Grandma’s Everyday Meatloaf

I like meatloaf. It’s one of those comfort foods that I find myself craving every now and again. When I do, the only meatloaf I make is my Great Grandma Rathe’s recipe from the Meier Family Cookbook. It’s a simple meatloaf, but it always comes together so nicely. Plus, the sauce is a nice sweet and tangy touch on the top.

Now, if I’m honest, the main reason I make meatloaf sometimes is that I can eat it hot for dinner – and as a cold meatloaf sandwich for lunch the next day. I didn’t always like cold meatloaf sandwiches, but my Dad and Mom enjoyed them so I eventually learned to as well. I put a bit of mustard on my bread, and add a slice or two of meatloaf before closing my sandwich. Delicious leftovers!

Hot or cold, meatloaf is an easy recipe to make ahead for the freezer. It can be frozen in large loaf pans or small loaf pans. When I mixed up meatloaf this past week, I cooked one, and made another regular size one for the freezer. I freeze meatloaf before I bake it. Wrap it securely in foil and put the directions in Sharpie on top of the foil. This helps you know what your package is, and saves you from having to pull out the cookbook. When you are ready for your freezer meatloaf, let it thaw in the fridge for the day before baking as usual.

Here is the recipe for my Grandma’s Everyday Meatloaf, as she called it. It really is perfect for every day! I’ve updated the temperatures and times for today. Finally, before I share my recipe, my apologies that meatloaf (as delicious as it is) doesn’t photograph well. 🙂

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For Meatloaf…
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup diced onion
2 eggs
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon sage

For Sauce…
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


In large bowl, add meat, eggs, onions and bread. Pour milk in the bowl. Add seasonings. Mix well using a spoon or your hands. If the mixture looks runny, add more bread crumbs to firm up the mixture. Form meat into a single greased loaf pan (5×9).

In a small bowl, mix ketchup with brown sugar, mustard and nutmeg. Spread the sauce over the meatloaf.

Bake meatloaf at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before slicing. Remove carefully from loaf pan and serve. This recipe pairs nicely with the refrigerator mashed potatoes that I shared yesterday – both classic comfort foods. I hope you enjoy my Grandma’s recipe as much as I do!

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  1. We love meatloaf and it’s usually a ‘clean out the fridge’ type mixture. Never the same and always delicious! I had to mention that my husband will use the meatloaf in a heated sandwich. He warms the meatloaf in a pan and then butters the sides of bread and fries it like a grilled cheese and sometimes he throws on cheese! I laughed at your cold meatloaf sandwich love and thought I would toss out an idea for leftovers. One time he threw in leftover mac and cheese from the kids. I thought that was nuts, but sacrificed my thoughts and ate one and it was amazing! The girls took photos and send it to all their friends. We aren’t timid in the kitchen, clearly.

    1. Lol. I love this, Christina! I am going to have to give your husband’s technique a try soon! I’m impressed at your kitchen adventures. Thanks for sharing a new meatloaf idea!

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