Comfort Food and a Teenager

This weekend we are tasked with the duties of shuffling one of our teenage grand-daughters to her 3 part-time jobs.  When we were getting the schedule set out she requested a certain menu for Saturday dinner.  She told her Mom that she would need comfort food and “Nan makes great comfort food”.

What is comfort food you ask; well for her it is my meat loaf and slow cooker hash brown casserole.  Much to her chagrin a salad also appeared on the table to balance out the meal.  A small amount of salad found its way on to her plate and was dutifully consumed.

Once the meal was finished I announced that I cooked and she and the ‘old guy’ were on clean up duty; a small price to pay for a special request.

Below I have included the recipe from the Mary Moore cookbook, for the Hot or Cold Meat Loaf.  I prefer it cold, sliced thin, served with mustard as a sandwich. Due to the cost of sausage meat I usually reverse the quantities for the sausage meat and ground beef.

Interesting enough this week my daughter-in-law asked for this recipe as my son had been telling her about how much he loved the cold version for sandwiches.

I hope in the distant future my family will still talk about my meat loaf and comfort food.


2 lb sausage meat
1 lb ground beef
1 cup onion chopped
4 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
3/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1 egg
In a large bowl combine all meat loaf ingredients thoroughly.  Pack meat mixture into a standard loaf pan and bake 350 deg 1 3/4 to 2 hours.
Note:   Place loaf pan on foil or cookie sheet to prevent fat from spilling into your oven.
             Check meat loaf after 1 hours to see if the surface is as brown as you would like it, cover loosely with a sheet of foil for the remaining bake time.
              Pour off accumulated fat once or twice during baking and when loaf is finished.
When cooked carefully turn over and out on serving platter to cut hot at the table, or onto a large plate to cool thoroughly before wrapping and storing in the refrigerator for a cold supper or hearty sandwiches.

One thought on “Comfort Food and a Teenager

  1. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Lillie. Meat loaf is indeed comfort food and I can see why your variation would be a family favourite. The hash brown casserole sounds good too. Perhaps you could share that recipe.

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