~ Frosted Meatloaf ~ A Retro Recipe ReDux

Frosted Meatloaf
A Retro Recipe ReDux

There are many versions of this recipe on the internet, but this is one I have had since the mid 70’s. I do not make this version as written, as some of the ingredients I find too “odd” or my family doesn’t like, or maybe should say “They just won’t eat that!”

Here I am sharing both the original recipe, and my version.

FROSTED MEATLOAF – Original Version (I don’t know where the original came from, so I cannot give credit, if you know where it is from, please let me know.)
Era: late 1960’s – Early 1970’s

3 pounds ground beef
1/3 cup grated onion
1 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
3/4 cup strong coffee
2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
3 cups hot mashed potatoes
Cooked lima beans and carrots

Combine beef, onion, bread crumbs, coffee and seasonings.  Blend well.  Pack lightly into a greased 10 inch ring mold. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Drain off any liquid. Invert ring on serving platter. Quickly “frost” with mashed potatoes. Brown under broiler. Fill center with cooked vegetables. Serve at once. Yield 6 to 8 servings.

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A Retro Recipe ReDux


·        3 pounds lean ground chuck
·        1/3 cup chopped onion
·        1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
·        3/4 cup toasted bread crumbs
·        2 eggs
·        2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
·        1/4 cup of milk – more may be needed
·        1 tablespoon granulated garlic
·        1 heaping tablespoon Season salt
·        4 cups of prepared mashed potatoes
·        Melted butter – for on top of potatoes
·         Salt and pepper
·         If easier, use a packet of store bought Meatloaf seasoning in lieu of the dry spices

1.     In large mixing bowl or in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine milk, bread crumbs, eggs, Worcester Sauce, garlic and season salt.
2.      Add in the chopped onion and bell pepper, then add the ground chuck into the liquid in small chunks and blend until everything is moistened. Using your hands to mix, flip and turn is the best way to get everything blended.
3.     Place on your baking dish or pan and shape the meat mixture into a loaf.
4.     Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.
5.     Remove from oven and if there is an excessive amount of grease, drain off.
6.     Quickly frost the meatloaf with the mashed potatoes and gently brush the entire top with the melted butter, lightly adding salt and pepper to the top if desired.
7.     Place under the broiler until just starting to brown about 3-4 minutes- do not walk away from it as it may brown faster than you realize.

Serve immediately – Like Lima bean and carrots? That’s fine. We don’t. We usually have steamed broccoli or baby carrots.

Thanks for reading!!
The Crafteelaydee