the Great Depression, cooking meatloaf was a way to stretch the food budget for families by using an inexpensive type of meat.
A 1906 grinder from the Enterprise Manufacturing Co. of Philadelphia could process 1 ½ pounds of meat per minute, all for $1.75. This, and the fact that beef was increasingly accessible due to advances in refrigeration and a thriving meat packing industry in Chicago, propelled meatloaf onto every housewife’s radar. In addition to bread and crackers, quick-cooking oats, tapioca, breakfast cereal were a way to stretch the meal and feed more mouths, back in those days they had large families.
So after cooking many years without using recipes, and now wanting to blog about my cooking, I’m having to measure more than I have in a long time. I do this so that I can try to help new cooks understand, it’s not as intimidating as it looks.
And I’ve come up with a sure fire way to not let the bottom burn! As you can see in the picture below, I just put some sliced onions on the bottom for extra flavor and a little security blanket.
This is actually the first time I’ve made an Italian meatloaf, saw this one on Pinterest, it’s been shared 232 thousand times. So it must be good. I did change it up a bit though. I didn’t have Italian sausage, and I always use more eggs than just one to hold mine together. I always remember that earth quake meat loaf from my younger years. Haha!
For all of you meatball lovers, I now give you the recipe for my Italian Meatloaf. So juicy and loaded with the flavors you have come to love.
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