Recipe: Meatloaf à la Pap

I have been working a bit on the Contorchick/McCombie family tree. Every time I open the tree and see Pap’s picture, sitting on his porch with the paper, I IMMEDIATELY call to mind the memory of his making meatloaf for me on one of the few visits I had with him. I was not used to the men of the family cooking. And I was certainly not used to seeing someone make a meatloaf wrapped in cornflakes.

Today I thought I would give it a go, to see if I could make the taste associated with the fond memory.

The recipe is very simple:

  • Two pounds ground beef
  • One onion diced
  • Cornflakes
  • One egg
  • Seasoning to taste

In a mixing bowl, knead together the hamburger, onion and egg. Throw in two handfuls of crushed up cornflakes.  Season for taste.

When blended well, put into baking dish and square it out.  Try to get it to no more than two inches high (I was a little thicker than that and it took me longer than expected to thoroughly cook through). Pour half cup of water around the loaf. Apply cornflakes to top and sides.

Bake 50 minutes at 350.

I made queso mac and cheese as my side dish. Comfort food all the way round.

I loved it.

Mission accomplished.

Next time I will season the loaf just prior to applying final cornflakes.  I will use a tad more salt. I may also experiment with a tomato paste base in the bottom of the pan (not on or on top of the loaf) so Husband can have the taste of it.

One comment

  1. Meatloaf is such a comfort to many of us. My mom had a special way of making hers that I like to use. She put bacon strips on top as it was baking and those juices would get in that meatloaf and make it so yummy! I don’t know what else she did, or what her recipe was, I remember there was Ketchup instead of tomato sauce or paste. Always served with Mashed potatoes and gravy. Brings me back! Thanks for sharing, I think I will try your pap’s recipe!

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