The Perfect Pre-Holiday Meatloaf Dinner


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The Perfect Pre-Holiday Meatloaf Dinner


The holidays are quickly approaching and with the hustle and bustle comes lots of baking and meal planning and preparation for fancy meals. We will soon be looking for the perfect turkey, the perfect string beans, the perfect macaroni and cheese recipes. But while we are preparing all of the fancy meals, our family still has to eat regular meals as well. In this post, I am sharing my recipe for the perfect pre-holiday meatloaf. A quick recipe and hearty meal that will not take steal away from your holiday food prep.

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Today I am sharing a recipe for a quick and easy yet hearty regular mean you can prepare for your family while you are prepping for the fancier meals to come.


1lb ground beef

½lb sausage (I like Jimmy Dean Hot)

3 Eggs

½ cup seasoned bread crumbs (I toast bread and shake it up in a ziplock bag with season salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, parsley) I do not measure. Just add a little of each until it is to your taste. Approximately 1 tsp each


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Season Salt

Black Pepper

Garlic Powder



Italian Seasoning (Optional)

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 Medium Onion

Cheese of your choice (optional)


Preheat oven to 350

Chop onion and bell pepper

Sautee chopped onion and bell pepper in olive oil until soft


While waiting for pepper and onion to saute, add seasoning and sausage to ground beef in a large bowl

Beat and add eggs

Add sautéed onion and bell pepper to ground beef mixture

Add bread crumbs and mix all together

Once all ingredients are all mixed together thoroughly, shape into a loaf

Cover loaf pan with aluminum foil

Place loaf on a rack inside the pan (the rack is to allow all grease to flow to the bottom of the pan) If you do not have a rack, you can pour the grease off several times during the cooking process

Bake covered at 350 for 45 minutes


Uncover and cook for another 20 minutes until brown

Turn oven off

Remove loaf from oven and place cheese slices over the top of the loaf (I used extra sharp and provolone)

Cover with foil and place in the warm oven until cheese melts

In The Meantime:

Buttered/Parsley Potatoes

While meatloaf is cooking…

Scrub red potatoes (leave the skin on)

Place in pot with water, butter, parsley, salt and pepper (I use season salt)

Boil until tender

Sauteed Kale

I purchased pre-cut kale

Wash kale thoroughly

Place in a colander to drain

Once drained, saute Kale in a skillet with olive oil, salt & pepper until tender

Dinner is served! Quick and easy and you can make the meatloaf in advance. You can also make and freeze it. Easy Peasy!!

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10 thoughts on “The Perfect Pre-Holiday Meatloaf Dinner

  1. Jean | says:

    Clearissa, what a wonderful comfort food meal! Love what you did with the kale. I always eat kale raw, but why not give it the “greens” treatment! I’m a huge fan of collard greens. Thank you so much for your well wishes last week. Getting better every day and even posted a new recipe!

  2. Rhonda Gales says:

    Your meatloaf recipe sounds delicious. I do parsley potatoes too. My family loves them. I’ll be Pinning your meatloaf recipe. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

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