The recipe for meatloaf was first mentioned in a Roman cookery collection known as Apicius back in the fifth century. The recipe was brought to America by Germans who migrated to Pennsylvania during colonial times. The traditional take on American meatloaf began appearing in text during the nineteenth century.
With innumerable variations on this classic comfort food recipe, meatloaf has always been and still remains a quintessential meal that reminds one of Sunday dinners with the family. Having tried one recipe after the other, my personal favorite meatloaf recipe is that of the Individual Italian Meatloaves that was published in the 1969 cookbook entitled Better Homes and Gardens Ground Meat Cook Book (ISBN: 696-00480-1.)
The recipe is as follows:
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 cup of milk
- 3/4 cup of coarsely crushed saltine crackers (approximately 17 crackers)
- 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil leaves
- 1-1/2 pounds of ground beef
- 3 tablespoons of catsup
- Combine the first eight ingredients and a dash of pepper.
- Add the beef to this mixture and mix well.
- Shape into six individual loaves.
- Place in a shallow baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Spread the catsup evenly over the tops of each of the loaves.
- Sprinkle each with a little extra Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
This recipe is out of this world! Located on page 8 of the Better Homes and Gardens Ground Meat Cook Book, this recipe has been a staple in my family's meals since it was first published in the year 1969. These are fairly inexpensive to make and easily serves a large crowd. Tip: If you wish to have one large meatloaf as opposed to the individual ones you can simply bake the one loaf for approximately one hour and thirty minutes instead. This is one of my all-time favorite comfort food recipes and one that I intend to continue making until the end of time.
Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations:
Whole Foods Market
1330 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
1020 41st Street
Baltimore, MD 21211