Easy Winter Dinner Recipes: Family Meat Loaf

Kathleen Blumenthal
I love to cook and expand the boundaries of cooking

Family meat loaf is good as a central dish at the holiday table, but also it can be very suitable for everyday dinners. It is hearty and delicious being not very difficult to cook. You know, the discussion as to the benefits of meat for human health is continuous and endless. There are pros and cons but this is a matter of choice for everybody to be vegetarian or meat eater. We love meat being sure that moderate amount of it will do well.

The point is that our digestive system is created to cope with meat and that is way it is quite natural to enjoy the meal we are going to cook following this recipe. It is tasty in particular in winter when hot foods provide comfortable feelings when you are in the warm and cozy house surrounded by close to your heart people.

Easy Winter Dinner Recipes: Family Meat Loaf

If you want to find easy winter dinner recipes, we offer you the variant with loaf of beef. The meat is tasty and filling and will be enough for 16 persons to have the hearty meal. You can serve it with veggies or mashed potatoes at once after cooking and eat the cold meat the next day with fresh bread making a kind of sandwiches.

Course Lunch & dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 5200 kcal


  • 1.25 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 cup fresh bread
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 3 piece eggs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1 piece medium onion
  • 8 piece sprig thyme
  • 6 piece slice bacon


  1. Start with the ketchup glaze. Take a bowl and put ketchup, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce into it then stir to combine all the ingredients and set aside.

  2. Now preheat the oven to 4000 F.

  3. In a small bowl put the bread and pour the milk over it. The bread should soak milk in approximately 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile mix the celery, parsley, thyme, minced onion, garlic, mustard, eggs, pepper, and salt in another bowl, add the soak bread, ground veal, and 1/3 cup of the ketchup. Combine all the components mixing soft farce with your hands.

  5. Take a baking sheet, line it with parchment and put the loaf of meat into it.

  6. Put 1/3 cup of the ketchup glaze onto it.

  7. Cut the onion into the rings, take a clean bowl and combine the sliced onion with two tablespoons of ketchup glaze. 

  8. Put the marinated rings over the top of the meat loaf and add the thyme sprigs. 

  9. Finish twisting the bacon slices over the loaf. 

  10. Put the prepared meat into the oven and cook during 15 minutes. 

  11. Reduce oven temperature to 350 0 F and cook for 50 minutes more.

  12. Remove from oven and wait for about 15 minutes before serving. 


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