Does Meatloaf Mean Comfort Food To You?

We’re having meatloaf for dinner tonight.

Now, some of you may be thinking “meatloaf, yuk”. But, you haven’t seen my recipe. It stars ground beef, tomato sauce, vegetables, all of the necessary ingredients to produce a perfect meatloaf and, ah yes, CHEESE. Cheese is that secret, soul comforting, ingredient that moves meatloaf out of the mundane category and into the “Can we have meatloaf tonight?” category. Without further ado, here’s the recipe and I added my video below the recipe to show you step by step how to make it.

Spicy and stuffed with cheese. The way meatloaf should be.

3 Lbs. Ground Chuck
6 ounces Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
2 slices Bread, Toasted and Pulled Apart
1/2 Cup Green Bell Pepper, Diced
1/2 Cup Celery, Chopped
1Onion, Diced
2 Eggs, Beaten
6 ounces Tomato Sauce

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients except the Cheddar Cheese in a bowl large enough to mix the ingredients together, approximately a 4 quart size. Use a spoon to mix with so the heat from your hands will not warm the mixture. It is easier to work with if it is as cool as possible.
  • Line a drip pan with foil and use a rack over the pan so the drippings can drip through.
  • Place half of the mixture on the rack and shape into a rectangle. Press on the edges to form a ridge all the way around, similar to making a pie crust.
  • When the base is formed, evenly spread the shredded cheese over the flat part of the base.
  • Place the remaining meatloaf mixture in flattened sections over the cheese. Use your hands to spread the mixture to a thin layer, covering the whole base.
  • Press all the way around to seal the cheese inside the meatloaf so that it doesn’t come out while the meatloaf is cooking.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for one and a half hours.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Servings: 8

Cooking Tips

If you want this to be an Italian Meat Loaf, add some Italian seasoning to the mixture and substitute Mozzarella Cheese instead of Cheddar Cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories   395.94
Calories From Fat (51%)   201.59
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22.08g   34%
Saturated Fat 9.09g   45%
Cholesterol 177.26mg   59%
Sodium 401.96mg   17%
Potassium 726.61mg   21%
Carbohydrates 6.92g   2%
Dietary Fiber 1.07g   4%
Sugar 2.38g
Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 5.85g
Protein 40.40g   81%
MyPoints 9.5

The video shows you step by step how to make the meatloaf.

Cool and Creamy Homemade Potato Salad Recipe

Who doesn’t love potato salad? This is a cool and creamy homemade potato salad recipe  that has been in my family for decades. It is a mandatory part of family get togethers. It really is best if you make this in advance. The day before is best, but if that’s not possible, at least 5 hours before serving will do. This is a Southern recipe that we are proud of.

Serving Size  : 8

Ingredients


8 Potatoes, Cubed and Cooked
4 Eggs, Boiled and Peeled
1/2 Cup Onion, Minced
1/3 Cup Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
1/3 Cup Celery, Chopped
1/2 Cup Dill Pickles, Chopped
1 1/2  Cups Mayonnaise
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
3 Tbs Mustard, Yellow Prepared
2 Tbs Liquid from Pickles
1 Tbs Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt
1 Tbs Paprika
Salt and Pepper To Taste

1. Mix the potatoes, onion, bell pepper, celery, dill pickles and eggs
together in a serving bowl or refrigerator storage container.

2. Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard and spices together.

3. Combine mayonnaise mixture with the vegetables and stir to thoroughly blend.

4. This is best made at least 5 hours in advance of serving.

5. Lightly dust with additional Paprika to garnish.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
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Calories: 384
Calories From Fat: 184
Total Fat: 20.8g
Cholesterol: 140.9mg
Sodium: 687.5mg
Potassium: 992.3mg
Carbohydrates: 43.7g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 4.5g
Protein: 8.2g

My Points:8.82

No picnic would be complete without this. Just be sure to keep this under refrigeration and chilled, especially if it is an outdoor picnic.