Growing up, I hated meatloaf and for some reason it always found a way to weasel it’s way onto our dinner table at least once per week. I can still remember running to the table after a long day of playing outside with my friends, feeling famished and facing that moment of sheer disappointment for what my mother had made.
My poor mother. Looking back, I feel bad for my whining. Especially now that my kids give me the same grief after coming to the table and finding some of my home cooked meals. They don’t even care that I spent hours in the kitchen making it for them!
It’s funny how things have a way of coming around.
This meal, a meal that was once a day ruiner, has also seen a full rotation in time and is now a form of comfort food for me. It’s something that I actually look forward to eating. Although, I can’t say that this is the exact same recipe that my mother used to make. Over the years I gave it a few upgrades, one being a spicy salsa topping!
This meatloaf may remind you of your momma, but it is definitely not your momma’s meatloaf.
Spicy Salsa Meatloaf
2 lbs. hamburger
1 packet of meatloaf seasoning
1 container of fresh sliced mushrooms
2 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup milk
1-2 cups of salsa
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together (except the salsa). Mix until well blended. Coat a large 9 x 13″ baking dish in nonstick spray and place the ingredients in the center. Don’t pat it flat, but form a long loaf in the center of the dish. Cover the dish in 1-2 cups of salsa and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 60 minutes or until internal temp reaches 175 degrees *.
We like to serve our meatloaf with a side of red skin mashed potatoes and boiled broccoli.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition.
Do you have a recipe that you hated a child that you now love? Share your favorite once hated comfort foods with us in the comments below.