What I’m Cooking: Company Meat Loaf

Years and years ago I was at the grocery store check out and saw this magazine, Taste of Home Ground Beef Recipe Collection.  I don’t know what year it was.  The cover of the magazine has long since worn off.  I would guess the late 90’s.


At the time they were still milking cows at the farm where my husband, Kramer, worked.  They would have cows that would injure themselves and sadly would have to be put down.  If the meat was usable, the cow would be taken to the local locker and processed into ground beef.  Because of that, we given a lot of ground beef, often for free or only for the cost of processing.

With five hungry kids at home and a large grocery bill, ground beef became the mainstay at our house.  Ground beef is very versatile but at some point, most everyone got tired of the ground beef dishes I was making.  At seeing this magazine, I immediately grabbed it and had the cashier ring it up.

The magazine was a Godsend.  I am totally serious.  I tried recipe after recipe after recipe in this magazine.  I don’t think I have ever used a recipe book more with such success.

Well, last Monday Kelli was going to be home.  She suggested us playing cards.  Now that Kramer isn’t here to play, we often don’t have enough to play but Kelli and I called Craig and Karl and asked them to play.  That meant I had to make supper for them and the 3 grandkids that came along.

I ended up wanting to make something that I hadn’t made in a while. Company Meat Loaf came to mind…

It’s a recipe from the well-loved magazine.  I didn’t make it often as there are four meatloaf recipes in my arsenal.  This one is good.  It is made so that there is stuffing in the center of the loaf.  I made this one when I had bread that was getting stale.

Here is the recipe…You can tell from the picture that the recipe is well-loved.  There are stains and notations.



When I made mine, I made a double batch.  Karl loves leftovers for work so there were some for him to take.

Here is the hamburger mixture.  This is 2/3 of the mix in a casserole bowl. If you are making it, you’d use a loaf pan.  You can see I started pushing the meat mixture up the sides.


Next in goes the stuffing mixture.  It should look something like this.


Take the rest of the meat mix and flatten it out in your hands.  Lay it on top to cover the stuffing.


Here is mine all dished out on a plate along with my favorite ring noodle macaroni salad.  The recipe for the macaroni salad can be found HERE.

Everyone was excited about the change in the menu.  It’s been a bit since we’ve had meatloaf so it was a treat.  My family all loves stuffing so the recipe is a good fit for us too.

I think I’m going to keep my magazine out and try a couple of other recipes in there.  I haven’t tried them all yet!!

9 thoughts on “What I’m Cooking: Company Meat Loaf

  1. Kate

    Oh that looks and sounds good. I am usually quite confident if I make a Taste of Home recipe, it will be liked by my family. I really think I will try this recipe. Mentioning an injured cow, reminds me of my days growing up on the farm and having happened at our farm and cows being put down and dressed right on spot. We never went hungry.

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  2. Elizabeth

    Taste of home recipes are always dependable, I’ve never made one we didn’t like. When my kids were little we would get the magazine and we would all go through it picking out the ones we wanted to make!

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  3. CindyD

    We have our almost three year old grandson for dinner and sleepover. A busy day, I ended up changing meal plan and making ground turkey meatloaf. He loved it and cleaned his plate!

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  4. Christina Coats

    Hi
    You probably think we are a sad bunch here in the UK, as meatloaf is a rarity. I don’t know anyone who bakes one! So I’m going to try this recipe as I’m fed up up with spaghetti bold and cottage pie. Thanks Jo anymore recipes would be great? Love to all and stay safe.

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  5. Christina Coats

    Hi
    You probably think we are a sad bunch here in the UK, as meatloaf is a rarity. I don’t know anyone who bakes one! So I’m going to try this recipe as I’m fed up up with spaghetti bolagnese and cottage pie. Thanks Jo anymore recipes would be great? Love to all and stay safe.

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  6. Hedy

    I love meatloaf and I think each time I make it, I make it different. I do like Paula Dean’s meat loaf recipes and you might want to check them out, they are all delicious and very different too. I found them online.

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  7. Gloria Gleason

    Those magazines are great. I bought one of their cookbooks and it, too, is terrific! Thanks for all you do! Tell Kelli I’m praying for her family and the safe delivery of the babies. I’d come up there to help out if I could!! Bless you all!

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  8. Claudia Duke

    Our favorite meatloaf recipe is on the Quaker Oats box. My son does not “like” meatloaf, but if I make the same recipe into hamburger patties, he loves it. Go figure! Another favorite at our house is mixing the dry Lipton onion soup into ground meat and making hamburger patties. After I fry them for a few minutes, I take them out of the skillet and make gravy. I add a little Kitchen Bouquet to darken up the gravy. Put the patties back in and simmer about 30 minutes to get flavor from the soup into the gravy. Sometimes I add a beef bouillon cube too. Great on mashed potatoes.

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  9. Kim J LeMere

    This meatloaf recipe is quite interesting and I will be giving it a try for sure. I recall when we would butcher a cow and I would have most of it processed in hamburger since we used so much of it feeding our family. Hope you had a great time playing cards

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