Saturday, April 15, 2017

Food in Film: Meatloaf

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

A food addict and connoisseur of tasteful films reviews Food in Film, starring...

… Meatloaf

I like meatloaf. Homemade, restaurant made, I have rarely met a meatloaf I didn't like. When I visited Hawaii, early pregnant with our first child, surrounded by exotic cuisine, all I wanted was a meatloaf sandwich. (And my husband, the hero, helped me find one in Honolulu.)

For many years I prepared the dish using a new recipe each time. I enjoyed them all. And so did the kids... until they watched Ralphie's little brother in A Christmas Story (1983) whine, "I hate meatloaf." After that, my kids wouldn't touch the stuff.

Scene: Randy hates meatloaf.

That scene still irritates me!

While writing this post, I texted both kids, "Do you like meatloaf now?" My daughter thinks meatloaf is "just okay" but my son says he loves it. Awwww... that warms this mama's heart. He's my favorite child.

20 comments:

Leanne said...

I can't say that I'm a big fan of meatloaf - I guess it all comes down to the recipe - my mum was a very average cook and her meatloaf was bland and not very appertizing unfortunately!
Leanne | cresting the hill

Trudy said...

Definitely, some recipes are more flavorful than others. Our favorite recipe is "Spanish style" and has pimento-stuffed green olives in it.

Keith's Ramblings said...

The thing is, because until recently I was a chef, my kids expect everything I cook for them to be exotic. so unless I could thing of a way to make meatloaf look beautiful and taste gastronomic I don't think I'd get away with it!

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Trudy said...

Hmmm... I've never given it much thought, but maybe that's one reason meatloaf seems unpopular... there aren't many ways to make it look attractive. Maybe shape it into an interesting design?

Donna Smith said...

My dad used to make us meatloaf. I stopped eating it the time he used raisin bran in it as part of the "bread" filling. Raisins were not my favorite surprise ingredient.

Donna Smith
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Trudy said...

Yeeeelch! Raisins in meatloaf? Okay, even *I* would draw the line there! *shudder*

ElenaSquareEyes said...

I've never had meatloaf - I don't think it's a thing we really have in the UK. I've always seen it mentioned/eaten in American TV shows so I'm intrigued to know what it's actually like. :)

Trudy said...

If you get a chance to try it, I hope it's a good recipe!

Is there a dish unique to the UK that I should try?

Denise said...

I make the Barefoot Contessa's turkey meatloaf and everyone loves it. You can serve lobster mac and cheese with it.

em said...

I LOVE meatloaf, and I make it differently every time. It can never go wrong. I think I need to make it again this week!! :-)

Trudy said...

I, too, thought meatloaf could never go wrong... until I read Donna Smith's comment!

Trudy said...

I found the turkey meatloaf recipe on-line and saved it. I've made turkey meatloaf Florentine and really enjoyed that, so I look forward to trying another turkey meatloaf recipe. Thanks!

(I also saved the lobster Mac and cheese recipe!)

Saraallie said...

Whyyyy did I not find your theme before, this is such a cool topic to be blogging about! I've never had a meatloaf exactly but to me it sound like something the Hobbits would love :D
~ Saraallie
Sara Writes ~ The Crazy Life of a Silly Little Sister

Trudy said...

It's been a fun theme to work with... glad you like it!

Sara C. Snider said...

I love that movie, but that scene always makes me cringe. Blech. I used to love meatloaf, but haven't had any since becoming a vegetarian. I like to make a nice lentil loaf on occasion though. ;)

tracey robinson said...

We watch that movie every December and I always make meatloaf, red cabbage and mashed potatoes for dinner. (Except for one year when I was sick and we ordered Chinese food which also seemed a good match!) Luckily we all like meatloaf though I make mine with barbecue sauce and oatmeal (instead of ketchup and bread crumbs.)

Trudy said...

I've never had lentil loaf, but really like lentils so I might like that! Do you have a recipe?

Trudy said...

Mmmm... barbecue sauce is great in meatloaf. I use oatmeal in most of my meatloaf recipes, too, probably because that's what my mom used when I was growing up.

John Holton said...

I'm having meat loaf for dinner, as a matter of fact. We don't cook it anymore; we buy it ready-made and heat it up in the microwave. Just as good and we don't have the mess to contend with.

Trudy said...

Lack of mess... I can go for that!