All-In-One Meat-Loaf Ring

Posted on May 5 2010 - 8:59am by RetroRuth

Man, nothing screams “Mid-Century Menu” like a cookbook that has a giant, rare, glistening meatloaf on the cover.  And to top it off, it is Good Housekeeping’s Hamburger & Hot Dog Book, Novel Uses For America’s Favorite Meats!  I love that name!!! With a cookbook like this, how can you go wrong??

Now, this cute cookbook was published in 1958 by Good Housekeeping, and it contains, you guessed it, tons of recipes that include hamburger and hot dogs.  And there are some corkers, too. We were restricted in our choice by the fact that Tom is going to run his 50 mile (!) ultramarathon this weekend.  Because of his dietary needs this week, I had to pick something that was mostly meat and vegetables, with very little to no bread. So, most of the really fun stuff was out.  But I was still able to find a great one.

Enter the All-In-One Meat-Loaf Ring!  Quite possibly the most hypenated food name we have ever had. In fact, this might be the most hypenated recipe ever.  So far, I have used 9 hypens, including the title.

15 hypens!

Now, this doesn’t looks scary to me, it just looks…interesting.  How is this thing going to stick together?  Only 1 lb of meat and like 4 cups of raw veggies? Crazy.

And I was off!

I didn’t have any day-old bread crumbs (16!), so I just threw some panko bread crumbs in.

Choppy, choppy!   This was more than 4 cups of veggies, by the way.

One beaten egg, whose job it will be to hold together a ton of veggies and a little meat. Great stuff.

Breadcrumbs, spices and meat added to the egg.

ALL the veggies!!


Surprisingly, it was pretty sticky.  I had high hopes for the molding, so I just went ahead and crammed it on in.

Jan! Copper ring mold!

Ahem.  Sorry for the outburst.

Anyway, this is the palid, gray thing after 45 mins in the oven.  But it was glistening, so at least it had that going for it. Or something.

Here it is filled with well-seasoned peas (17!) and smothered almost to death by tomato sauce. 

On a side note, what considered a well-seasoned (18!) pea?  I just threw a bunch of pepper on mine.  They were salty enough since they were canned.

Here it is, fresh from the last 25 minutes in the oven. Mmmm…meaty AND loafy.

The freshly cut into loaf-ring (19!), with the tasteful and attractive waterfall of canned peas pouring out of it. Huh…I guess it did stick together!  Way to go, you crazy egg.  Good job, cup of breadcrumbs.

Tom, pulling in his first bite.

“It smells good, how does it taste?”

“It’s good, I like it.”

I took a bite, and it was pretty good.  It was different from normal meatloaf, but not bad.  The texture was a little strange, but the sausage was a good addition, I thought. Tom thought it was a good way to hide veggies and make them taste like meat.

The Verdict:  Good.  Didn’t taste like a regular meatloaf, but it was good anyway. The veggies tasted good with the seasonings, but I probably could have done without the well-seasoned peas. (20!)

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  1. Sara in AZ May 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Wow! A 50 mile ultramarathon! Good Luck Tom!!! Hooray for hypens. 🙂 Glad the Meat-Loaf-Ring tasted good (there is 3 more hypens for ya!), it sounds like Tom needs it.

  2. Annie B. May 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    That – – – – – – – – – – ring looks not half bad. Rather looked like a fruitcake in one photo and like a vintage hat in another. Go, Tom, go! You’re going to have to feed him some “real” food before this weekend!! Thanks for the fun, Ruth. I love that little cookbook.

  3. sablemable May 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    LOL@ the copper ring outburst, Ruuuuuuuuth!

    I may have to try this recipe, as I love meatloaf.

    I have the sandwich/bread cookbook by Good Housekeeping.

  4. Miss Marwood May 6, 2010 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Yum! This looks really delicious, especially the pea-avalanche! I think I might actually try it next week! Did you grease the mold for it to come out in one piece? Or is this down to special powers of the pretty copper mold?
    Good luck Tom with the marathon!!! 50 miles, good lord, I hope you survive, as I cannot wait for next week’s menu!!

  5. TomPier May 6, 2010 at 11:20 am - Reply

    great post as usual!

  6. Chelsea December 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    One ring to rule them all
    One ring to bind them
    One ring to bring them all
    And in the darkness, bind them

    This is the One Ring, Frodo. Forged by the dark lord, Sauron himself.

  7. Randi November 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    This is pretty similar to my mom and grandma’s meatloaf recipe. No carrots or celery but lots of onion, bell pepper and sausage. We usually use oatmeal in place of the breadcrumbs but that’s mostly because of convenience. Who doesn’t have oats hanging around from breakfast and/or cookie making. Well-seasoned peas I could take or leave but this sounds delish to me!

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