We love to cook from vintage cookbooks, and I love the home cooked wholesomeness of a great meat loaf. It’s a filling meal and economical too. Here are two of our favorite meatloaf recipes. One from a book we picked up on Catalina Island printed in 1930; Meals Tested,Tasted and Approved and another from the Household Searchlight Recipe Book printed in 1940. The only changes we make are on the oven temperature since modern ovens cook more efficiently we cook 1 pound at 325 degrees F. for 45 to 50 minutes, and 1 1/2 pounds or more same temperature for an hour. Bon Appétit.
1930s Meals, Tested, Tasted and Approved recipe: Stuffed Meat Loaf
1 1/2 pounds beef, ground 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg well beaten 1 cupful soft bread crumbs
1/2 cupful milk 1/2 teaspoon sage
1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon pepper 4 tablespoonfuls melted fat
Combine meat, beaten egg, milk, 1 tsp. Salt, 1/8 tsp. Pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Line the bottom and sides of a loaf pan with this mixture: Make a stuffing by combining bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp.salt, the sage, 1/8 tsp. Pepper, grated onion and melted fat. Fill center of pan with this mixture. Cover top with more of the meat mixture. Cook in a hot oven 400 degrees F. For 45 mins. Serve with Tomato or Mushroom sauce. Serves 6
1940s Household Searchlight Recipe : Meat Loaf
1 pound pounds beef, ground 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
2 Tablespoons melted butter 1 cup coarsely broken crackers
1 egg, slightly beaten 1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons Chopped onions 1 Teaspoon salt
2 slices Bacon
Combine all ingredients except bacon. Form in loaf Lay slices of bacon across top. Bake in moderate oven 375 degrees F. For 2 hours, If desired, substitute 1/2 cup uncooked oat cereal for 1/2 cup crackers crumbs. Serve with Tomato sauce
I know, I know, we are using one of those as seen on TV pans. We love vintage meals, not vintage grease and clean up!
You can add a Mushroom gravy or Tomato sauce, but they have fantastic flavor without having to smother it with something else.
Vintage cook books can be found anywhere, Thrift stores and antique stores..and usually pretty cheap.