Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Homestyle Meatloaf and Creamy Ranch Broccoli

Did you ever wonder where Meatloaf began?
Well, Meatloaf has European origins and has been 
around since the 5th century. It's even mentioned 
in a famousRoman cookery collection "Apicius."

Today, there are as many different meatloaf
recipes as there are families.

Here is mine......

Homestyle Meatloaf

(printable copy)

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped or grated
1 cup bread crumbs or cracker crumbs
2 eggs
7 1/2 ounces beef broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper


3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Mix all the meatloaf ingredients together and pack 
into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with a non stick 

Bake at 325 for 1 1/4 hours.

Remove from oven, turn out of pan onto a cookie 
sheet lined with foil sprayed with a non stick spray.

Mix topping ingredients together and brush over the 
meatloaf and return to the oven for 30 minutes longer.

Even if you don't try my meatloaf you need to try my 
topping.  After using this one, you will never go back 
to plain ketchup again!

One thing I like about this recipe is that a little over halfway
through the cooking you turn the meatloaf out on a foil
lined and sprayed cookie sheet. You then add the 
topping and continue cooking and additional 30 minutes.

I like this for a few's easier to cut, the 
topping doesn't get stuck to the sides of the loaf pan 
and the topping gets done perfectly without drying or 
burning up.

Creamy Ranch Broccoli

*I normally double the recipe to fit a 9x13 pan.

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
3/4 cup milk
1 (1 oz) packet ranch dressing mix
1 lb. fresh broccoli, cooked and drained
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place cream cheese, milk, and ranch dressing mix in a 
food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Place broccoli in a 9 inch baking dish, add cream cheese 
mixture and stir.

Top with cheddar cheese and bake for 25 minutes or until 
cheese has melted.

The first time I made Creamy Ranch Broccoli I was hooked. It's creamy, cheesy, ranchy.......what's not to love?

ahhhhh.....Pure comfort food.


  1. Love the history on meatloaf - I always like info about things. Also the tip about turning the meatloaf out about halfway and adding the topping is a great idea. The broccoli looks very tasty. I'll make sure Dennis gets these on his list!

  2. Just discovered your site via your comment on "Plain Chicken" - you cook what we eat so, I'll be back regularly.

  3. Girlfriend you have been cooking up a storm! I'm so loving all of these recipes. Love ya much!!!


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