Saturday, January 18, 2014

Home Sweet Home Meatloaf

     The cold weather has had me craving meat and potatoes and what could be easier than a one pot meatloaf dinner cooked in your dutch oven?  This fairly simple, no-nonsense recipe from Hunt's makes a very tender and juicy meatloaf that everyone will like.  In my 10 inch deep dutch oven, the meatloaf baked for 55 minutes with 10 coals in a ring around the bottom and 22 on top.  In spite of it being a blustery day, I left it undisturbed and when I went to take it off the coals, it was perfectly done.  Scatter potatoes, carrots, onions or whatever root vegetables you like around the meatloaf to make the meal complete.

Home Sweet Home Meatloaf
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 Tblsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 lb ground beef (90% lean)
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with celery, onions and pepper, well drained
1 cup dry unseasoned bread crumbs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Unpeeled tiny potatoes and sliced carrots, if desired.

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     In small bowl, mix tomato sauce and brown sugar; set aside.
     In medium bowl, combine beef, drained tomatoes, bread crumbs and eggs.
     Shape mixture into a loaf in prepared dutch oven.
     Spoon tomato sauce mixture over meatloaf.
     Surround with potatoes and carrots if desired.
     Bake at 400 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until meatloaf is cooked through (160 degrees F).
     Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
     Makes 4-6 servings.

Spoon sweetened tomato sauce over loaf then
surround with vegetables

Bake at 400 degrees for 50-55 minutes

A mild, juicy meatloaf complete with tender spuds and carrots


  1. umm looks good - I will put this on my list to try next time we go camping - I don't use my dutch oven at home normally but if I don't go camping much this summer I might start to use it when the weather gets hot and I don't want the oven on.

  2. Man, that looks both easy and tasty. I got lots of "root vegetables" that I'd happily throw in there to bake away. On my list for making next week.

  3. Hope you like the recipe! Liddy

  4. Jennifer made this the other day. It was really easy, and everyone wanted seconds. Perfect! Root vegetables used: beets, parsnips (yum!), taters, carrots and turnips.

    1. Those veggies sound great C.W., glad to hear your dinner turned out so well, Liddy

  5. Made this recipe for my brother, who is a self described meatloaf aficionado. He was also new to dutch oven cooking, and was surprised by the result which he rated quite highly (considering he is soooo critical!) To my surprise he ordered a 10" Lodge dutch oven to take to London. Hmmmm... I wish him luck- pip!pip!
    Thanks again, Liddy, for a solid winner!

  6. Glad the meatloaf was a success Frenchy, hope your brother enjoys his new oven, Liddy

  7. Do you cook with the lid on or off?

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