Harley-Davidson Cafe Homestyle Meatloaf

"This comes from the Harley-Davidson Cafe in New York, which apparently is no longer in business. However, the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson Cafe may still serve it. The portions in the recipe would have to be adjusted unless you are freezing some or serving for a good size dinner party."
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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Cook bacon in frying pan, remove, drain and chop.
  • Leave drippings in pan and saute (but do not brown) onion and celery.
  • Add pepper, onion powder, thyme, salt, mustard, paprika and garlic powder.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and add tomato juice and evaporated milk.
  • Mix bread crumbs with eggs and add to meat.
  • Add spice mixture and bacon to meat mixture and mix gently.
  • Place mixture in two or three 8 x 4 inch individual loaf pans.
  • Cook until done, about 40 to 50 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

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  1. HELEN W.
    Sorry .. I may have done something wrong but I believe I made it just as it is here but the thyme was just too overpowering for us. Good texture but i wonder if that should have been teasons and not tablespoons. I will try that next time.
  2. mickeydownunder
    I halved recipe, fiddled with a it a bit, TRUE! Came out moist, delicious too, Wasn't big fan of meatloaf before, Now hubby asks can he have more? Thanks for sharing this...sad cafe's closed as well? Perhaps a reincarnated one will open? Only time will tell!
  3. bullwinkle
    I think this was the bigest meatlosf mixture I have ever made. (LOL). Just had a little trouble getting it well blended otherwise it was a good meatloaf. It made a good meatloaf sandwich the next day. I served this with recipe #26462 Bob's seasoned scalloped potatoes. Thanks Martini Guy.
  4. Sue4677
    I have been making the same meatloaf for years ... my family loves it. However, my son got married this summer to a lovely young lady that is allergic to dairy products ... and my meatloaf has lots of cheese in it. Scratch that! I tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious. None of us missed the cheese! I have never used breadcrumbs before ... always oatmeal. However, I loved the texture as well as the taste. It melts in your mouth!


I am a retired Judge/Attorney and I divide my time between the Portland,Oregon area and a second home on the Oregon coast. <br>My father was professionally trained as a cook/chef, before going on to another career, and taught me to cook at age 6. Cooking is one of my main interests in retirement and I recently recieved some training as a Sous Chef at a cooking school. <br>Once a month I help cook/prepare an oyster and fish dinner, for a public service club on the Oregon coast, serving between 200 and 300 diners.
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