Meals on Mondays:
What is on the Menu for today?  Meatloaf and Cheesy PotatoesThis is a favorite in our home.  A good MAN MEAL (meaning Men like it!).  Traditional.  Everyone loves it, so there are no left overs!!!I wanted to share this cheesy potato recipe after I shared canning potatoes last week.  Why can potatoes if you do not have ways to use them?  This recipe is very easy and it is REALLY good!  You can bring this side dish to a pot luck and your pan will be wiped clean!


Step 1:  Dump out 2 quarts of your canned potatoes into a colander, to drain liquids.  Rinse with water.


Step 2:  Sauté one small onion chopped in 2 Tbs of butter.


Step 3:  In a large bowl combine potatoes with sautéd onions, 4 oz. cream cheese (softened), 1 cup sour cream, 1 tsp salt, and 1 cup shredded cheese.  Mix together.


Step 4:  Put potato mixture into baking pan.


Step 5:  Top with remaining cheese (about 1 cup). Bake at 400˚F for 20 min.  If potatoes are raw, bake for 45-55 min at 350˚F.





2 lbs. ground beef (venison or turkey)
1.5 c. rolled oats (bread crumbs)
1 chopped onion
1/2 catsup
2 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 eggs

Add all ingredients together, mix thoroughly.
Pat into large loaf pan.  Bake 400˚F for 1 hour.
Slice and serve.

Watch my youtube video on making meatloaf with Junior.  I had just drank a cup of coffee so I get pretty excited about making meatloaf.  I sound like a chipmunk:) It is a funny video.  It shows how easy it is to make meatloaf.  Even a child could help.



I made my own catsup to can on our Homesteading for Beginners DVD vol. 4.  You can watch the entire tutorial on the DVD.  It is easy and great to have on hand.  When you are looking to stay away from all the chemicals and artificial ingredients in store boughten brands, this recipe is for you…

1 bushel tomatoes
Wash tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and run them through a food mill to remove seeds, skins, and stems.Pour sauce into a big stainless steal stock pot. For one bushel you get about 14 quarts of sauce.

Add to stock pot (you can add things to your taste):
1/3 cup garlic
1/3 cup onion
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 cups sugar or xylitol
2 gallons tomato paste

Stir all ingredients together and bring to a boil. If you do not use tomato paste, you need to cook the mixture down for 12 hours or until desired thickness.

Pressure Canning:
Add jars to pressure canner. Pour water into the bottom of the canner to about 3 inches up (About 2 1/2 cups of water). 10 lbs pressure for 25 minutes.

Water Bath Canning:
Place jars into water bath canner. Fill water to the tops of jars, cover, bring to a boil and let boil for 45 minutes.

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0 thoughts on “Meatloaf & Cheesy Potatoes 

  1. Excellent, Erin!!!! We’ve fallen into a rut of the same old, same old around here. I’m going to take out some ground pork/venison to make this for dinner! Thank you for the ketchup recipe too! I assume you make this large batch and then can it…? Sally Fallon has a recipe for a “fermented” ketchup recipe in Nourishing Traditions that I’ve made before too.

    • Yes, you can make up a big batch of catsup and can it. It is so handy, I even use this for a pizza sauce. Or thickening for chili. So glad you will make this for dinner. You will have to let us know how it turned out. God bless you dear friend.

    • Glad it brought some laughter into your day! I know it is pretty funny! I can be a little giddy at times. LOL

    • That would be such a blessing, I will have to remember to bookmark your page and share with the folks over there. Thanks for letting me know. You are a blessing.

  2. Good morning Erin. Dear children and I were laughing until we had tears, 8->. Thank you for the blessing of laughter today!!
    p.s. We enjoy chopped red or green peppers and grated carrot as well.

    • That sounds really good. I have often chopped up kale and spinach and added it in our meatloaf. No one noticed it was there but I was so happy we were getting that extra nutrition. I know that video is so funny, glad it brought laughter to your day. Fun!

  3. Hello Erin, I always stop by and read your blog most days, but have never commented before. I live in Australia on a beef cattle property. I really enjoy having a cuppa and reading what you have to say. So a big thank you from an aussie gal!!
    Blessings Jo

    • That means so much to me. What a blessing to know that and Aussie gal is having a cup of tea with me each day! A big thank you for taking the time to let me know you enjoy my blog all the way in Australia, a land I would love to see one day!
      God bless you!

  4. Thank you once again for all these great recipes. The kids and I loved the video, I know I heard more than once, “How does she make her voice like that?” me: “Coffee”, them: “Why doesn’t Daddy’s voice sound like that than.” 😀 Thanks for the laughs, great start to our day!

  5. My boys love your videos! All four of them will make a rush for the laptop when they here your voice. I usually check out your blog during my 2:00 coffee break. cant get much better than coffee, chocolate, and encouragement!

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