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Cottage Meatloaf Recipe

Cottage Meatloaf

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x5 inch loaf Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, 1/2 cup ketchup, tomato juice, salt, pepper, red pepper, eggs, bread crumbs, onion and 2 teaspoons mustard until well mixed. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with foil. Press meat mixture into pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 teaspoon mustard and brown sugar until smooth. Spread brown sugar mixture over meatloaf.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 35 to 45 minutes, until no longer pink. Drain off fat. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 27, 2010

This is a great meatloaf recipe. In fact I still have the original card from Great American Recipes I got in the mail that it came on. If you don't want it to be mushy, use lean ground beef (90/10) and put in extra bread crumbs until you get the desired consistency. I use italian style bread crumbs. Also, for the mustard use dijon. I use 1/8 tsp. of cayenne pepper instead of crushed red pepper. You may have to cook it for 50-55 minutes depending on your oven. I also double the sauce and add more brown sugar to it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 04, 2010

This is almost too moist. It was good, not the best I've had. Maybe better the next day as a sandwich filling. Must follow reviewers suggestion on putting the dry bread under the meat before baking, I did not. I used lean beef but after cooking the oil came up and mixed with the topping which was not tastey. Maybe I did it wrong.

Jun 05, 2003

This dish was a big hit with my husband! However, I made a few suggested in a previous review, I omited the tomato juice and added worcestire instead. I used a mix of ground pork and beef, chili sauce instead of ketchup for more tang, added minced garlic and used panko (japanese breadcrumbs) instead of fresh. I doubled the sauce and replaced 2 tlbs of the brown sugar with maple syrup. It was great and not all crumbly!

Nov 06, 2003

A good friend called and asked if I had a good meatloaf recipe for her husband (he's got cancer). I don't like meatloaf myself, but this looked like the reviews were good, so I gave it a shot. It was a huge hit! I served it with red mashed potatoes, broccoli in lemon butter, and chocolate cake. People are still talking about it! Thanks for the great recipe!

Nov 10, 2005

This was my first attempt at meatloaf, and it turned out wonderful. It's also the first time I have made something that tasted better than what my mom used to make. I didn't have enough ketchup, so I used about a 1/4 cup in both the meat and the sauce and added an extra 1/4 cup of tomato juice in both to make up for it. I was worried that it would be too runny, but it wasn't. It wasn't too sweet either, and it held together really well. So good, I had seconds :)

Mar 19, 2011

#1 Meatloaf Ever! This recipe is what brought me to I originally got it over 10 years ago in their printed cards that came in a box. For children, I only use 1/2 the red pepper flakes but don't leave out completely (adults prefer full amount). I use homemade whole wheat bread crumbs (tastes same as white but healthier). I also add 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic but it's not necessary. Best with extra lean ground beef, which has less fat to drain. Tip: don't line loaf pan with foil as meat still sticks & it gives a tinny taste. I use parchment paper or better yet, an unlined, ungreased silicone loaf pan. I always make 2 & freeze 1, unbaked. Great with mashed potatoes & corn. Many thanks for the only meatloaf recipe my family will ever use!

Apr 14, 2005

This is absolutely the best! Served to over 100 people at church in 12 different loaves and was asked for the recipe over and over. There were so many people that told me they didn't even like meatloaf but were only being polite, until they ate mine! This is great!

Dec 16, 2003

This is my new meatloaf recipe. I omitted the tomato juice and used worstshire instead, I also used ground turkey. It was fantastic, I can't wait to get home to heat up the leftovers!


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  • Calories
  • 325 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 110 mg
  • 37%
  • Fat
  • 19.5 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 18.7 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 658 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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