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    Kid Friendly Meatloaf

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    1 hrs 30 mins

    15 mins

    1 hrs 15 mins

    Jackie Babs's Note:

    As a kid, I loved my Grandma's meatloaf but quickly learned that not all meatloaf is created the same - others were dry, musty smelling, or had large pieces of things I didn't like (onions or peppers for instance). I started with my Grandma's recipe and tweaked it with my kids giving reviews. I learned that musty smell was from too much sage so be careful with that. The real secrets here though are the shape and size - cake shaped rather than loaf shaped allows the center to cook without overcooking or drying the outer area; and, mincing the onions so they are not so visible after cooking (a good trick for all recipes when dealing with kids). Feel free to add your own spicing touches - so long as you keep the shape and the ketchup glaze this recipe is guaranteed to stay moist and never need a sauce!

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 Set aside 2/3 cup of the ketchup Place remaining ingredients in large mixing bowl, adding the milk last, and mix/knead with hands until mixture appears uniform.
    2. 2
      Do NOT use a loafpan or shape into bread loaf.
    3. 3
      Place meatloaf in an ungreased 9 x 9in.
    4. 4
      square cake pan and shape into 8 x 8in.
    5. 5
      square (you should have 1in. between meat and pan on all sides).
    6. 6
      Spread remaining 2/3 cup ketchup over top of meatloaf.
    7. 7
      Bake UNCOVERED for 65-75 mins.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 03, 2009


      I was looking for something different to feed the kids. I figured meatballs would go over better than meatloaf so made meatballs decreasing the milk by 1/2 cup and used worchesterchire in place of the A-1. I served them with green beans , wild rice and a little ketchup on the side and they loved them. Thanks :)

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    • on July 28, 2014


      This was super delicious, very moist and flavorful yet still very kid friendly. My two little ones, 1 and 3, even approved and they are extremely picky. Even my meatloaf "connoisseur" husband liked this one. Will be making it again. Thanks!

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    • on April 22, 2009


      I don't have kiddos yet, but I do have one picky DH - and he DID love this recipe! I left out the steak sauce, but otherwise followed exactly. This was so yummy! We had ours with instant mashed potatoes for a quick, yummy, and filling dinner. Thanks for a keeper!

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    Nutritional Facts for Kid Friendly Meatloaf

    Serving Size: 1 (175 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 300.7
    Calories from Fat 142
    Total Fat 15.7 g
    Saturated Fat 6.1 g
    Cholesterol 85.3 mg
    Sodium 851.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    Sugars 7.5 g
    Protein 19.5 g

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    A.1. Original Sauce

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