Depression Meatloaf

Martha Price


While (attempting to) clean out my recipe drawer, I came across this recipe, which I had copied several years ago. I don't remember if the original recipe was in a cookbook - magazine - website - or where! It is one of MANY recipes I have saved, but have not gotten around to trying -yet!
It uses basic ingredients, but sounds quite tasty!
It is easy, AND economical, which is always a plus!
If you try it, please let me know how you like it!
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★★★★★ 1 vote

20 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 small
    can evaporated milk
  • 2 slice
  • 1/3 c
    chopped onion
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1
    egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 c
  • 2
    strips bacon, cut in half

How to Make Depression Meatloaf


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, pour milk over the bread. Let stand until the milk is absorbed.
  3. Add onion, salt and pepper. Stir with a fork until bread softens and is light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in ground beef; stir in beaten egg. Shape into a loaf. Place in lightly greased baking dish.
  5. Spread loaf with ketchup; top with bacon strips. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. *The original recipe did not call for the egg; I think eggs were in short supply during the depression. Maybe the canned milk helps it hold together? Anyway, I added the egg to the recipe just in case I had inadvertantly not copied the recipe correctly!

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About Depression Meatloaf

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

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