Daddy’s Meatloaf

3.76 avg. rating (75% score) - 17 votes

Daddy's Meatloaf

This is how my daddy made it. Everyone who has eaten it just loves it. I love it because it reminds me of him.

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound sausage (hot or mild)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 sleeves saltines
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, plain or with herbs of choice
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • ketchup

Instructions

With hands, mix beef, sausage, onion, bell pepper, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and eggs in large bowl. Add saltines until stiff enough to form loaf. Bake 60-90 minutes at 350 degrees until no longer pink in middle (170 degrees).

Spread ketchup on top during last 10-15 minutes.
Comments
  • Anonymous

    1 pound sausage (hot or mild) — pork isn’t for everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Three pounds of meat make it heavy; my husband and I DID NOT like it.

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  • Anonymous

    My mom, 92 and mother-in-law, 94, use this same recipe for years, so do I. I

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  • Anonymous

    Best meatloaf since Mom’s. My wife made it for Father’s Day and it did’nt last in our household of six. We will definitely add this recipe to the cookbook.

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  • Anonymous

    This Meatloaf is very gGood….Not Heavy …. I will be making this one again and again!!! Also the leftover made great sandwiches.

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  • Anonymous

    Instead of pork sausage, I substituted one pound of ground chicken and added a hint of brown sugar and smoked Spanish paprika to the sauce. Very nice, basic meatloaf recipe, and the ground chicken lightened it up a bit.

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  • Anonymous

    Great meatloaf! For those that don’t like pork, you could try turkey sausage.

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  • Anonymous

    My family loved it!! Also made it using mustard on top instead of ketchup and is was a nice alternative to a great meatloaf! Definitely a crowd pleaser either way!

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  • Anonymous

    Followed the recipe except made it a little drier so I could make it out into “hamburger patties” which we grilled for a family get together. Everyone loved them since not as messy as regular burgers with mustard, ketchup etc. Needless to say there were no leftovers!

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  • Anonymous

    I think this was from an old TV commercial, as another use for the crackers, it was a quick substitution for the original (and more healthy) OATMEAL. The egg holds it all together. If you use pork, make sure it is nice and pink, and not that icky white variation. The spices and fats traditionally added to commercial pork sausages, (especially breakfast sausages) tends to upset stomachs.

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  • Anonymous

    HUGE meatloaf! My family and I ate it for three days! Seemed to taste even better each day until it was gone. Will definitely make it often. Price per serving makes it fit into any budget nicely!

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  • Edward

    I’ve made this basic recipe many times with lots of variations. Portuguese sweet or hot sausage works well as does veal if you like it a little plainer or have your own spice combos.

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