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Meatloaf For A Crowd

Written by Patti on June 10th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Oh, you know how we are here in the south. We have to make sure everyone is fed. And fed well.

One night not so long ago, we had our dear friend, Johnny P. over for supper. I made meatloaf. To feed about 20. You never know how hungry men will be. Or who might stop by.

Johnny P. says, "You made HOW MUCH meatloaf???" lol

Now, Eric says this is not exactly the time anyone would want to hear about meatloaf. It’s summertime and it is so hot outside. But my thought is, put it all together and fix yourself a cocktail until it’s done. And put together a nice green salad to go with.

You will need all this stuff.

We have a funny way of making meatloaf at our house. For one, I do not use breadcrumbs. I use oatmeal. When I was a child, the mother of my best friend Parri (our names together spell Parti!), used oatmeal and I thought it was a revelation. I have used oatmeal ever since.

Eric says this one is a winner!

Secondly, instead of cooking green beans on the stove, we use canned green beans and just pour the whole can (liquid and all) over the molded meatloaf. It cooks with the meat, flavors the green beans and keeps the meatloaf super moist. That was Eric’s idea. I think it works pretty darn great.

Looks a little weird, but I promise, it is SO tasty!

Recipe? Why, sure! Here you go.

Meatloaf For One Million (ok, maybe just 20)

4 lbs of Ground Beef
2 Eggs, cracked and mixed
4 oz Mushrooms, chopped
1 Medium Onion, minced
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Ground Pepper
1 Cup Oatmeal
2 – 14.5 oz Cans of Green Beans

Set oven to 375F
Mix all ingredients except the green beans
Divide into two loaf pans or casserole dishes
Pour one can of green beans each over each loaf pan

Bake for approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes. Or until the internal temperature of the meat registers 135F.

Serve with mashed potatoes, green salad and maybe some nice brownies for dessert.

Enjoy a legion of meatloaf sandwiches for the rest of the week!

We poured you a glass, join us? We have PLENTY!

Might be a great way to surprise Dad for Father’s Day?

And, if you just do not want to cook for a crowd, you can always halve the recipe. Don’t blame me if the friends and neighbors smell this cooking and come knocking on your door.

Blame Eric. It’s his recipe.

xoxo, Patti

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Melanie says:

    Nessa would pass right out….she loves meatloaf, crazy about it! Sister torture time!

  2. Patti says:

    Melanie – You all are always welcome here!! xxoo, P

  3. Clint says:

    Now THAT looks awesome. I love a good meatloaf!

  4. Patti says:

    Clint! I will always cook you a meatloaf, Honey! xoxo