Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Vintage 50's Meatloaf Recipe

Do you like meatloaf?
Today I want to share a recipe with you from one of my favorite cookbooks.
This is a Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. It is missing the copyright page, but from researching on the web, I believe it to be 1950's. It has some pretty fun artwork, and fabulous content.
I have had this cookbook for several years now. I found it one day at a local Goodwill store. I just adore it.

Inside there is a penciled star from a previous owner on a recipe that I figure, must have been a favorite. What I want to share today is the 

Everyday Meat Loaf

2/3 c. dry bread crumbs
1 c. milk
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 beaten eggs
1/4 c. grated onion
1 t. salt
1/2 t. sage
dash of pepper

Oven  350*
Soak breadcrumbs in milk: add meat, eggs, onion, and seasonings; mix well. Form in individual loaves; place in greased muffin pans. Cover with Piquant Sauce* (page 348).
Bake in moderate oven (350*) 45 minutes. Makes 8 servings. Or form one loaf in 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2-inch pan. Spread with sauce; bake 1 hour.

*Piquant Sauce
Combine 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup catsup, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon dry mustard.
I took some personal liberties, and used packaged and seasoned bread crumbs, I also substituted a canned salsa, for the topping. Other than that, I did try to keep the making of this original.

It was a very simple meatloaf to make. The end result baked rather nicely and was firm and held together to slice.

My family and I enjoyed it for dinner, but it was just a little bland for my taste. But a very good base recipe to start a meat loaf on. And if only a few ingredients on hand, this makes a simple meatloaf to prepare.

Overall, I had fun preparing this and my family did enjoy eating it!

So, maybe you will enjoy making this 1950's style meat loaf, too.
I hope you are blessed by this post, and feel free to leave a comment! Have a great week!

Little Susie Home Maker

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  1. Hi Susie,

    This recipe is very similiar to the one I prepare. My family loves it! My husband doesn't like to much flavor LOL...hehe Thanks for sharing.
    Amy Jo

  2. Hi Susy! Thanks for the sweet comments over at my blog. I LOVE tht you have the 1953 Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Did you see my post about it (is that maybe how you found me? :) ). If you didnt catch it, here's the link:

    Pretty sure you have the same one which would make it 1953. and this meatloaf looks fabulous, Ill have to use the recipe from the book, too! Blessings. :)

  3. The vintage cookbook, LOVE. Yum, the meatloaf, I love the star next too it. It looks delicious. I think my mom still has that cookbook, I am going to have to ask her about it.
    blessings to you.

  4. Looks like the one Mom would make when I was a kid!
    Deb :)

  5. I just love meatloaf...I think I need to make this soon!

  6. I love meat loaf too!! and I love an easy receipe :)
    When I taught Home Ec at our Christian school a few years ago, the lesson plans called for a Betty Crocker Cookbook (not sure what year)! :) Guess it is the tried-and-true best for home cooking.

  7. First, I want to say that you are quite fortunate to have that vintage cookbook - what a treasure! :)

    At any rate, thank you for sharing your meatloaf recipe. I am not a meatloaf fan (I have not made a meatloaf for dinner here). It sounds similar to a basil burger recipe that I do make, minus the milk, plus a few other ingredients.

    Next time, try using homemade breadcrumbs. I notice that they taste better in recipes that call for them than the store brand. :)

  8. Oh this looks so yummy that I will defenitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Many blessings.

  9. That is the cookbook that I learned to cook from! It was the only one that my mom owned and she hardly ever used it but I made so many things from it!


  10. I didn't like meatloaf until I became an adult and now I enjoy it...I think it must be the vintage feel of it!


  11. What a good RED for Rednesday! :)
    I'm going to look for this cookbook. I've decided to start collecting vintage ones. As if I need another collection!
    I hope Bear got a little taste of that meatloaf!! HeeHee! Erica

  12. I have several vintage cookbooks of my mothers. She was an excellent cook and probably used some of these same recipes.

  13. Hi Susie! I thought I'd pop by and say thank you for your lovely comment over on my blog! It's so wonderful to discover yours! Wow, the meat loaf looks great. I think I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you! Tania♥

  14. Hi Susie, OMG this recipe is identical to the meatloaf recipe my MIL gave me when we were first married. It has been a favorite of my hubbys for years. I bet she got it out of that cookbook. I have another one that a neighbor gave me of a Sweet and Sour Meatloaf that we really like also. I usally take turns making them when I'm craving meatloaf. You don't have to have a collection to link up sweetie. You should link this vintage recipe!

  15. I love the old cookbook! I always head straight for the cookbooks when I go to the thrift store! I've bought some of my favorite cookbooks there. We LOVE meatloaf and make it very similar to this recipe...with a twist...we grill our meatloaf now! OH MY! It's SO good grilled!

  16. I love recipes from old cook books, this one looks good, but I will spice it up. I was reading an old recipe and it said "Heat up your lard before adding you bacon" LOL


  17. I love meatloaf but I haven't made it in a while. This one is very similar to mine. thank you for visiting and have a great day.

  18. Susie, just hopping back to let you know that I am featuring your meatloaf today.

  19. Yay!! Congrats on your feature! Your meatloaf looks so moist and delish! I made some recently, too. Ya just gotta love the old fashioned recipes. Speaking of which... I love your copy of the BH Cookbook. I keep looking for one at flea markets and such but I haven't found one with quite the right "patina" yet. (for lack of a better way to put it) I want one that's been lovingly used, but not falling apart. LOL XOXO Mary

  20. oops I think that got away from me, I was saying i already posted here at this one, then apparently hit a wrong key and away it went. Have a great weekend Susie! Hugs

  21. Hi Susie! Just popped in for a look around and saw your old time recipe for meatloaf. I think I will give it a try since I'm pretty tired of the usual ones I make. I believe I have this cookbook too from my early cooking days. I will have to see if it's the same one. Thanks for sharing!

  22. I was so glad to find this recipe! It is the very first recipe I made as a teenager for our family and got rave reviews from them. I never did write it down and after getting married just made it from memory changing here and there but never quite as good as this recipe. The cookbook is long gone so indeed you were lucky to find this treasure!

  23. The piquant sauce recipe on this page is what makes this meatloaf special. Without it, it is just a chunk of meat. My mom used this same cookbook when I was a kid, and when I got married, she gave it to my wife. When my mom made meatloaf, she just put ketchup on top. Which was okay, but little did I know! The first time my wife made this meatloaf, I flipped! The sauce is so special. It looks like it is just ketchup, and doesn't have many ingredients, but it is the perfect topping for this meatloaf. And makes this recipe one of my favorites!

  24. I'm a lover of Vintage too, and look for vintage recipes. Time test and family pleasers. I like you blog, and I'll be back again to visit.

  25. My Mother bought the Better Homes Cookbook for me when I was first married. This meatloaf was on my table several times a month. My 3 girls and husband especially liked the Piquant Sauce… can't make it without that sauce. Lots of fond memories. I am 1 of 8 children and the oldest girl. My Mother never used a recipe… pinch of this a handful of that, but in Homemaking Class I learned to measure everything in perfect measurements.
    Love your page!

  26. I have a BHAG cook book. It was given to me almost 20 years ago. It is my go to cook book. I believe every young lady should have one. It's what I will be buying for my own girls when they choose to marry.

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