Meatloaf And Veggies One Pan Meal

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Many folks have their favorite comfort food meatloaf recipe.  Try mine and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:

For the meatloaf

  • 1.5 pounds of Hamburger (80/20 is best; leaner is not as tasty)
  • 2 cups Italian Breadcrumbs (Progresso is best; but use Italian seasoned)
  • 1.5 cups Romano Cheese, grated
  • 1 large onion coarsely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ cup milk

For the surrounding vegetables

  • 3 large potatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion sliced and separated into strips
  • (optional) 1 green bell pepper in strips (seeds removed)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a 9×13 baking pan, mix all meatloaf ingredients together by hand, careful not to work the meat too much (a mixer will make the meat too tough, as will working the meat too much)
  • Shape like a loaf
  • In a bowl, toss the potatoes, onions, and optional green pepper lightly in olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  • Surround the meatloaf with the vegetable mixture
  • Bake until brown, about 45 min to 1 hour (check at 45 min and maybe give the veggies a stir)

Stuffed Meatloaf for an Interesting Variation:

  • With the meatloaf mixture in the baking pan
  • Press the meat mixture to cover the entire bottom of the 9×13 pan
  • Take a knife and slice longways down the mixture, creating two sections
  • Cover one section with ham slices and swiss cheese (option: omit ham; try mozzarella or muenster cheese)
  • Using a spatula, carefully lift the unlayered section and place on top of the layered section
  • Push to the center of the pan and shape into a loaf
  • Seal the edges all around by pinching sides of meat top and bottom sections together with your fingers
  • Surround with veggies as in above recipe and bake as instructed
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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!