Introduction: Sunshiine's Favorite Meat Loaf

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Nothing could get us kids home faster, than knowing mom was making meat loaf for dinner! Mouths were drooling and our bellies were groaning all the way home. She made it from scratch and there was never a crumb left over.  I never thought to ask her for the recipe, but one day I found one Online that reminded me of how I thought her meat loaf tasted. I believe it came from    I have modified it from the original version and we like it better. It reminds me of my mom's meat loaf! Every time I make this recipe, I get many compliments and I never have left overs.    

Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

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1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
1 cup dried bread crumbs or corn flakes
4  Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons mustard
1/2 Cup ketchup
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1 Diced onion
1/2 Cup diced carrots
1 Cup diced celery
1 Diced bell pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Bowls, measuring cups, loaf pan, knife, cutting board, spoon, whisk or fork, and oven.

Step 2: Wash, Measure, Dice, and Season

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1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
1 cup dried bread crumbs or corn flakes
4  Tablespoons brown sugar 
2 Tablespoons mustard
1/2 Cup ketchup
1 cup milk

1 beaten egg

1 Diced onion
1/2 Cup diced carrots
1 Cup diced celery
1 Diced bell pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

Step 3: Method

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl combine the beef, beaten egg, onion, Milk, and the bread crumbs or crushed cornflakes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.  
Combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup in a bowl.


Step 4: Place in Loaf Pan

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Place the meat loaf into a lightly greased loaf pan.
Shape the edges. 
Spread the brown sugar mixture over the top.
Place it in the oven for approx 1 hour.  We are at 3500 feet and it takes mine longer than an hour to cook until well done.  
Save the left over brown sugar mixture and use as ketchup at the table for those who love the flavor.

Step 5: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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I have used the base of this meat loaf recipe using different vegetables from left overs and garlic or other seasonings for a change.We always go back to my original, for the wonderful flavor and texture; as our favorite meat loaf recipe.  I do not speak for my daughter though. She makes it for her husband "The Condiment King," who likes a little hamburger with his condiments!  She also uses corn flakes instead of bread crumbs. The texture is not as firm as mine. It is fun to experiment though. Meat loaf could be sliced ahead and taken to a picnic for a quick slap on the grill.   

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trike road poet (author)2015-09-26

This recipe is outstanding, simple and yet bringing together a sizable number of flavors singly as well as in combinations that offer variety in every bite. The one thin g I add to my meatloaf is often a 1/2 cup of peanuts, just lightly blended into a powder. The nut flavor makes the beef flavor a bit more pronounced, and enhances the finish for those who are not nut allergic.

ForTheLoveOfFood (author)2015-08-08

no problem! id appreciate it if u cud follow me too, hope ur weekend is as ausum as ice cream!

Thanks for your kind words. My weekend is grand and I just might have myself a nice bowl of ice cream~ hope your weekend is grand as well~


gmccabe01 (author)2012-09-16

Making it tomorrow, many thanks and a nice easy recipe to follow
I'm a divorced fellow so it will help alot

sunshiine (author)gmccabe012012-09-16

Thanks! It is easy to make and quite tasty in my opinion. Hope you like it as much as we do!

M.C. Langer (author)2012-07-21


sunshiine (author)M.C. Langer2012-07-21

Thanks so much for voting and commenting! I hope it is as good tasting for you as it has been for me. I love it! Sunshiine

bajablue (author)2012-07-20

This is mouthwatering!  ;-P~

I wish my mom made this kind of hers was pretty terrible! ;-)

sunshiine (author)bajablue2012-07-20

The only meat loaf I have ever liked was my mom"s. the original recipe that I found and the modified one I made here. Thanks for commenting!

susanchen2011 (author)2012-07-19


sunshiine (author)susanchen20112012-07-19

Ah, thanks for commenting! Have a nice evening!

Chad.Kalas (author)2012-07-19

This looks awesome! I'm gonna try this. My wife is not a meatloaf fan, so I have to make it for myself. I'll let you know how it turns out when I make it :)

sunshiine (author)Chad.Kalas2012-07-19

Thanks! I like it because it has a tangy flavor. In the comment section Jayuu made reference to a great recipe that I want to try, it looks totally awesome!

Jayefuu (author)2012-07-19

Mmmm meatloaf. My favourite meatloaf is the recipe Canida has.

sunshiine (author)Jayefuu2012-07-19

Oh my goodness that recipe looks and sounds so good. That was not fair, now I am starving and this recipe is going to haunt me until I make it! Thanks for sharing your secret though. The ingredients sound unusual which entices me that much more. I have a hunch it will be going to my families favorite recipes! Have a unexpected simple pleasures day on me! Sunshiine

BTrey (author)2012-07-19

Cooking time about one hour?

sunshiine (author)BTrey2012-07-19

Oooo I didn't add that? Yes. I will correct it thanks for the comment! Have a great day!

jessyratfink (author)2012-07-18

That looks amazing! I like lots of veg in mine too. I also top mine with a mix of ketchup and sriracha - gives it a good kick. :D

sunshiine (author)jessyratfink2012-07-18

Thanks Jessy! I will have to look that up. I have never heard of it before. OK, I think I have tried it before. That sounds very good. It might be hard to find here but I will see the next time I buy groceries. I like to add a kick to food but I have to be so careful or hubby won't eat it. I love jalapenos! Have a nice night! Sunshiine

canucksgirl (author)2012-07-18

That looks really good. Thank for sharing the recipe! :)

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-07-18

Thank you for stopping by!

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