Donna Brown Recipe

Tillie's Meat Loaf

By Donna Brown gabbiegirl


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Method:
Bake
Comments:

Do you remember the school lunches years ago when we had fried chicken or meat loaf and mashed potatoes with homemade rolls? You could smell those rolls all a.m. while in class. I don't know who Tillie was, but she was one of the cooks who made the meat dishes at an elementary school when students had those kinds of lunches to look forward to. The sauce recipe makes quite a bit, so I often reduce it, but in keeping with the original recipe, I've stated it like it is. (Thankfully, it has been reduced to a family sized recipe.) My daughter-in-law didn't like meat loaf until she ate this one.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
I LOVE the sauce in this recipe! We had a little extra left over, so spooned it over the slices on our plates... What a treat! Like Donna's daughter-in-law, I was never one to have been mistaken for the world's biggest meatloaf fan. Now, though, I do believe my colors have changed! Thanks, Donna.

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb
ground beef (I use ground chuck in order to cut down on the fat - plus I have made this with ground turkey)
1
chopped onion
1/2
chopped bell pepper
4
eggs
2 Tbsp
powdered milk
SAUCE:
1
small can tomato sauce
1
cup tomato ketchup
1/2
box brown sugar
1/4 c
worcestershire sauce
1/2 - 3/4 c
vinegar

Directions Step-By-Step

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients and shape into a loaf. Place in a loaf pan. Cook until almost done (sorry I don't have a time). Remove from oven and pour sause over. Return to oven and cook until done and sauce thickens. Remove from oven and let set for a few minutes before slicing. **Sometimes, I'll slice the meatloaf before putting the sauce on top, so the sauce will run down between the slices while cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Meatloafs
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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21 Comments

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annie Kelly nutmeg753
Feb 9, 2015
Oh how I loved the school meatloaf!!! I also loved the pull pork sandwiches they use to make also. Back in the day they certainly did make some good lunches!!!
Pinching this recipe.
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irma demattos ydemattos
Jan 2, 2014
ANYONE THAT HAS PREPARED THIS NO HOW LONG IT SHOULD COOK FOR? I DONT COOK MEATLOAF AND WOLDNT WANT TO UNDERCOOK =(
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Micki Cohen CurlyLady
Apr 23, 2013
Ok, sorry, I thought you had "reduced" the sauce amounts along with the other ingredients......can't wait to try it! Thanks Donna
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Donna Brown gabbiegirl
Apr 23, 2013
As I stated in the NOTES' section, the sauce makes quite a bit, but I have it written just as the original recipe stated. I would suggest that you add the amount of brown sugar you desire.
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Micki Cohen CurlyLady
Apr 23, 2013
Isn't half a box of brown sugar a bit much if your using a whole cup of ketchup (there's sugar in the ketchup) ?