Wednesdays Unplugged – Raymond’s Zesty Meatloaf

"Petting, scratching and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer." ~ Dean Koontz

NOTE: I spend my
Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share.

Wicket1The biggest news in our family so far this year has been the addition of a new guest on Wednesday nights… "Wicket", the adorable Morkie  (Maltese/Yorkie) puppy our son's family added to their family just before Christmas. She has been winning everyone's heart as we vie for time to pet, scratch and cuddle her!


This week's recipe comes from a Hensrud Family Cookbook dating back to a family reunion in 1984. My husband's parents both had 11 children in their families so there are some I have seen very little. One of those was his Uncle Raymond, who lived in Maryland. I tried his recipe for meatloaf when I looking for a comfort food with a family heritage during the holiday season. I heard comments that it was the best meatloaf that many had tasted… I doubled the recipe and added the topping. Makes me think a little of a "Juicy Lucy".


  • Meatloaf-raymond41 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup coasely crushed wheat crackers
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

In a large bowl combine beef, 1/2 cup cracker crumbs, onion, milk, egg, ketchup, sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well. Flatten into a rectangle between two pieces of parchment paper, sized so that the short side fits the length of your pan.

Combine the remaining crumbs and cheese, and layer on top of the meat. Roll meat beginning on short side and place in pan.

May top with mixture of 1/2 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup brown sugar, then 1-2 slices thick cut bacon.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/4 hours.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – EmailMinneapolis Realtor Who Cooks


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