Any Day with Meatloaf is a Good Day

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Updated recipe with better pictures.


Libbie is learning that cow = meat.

We had a very good time learning how to make meatloaf the other night. I’m sure within months she’ll be able to do it for me while I put my feet up and read a magazine.


First, whisk together 1 egg, 1-2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 cup tomato sauce. Then add 1 lb. lean ground beef and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix it together real good with your hands. Stir (or continue hand-mixing) in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of quick-cooking oats. Then plop it onto a big rectangle of aluminum foil. Note: take off your wedding rings so they don’t get gross, but don’t forget to put them back on!

Spread the meat mixture out into a big rectangle. Sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese over the rectangle, leaving a 1 inch margin around the edge.


Using the foil to help it along, roll up your meat length-wise into a jelly roll shape. Seal up the ends, and then use the foil to plop it into a loaf pan.


Cook for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Then pour another 1/2 cup tomato sauce over the top, and cook another 15 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle another 1/2 cup of cheese over the top, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest 10 minutes. Slice up for a delicious dinner! I served it here with “potato puree” (AKA leftover potato-cheese soup made into mashed potatoes but it was still really runny) and frozen veggies.


Enjoy! Sorry for my pathetic food pictures, but … it makes the post a little more interesting, right? Or at least gives you something to laugh at.

Cheesy Meatloaf

1 egg
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
8 oz. tomato sauce, divided
1 lb. ground beef
1 to 1.5 cups rolled oats
1.5 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Whisk together egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and 1/2 cup tomato sauce. Mix in ground beef, then oats. Press into a large rectangle on a piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Transfer to a greased loaf pan.

Bake 50 minutes at 350F. Remove from oven, pour over remaining tomato sauce. Bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover loosely with foil tent and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

You might also like Meatloaf Muffins, Two Ways.

6 thoughts on “Any Day with Meatloaf is a Good Day

  1. Thanks for the recipe. Looks good. I don't eat meat, but my husband does & i still cook with it for him. Will have to try this. Although i have no foil. Probably parchment will work & then cook in a glass pan.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hmm, never thought to flatten it and fill with cheese. I have an old standby meatloaf recipe that we love…I may have to try that cheese technique with it!

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