When I was a little girl I remember my grandma making Sunday dinner. Beef and noodles. Fried chicken. Ham loaf. Pot roast. Pork chops. With side dishes like mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, wilted lettuce, many different salads, cinnamon rolls.
I always thought it would be nice to have Sunday dinners again. Most of the time, of course, I lived several hundred, if not over a thousand, miles away. Then I moved back to Indiana. It’s been three years and I kept thinking we should have a Sunday family dinner.
Yesterday, I finally followed through. I invited my brother and his family, a few single friends, and Rock Star and her roommate. We ended up with seven people gathering round for dinner and an eighth showing up after work.
I made two meatloaves, mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn, and a salad. All topped off with a cake. It was delicious. It was also a lot of work!
I started making the meatloaves around 10 in the morning and just kept cooking. I didn’t use instant potatoes this time. I peeled those suckers, cut them up, boiled them, and then mashed them. The green beans were fried up in bacon grease and then simmered for almost an hour.
It got super hot in the house. We were opening windows and changing into shorts and short sleeved shirts.
After dinner I was ready for a nap!
It was a good time. I’m going to start out slowly. My goal is once a month, and I’ll work my way up from there.
Here’s to Sunday dinners!
This is the meatloaf recipe I used. It’s a combination of two different recipes I’ve posted before. I really feel like this is “the one”. It combines all the best parts of each recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I’m going to toot my own horn for a minute, and I really hope I’m not overselling this recipe but my niece and both friends told me it was delicious. Queen B had second thoughts about showing up because meatloaf isn’t her favorite but she said this one was really good. She loved how moist it was and raved about the glaze. My friend Sweet J asked me to share the recipe and my other friend agreed that it was amazing.
Sam’s Amazing Meatloaf
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¾ c milk
- 3 slices of bread torn into small pieces
- 1 t salt
- ½ t pepper
- 1/2 c ketchup, divided
- 2 lbs ground beef
- ½ c onion, diced
- 1 oz pkg ranch salad dressing mix
- 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese
For the glaze:
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. mustard
- Combine your eggs, milk, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and combine gently.
- Now you have two choices. You can shape it into a loaf and bake it on a cookie sheet with a lip, or put it in a loaf pan. Or you can make a mound in your greased slow cooker.
- Combine the three ingredients for the glaze and spread over the meatloaf.
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 90 minutes. Or cook on low in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours,