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Very Old Meatloaf Recipe
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Very Old Meatloaf Recipe

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"At present time (2012), this is a 207-year-old meatloaf recipe, that has been handed down through our family since my great-great-grandmother back in 1807. It may be older than this, but that's as far back as I can trace it. Originally it was made using deer meat, but I prefer using beef as did my Mother. Enjoy."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 50 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix ground beef with water and milk in a large bowl using your hands until beef is evenly moistened.
  3. Mix bread crumbs, onion, carrot, apple, and egg into the beef mixture until evenly integrated.
  4. Form the beef mixture into a loaf.
  5. Transfer the meatloaf to a deep baking dish; tent with a sheet of aluminum foil.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour; remove foil tent and bake until no longer pink the center, about 30 minutes more.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 26, 2012

I used to make this from an old cookbook years ago and lost the cookbook after several moves across the country. Really happy to find it here on Allrecipes. Thanks, Jason. It is, indeed, a wonderful meatloaf...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 10, 2012

very dry and very bland

Jun 20, 2012

I made your recipe last weekend and it was awesome. I'm not sure how fine the onions, carrots and apple were suppose to be but I shredded mine in my food processor so they were still quite visible in the meatloaf. It stayed together well and had a great taste. Thanks for your recipe and this will be my go-to one for sure.

Apr 23, 2012

Tried this and Grandma was on to something with the apple! Has a different spin than the same old meatloaf. I know some Gaydos'es..

Jul 02, 2012

Wow. I really wasn't expecting much from this recipe, but it was amazing! I've been looking for a low sugar meatloaf recipe (surprisingly hard to find) and now I have to look no further! Due to my husband's diet restrictions, I substituted turkey for beef and used gluten free bread crumbs. Next time I think I'll double the recipe for more leftovers. Oh and bonus- my 17 month old ate his entire serving. I could see a little bit of sage being a really good addition. Thank you Jason!

Jan 22, 2013

This is very similar to my grandma's meatloaf from about the early 1900's. I imagine it was made with kitchen staples at the time, so they had very little seasoning options. The difference in my recipe is that I make it with either bread crumbs or butter crackers, or a combo of them, salt, pepper, garlic & Worcestershire. Everything else is the same. Nothing fancy, basic comfort food from grandma. I've tried other recipes but always come back to this.

Oct 22, 2012

I made this meatloaf last night and it was a huge hit! Tonight I sliced up the leftovers and fried them in a bit of butter. Yum! The two minor changes I made was that I finely grated the onion, carrot and apple, so my kids wouldn't pick them out, and I used a pink lady apple instead of a granny smith (what I had on hand). Will definitely be making this one again!!

Apr 22, 2013

Even though Italian style bread crumbs were all I had, this recipe would benefit from the addition of some salt and pepper. It has a nice texture, and I like the nutritional benefit of using a carrot and an apple. Except for the crumbs, I followed the recipe and the method exactly. I think it would also benefit from some kind of topping, or sauce. Unfortunately, there aren't enough drippings to make a sauce, so I will have to wing it. I don't prepare meatloaf very often, so I will probably go back to the way my mom taught me.


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  • Calories
  • 289 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 94 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 15.1 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 1.6 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 22.2 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 181 mg
  • 7%

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

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