Simple Meat Loaf, the update and a gadget

Are you a meat loaf lover?

Mon mari would happily eat it every day.

Some people get excited about steak or lobster…. For him it’s meat loaf.

I’m not sure which he likes best: the hot meat loaf the night I make it or the meat loaf sandwiches the next day.

I’m rather fond of a meat loaf, pickle and ketchup sandwich myself….

This one is simple – it just has chopped carrots and celery in it.

Some day, just to be different, I might try making a traditional meat loaf.

Simple Meat Loaf

Total time: 80 minutes


  • 14oz (420gr) ground beef
  • 5oz (150gr) pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) red wine or beef stock
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) tomato sauce

Simple Meat Loaf


  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic and sauté until they start to get tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove and spread the vegetables on a plate to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl lightly beat eggs.
  • Add crumbs, wine, ketchup, herbs paprika, mustard and mix well.
  • Add meat and mix.
  • Add half the vegetables and mix (because the veg are hot I add them slowly). 
  • Add the rest of the vegetables and mix very well, kneading it like bread dough.
  • Put into a baking pan large enough to hold it easily, with room all around, and shape into a loaf.
  • Cover and bake at 375F (185C) for 45 minutes.
  • Remove and pour tomato sauce over the top.
  • Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until done.
  • Remove, let rest 5 – 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

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Do you have one of these?


You should.

Many of you know that I can’t be bothered to get out the heavy equipment to chop vegetables. I have a food processor, but it always seems like more work than it’s worth to get it out. Knives are just easier and quicker.

Except when I have veggies that need to be very finely chopped.

That’s when I get this out.


It’s so simple to use…. put the big chunks of veg into the base, pound the top a few times and Voila! Finely chopped vegetables.

Yeah, I know, food processors are easy to use, too. And if I had one sitting on my counter I might use it.

But I don’t…. This is compact, easy to use, easy to clean and mon mari doesn’t complain about washing it. (He’s the dishwasher.)

The boards are all up on the ceiling and it’s down to the trim.

All of those little bits and pieces that need to be measured and cut and fitted to cover up all of the seams and gaps.


And all of the trips up and down the stairs to his workshop in the barn and all of the trips up and down the ladder to fasten them to their spot on the ceiling.


He took a break from it all today and mowed the lawn.

YAY Spring!!!!!

8 thoughts on “Simple Meat Loaf, the update and a gadget”

  1. That is an idea – I haven’t made a meat loaf for well over a year, maybe two! I don’t know why because we both like it and the left overs are always good.
    It is getting autumnal here.

  2. I love meat loaf but my children were never keen – such a pity as it is so easy and versatile !! I have a food processor on my benchtop even here in Morocco – I always always have done so and cannot live with out one !!!

  3. Ton Mari must be in great shape after all those stairs! Bravo! We like meatloaf, too, and are still seeking perfection in all the recipes we have tried.

  4. Love meatloaf but I don’t do much to snaz it up at all. I use ground beef, bulk breakfast sausage (because I like the seasoning) onion, garlic, seasoned bread crumbs, egg…no salt or pepper because the sausage is already seasoned. Mix it all up and into the oven it goes. Then ketchup just before it comes out. The leftovers only last a day what with making sammies, frying it in the morning with eggs, just eating it plain…

    The ceiling is looking grand! As to your Yay spring announcement, I can just about see the grass through the two feet of snow that has been slowly melting with the 50 degree temps for the past four days…

  5. Meatloaf was one of the first things I ever attempted in the kitchen. And thank god because if it had been anything more difficult I might have given up then and there. I have never followed a recipe and it always comes out delicious. Thanks for reminding me. It’s been a while since I’ve torn into some! 🙂

  6. Katie we love meatloaf in this household too…sandwiches are great the next day. We just cut the grass for the first time the other day too,,,,yay spring!

  7. Hmmm…to me this sounds like “traditional” meat loaf — at least it looks pretty much like my mother’s recipe, which is the one from the Betty Crocker cookbook. I think my mom uses oatmeal instead of bread crumbs. I used to make on occasionally when the girls were little and they loved it.

  8. Gill, then it must be time for you to come to France…. I should make it more often, too – I just don’t think of it.

    Kate, I just never got in the habit… no reason, I had one in the US but it didn’t get moved over (110 v 220) And now I just can’t be bothered.

    Zoomie, that’s what I keep telling him LOL. He doesn’t always appreciate it.

    nightsmusic, leftovers always go fast – I have to hide part of it or I don’t get any LOL

    TV Food, it seems we all forget the simple stuff. Happy to be of service 😉 My first thing in the kitchen was chili….

    Ina, Yay spring! I should make it just for the sandwiches.

    Betty, my mother always used cracker crumbs, which she made, and onion, but not much else. I’ve never tried oatmeal – should, it would be that much healthier. I have a Betty Crocker cook book 😉

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