aka: Meatloaf Surprise
My husband doesn’t cook often. So last week when he said he wanted to go with me to the store because he was cooking dinner… my interest was high. Partially because I was curious to what he wanted to make and also a little afraid. Notice the tag line to the post? aka Meatloaf Surprise? << Click to Tweet Recipe >>
This tag line comes from many years of Dad’s Surprise _____ (fill in the blank). On the rare occasions he has cooked over the years, the kids have not always been pleased with the results. Children being children, they haven’t always understood that Dad was stepping up when Mom was ill, or in the hospital, or dealing with some other emergency. All they know is that Dad is pulling things out of the fridge and creating something… “A Surprise” is what they would hear when they asked what he was making. (Personally, I think this is because he really had no idea but wanted to help feed the children and was pulling things out and hoping something would just magically happen to all the leftovers)..
Now Dad does have some stand by dishes that the children have enjoyed over the years. He makes a killer anything on the grill! He won the Men’s Chili Cookoff at church a couple of years ago. His pocket sandwiches have been a hit over the years. However, there have been other “surprise meals” that made it into the family history books too!
Back to the store… Hubby is picking things up and placing them in my basket as we walk around Kroger’s. I was not sure if he had a specific recipe or if he was winging it!
This is what was used in the Meatloaf Surprise:
2 lbs. Ground Chuck
1 White onion (diced)
1 Orange Pepper (diced)
2 Eggs (beaten)
2 Tablespoons Chives (minced)
1 Cup #Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Tablespoon #Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
Combine everything together in large bowl and mix well.
Mold into pan of choice
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Ketchup
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Bake at 350 for an 60-70 minutes.
As you can see from the pan above… the Meatloaf Surprise was a hit! We will be adding this to our Dad’s Recipe Hall of Fame!
Note: Did you know that a Dryer Sheet will make quick work of cleaning a pan like this one?
Linda Manns Linneman says
My meatloaf never turns out right. This sounds so good. I will be trying this soon. Thank you for sharing
chrissy c says
I love meatloaf so I will definitely try this recipe!
I am not a huge fan of meat loaf, but whenever my family wants that, I always load it with onions, peppers and mushrooms! Your meat loaf looks pretty good, might have to try it.
Sherry Compton says
I think I’d worry if Dad said it was Dad’s surprise for dinner, but that meatloaf looks good. Thanks for the tip on dryer sheets; I didn’t know.
Sonya Morris says
Looks delicious! I will be trying the dryer sheet next time!
Em Mahr says
Sounds pretty good – I love meatloaf for a quick weekday meal. And I never knew the dryer sheet cleaning trick – thanks for sharing!
Rebecca b says
It sounds pretty good. And who knew a dryer sheet could be used to scrub.
Sherry Lambing says
I have to admit, I was a little nervous to read about what was in the surprise meatloaf..but it’s all good and looks yummy! I will for sure try this this recipe! Thank you!
Angela P says
This looks so good, thank you for sharing the recipe, I’m so doing this soon
I usually don’t like meatloaf but I might be willing to give it another chance.
This sounds like a meatloaf I might enjoy. I’ll be trying this.
Looks like dad has done a pretty good job. I wouldn’t mind some of that meatloaf! And thanks for the dryer sheet tip, will have to try.
Jill E says
It sounds delicious. I think he did a good job. In my house meatloaf can last a few days so it is great for leftovers.
Angela Warren says
This meatloaf sounds yummy. I have been wanting to try a different way to make mine
this look amazing! yummy
Robin Abrams says
This meatloaf sounds good. My kids love meatloaf so will give this a try. Thank you
Jesselyn Andersyn says
After 25 years of marriage to a wonderful guy (my childhood sweetheart) and to this day I’m still trying to make a meatloaf (find a recipe) that tastes as good as his mom’s !
I definitely try this one ~ one of these days I’m going to nail it!
Darlene Maroni says
I am always looking for a new meat loaf recipe..I will be giving this one a try..it sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Looks very easy! I’ll definitely try it!
Trisha McKee says
This looks amazing! Can’t wait to make it – thank you for sharing.
Randy Fulgham says
i sure wished i had some of this now,its gettin to diner time==yum
Can’t wait to try it
Sounds delish…can’t wait to try it!
Jerry Marquardt says
This looks amazingly perfect. I can’t wait to try this out on a Sunday. It looks so delicious.
Meatloaf is one of the few foods that I cook. I think everyone has their own recipe for it. It’s good because you add whatever you like.
Dan Dykstra says
Some people think it is strange but I really like meatloaf. I will have to give this a try.
Jennifer Heintz says
Well, that is a nice surprise he whipped up. Thank You for the ideas this will inspire in the kitchen.
Thanks for the tasty recipe and the giveaway.
Linda Manns Linneman says
I love meatloaf. Mine never turns out so good though. I will give this a try soon. Thank you so much for sharing
Jodi Hunter says
This looks so yummy, we are going to have to try this the next meatloaf night.
Kelly Nicholson says
lol..my dads is called meatloaf surprise too…we still eat it…thanks
lissa crane says
This sounds fabulous! I love the use of the Panko Bread Crumbs and the Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning! Both sound like they would give an updated twist to my usual plain old Sunday meatloaf! I can’t wait to give this a try!
Alison Gibb says
I have to say, the meatloaf looks a little scary. I am glad that it tasted better than it looks! lol
Karen Glatt says
Your Meatloaf looks delicious and I really want to make it and I never thought about using a dryer sheet to clean out this type of pan. I will be trying this real soon!
Randy Fulgham says
this looks so good-its making me hungry for it right now==thanks for the recipe
Judy Thomas says
It sounds so easy, I might just have to adapt the recipe for New Zealand 🙂 Thank you
Terri Irvin says
I think it is important that children also see men cook and bake so encourage your hubby after his success with the meatloaf to do more. Many men don’t have the skill sets they need to live on their on and that needs to be addressed. I have three adult sons and only one of them cooks. The meatloaf recipe sounds pretty basic to me so there does not seem to be any surprises this time!!
Francine Anchondo says
Looks tasty will have to add it to my dinner rotation .
Kimberly Flickinger says
This looks delicious! I will have to make this for my dad.
Sarah L says
Sounds like a good recipe. Good thing you knew about using the dryer sheet to clean that pan.
Looks like a winner for your husband! I had no idea about the dryer sheets and pans!
Dana Smith says
That’s cool that it turned out to be a hit! lol
Kimberley Meier says
This sounds awesome!! And I am going to totally try the dryer sheet thing afterwards too!
I’m so used to eating meat loaf from a loaf pan. This looks really good!
Jennifer Hiles says
Def. going to have to try that drying sheet trick! Looks like the meatloaf surprise was a hit. My ex cooked burgers or anything on the grill. That was about the extent of it. I’ll have to try this one.
I thought it was going to have a puff on it but it still looks very good!! I’m going to have to try this one!!
Nancy Burgess says
Looks good and easy to make.
On occasion I do make meatloaf, although I do look for other recipes just to change things up a bit, this does look good.
Lisa Jagodzinski says
This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this!
Cool, sounds delicious.
Betsy Rubendall Barnes says
This sounds like a really tasty meatloaf. I really love the idea of using Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. I am definitely going to give this a try 🙂
What a guy!! This Meatloaf looks very tasty 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!
Traci U says
I’m not a big meatloaf lover…but, this recipe sounds so good that i think i’m gonna have to make it one day =)
Wow perfect thing to make tonight for my husband. He always orders meatloaf when he can if it is on the menu. I guess I do not make is like he likes it. I will have to give this a try. The seasoning probably is the key.
Debbie Welchert says
Your husband’s meatloaf looks really good. My husband has been cooking the last couple of years and we have been married over 30 years, so far I have liked everything he has made. I will be passing this recipe on to him to make. He has gotten pretty good at cooking. He has never made anything in the oven before, so this will be a challenge for him.
My stomach just started growling!
Diana Powell says
Looks delicious ! And so easy to make !
Dana Matthews says
This sounds good…I love meatloaf…I just make a mess of it! Will give this a try!
Hannah C says
This looks delicious!
Sounds really good. Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I hope you will be able to join us again this week. https://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/03/peanut-butter-bread.html
Marti Parks says
I just love meatloaf and I love trying new recipes for it, I think I will try this recipe and use onion powder instead of onions. i love onions, but my son hates them.
Lily Kwan says
This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!
Michael Lambert says
Sounds really good and easy enough.
Amanda Greene-Lebeck says
Awesome, I wish my husband would do something like that when it comes to cooking, but he cannot even cook macaroni and cheese lol. Meatloaf looks good, going to try it.
That sounds amazing. I have never thought to put brown sugar on mine. I will definitely try it. My family is fortunate that my husband is a great cook, he can toss things together and we have a great meal.
Julia Gibson says
This sounds delicious. My dad would do the same thing… make “surprises” for us when he had to cook. But, most of the time when we would ask what we were having he would reply “Sh*& on a shingle.”
Julia @ Mom on the Run x2
I literally LAUGHED OUT LOUD when I read the title of this post. I have to admit when I looked at the picture at the beginning I was skeptical but when I read the ingredients I was very impressed! It sounds very tasty.
You should read the follow up to this article! https://sherrylwilson.com/dryer-sheet-cleans-baked-on-food/
cathy ddreemzz says
sounds like a great night off for you!!! I haven’t had meatloaf for a long time… time to make it again
This looks very easy…that even I can do. My husband is the cook in our house, but I think I’ll be the cook tonight!!!
adrienne warren says
this does look good, something my guy will eat up all on his own. I bet it would be great cold, sliced on sandwiches too.
Sounds like a good easy meal 🙂