meatloaf... ketchup or not?

@aretha (2540)
United States
March 20, 2008 8:58am CST
i made meatloaf last night and was talking to my cusion,she asked what i put in it and i told her. she was shocked that i don't put ketchup in it but my oldest loves meatloaf as long as there is no ketchup in it. so how hard is it to add after its made for those that want it? my hubby just puts it on top and thats fine for him,i like it with gravy. sometimes i full the center of it with cheese before i cook it and its really yummy. i add a lot of spices to mine as well. how do you make yours? am i the only crazy one with no ketchup?
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@madjax (14)
• United States
20 Mar 08
meatloaf is a great great and easy dish to make, not to mention i think it is pretty tasty. i know that my mom doesnt put ketchup or anything like that INSIDE the meatloaf, but use generous amounts of ketchup after it has already been cooked.
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@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
20 Mar 08
With four children meatloaf became a staple dinner in our home as the children were growing up. Having learned from my mother how to make meatloaf (she used hamburger meat, ketchup, egg, spices, onion and green pepper) that is how I made it when I started a family. One night I had no ketchup and I substituted barbeque sauce! The kids loved it! Another time I substituted worchestire sauce and they loved that too! When I do use ketchup, I spread a bit on top of the meatloaf as well. When using barbeque sauce I spread some of that on top too. One thing that my kids enjoyed me doing was to make little individual 'loafs' in my muffin pan rather than a regular loaf. This was everyone got some 'crunchy' part (they fought over the end pieces of the loaf!) I suppose if making individual 'loafs' like this, you could separate your burger and make half with ketchup and half without!
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@aretha (2540)
• United States
24 Mar 08
someone else had said bbq sauce,i had never tried it but am gonna. i just said to someone i was gonna do that with the muffin pans. i use them now cuz the kids like it but now there is so many ways i want to try so that would work out great. i am the only one that must have the crunchy end pieces everyone else would rether the middle peices. thanks a bunch
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I can't believe you don't put ketchup in meatloaf!! What you are making is a huge meatball:) I saw Martha Stewart one time making a meatloaf and she said the key ingredient is the ketchup. She said you can never add too much ketchup in a meatloaf. I like it with gravy on top too, but that ketchup is still inside. Hey...if your son eats it that way, stick with it.
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@aretha (2540)
• United States
24 Mar 08
lol my cusion said the samething about the meatball. i will dip mine in the ketchup but can't add it cuz of the kids.
@Chey1970 (1193)
• United States
20 Mar 08
Ok, I am one of the crazy ones who loves ketchup with my meatloaf. But what I do is cook a plain meatloaf(just put seasonings in it) and then make a gravy on the side. And that we all eat it the way we want. Mine with ketchup, others with gravy and my sons plain, tasting more like a burger.
@aretha (2540)
• United States
24 Mar 08
thats a lot of meatloaf. i make mine in cupcake tins some times cuz the kids like it and that would be o good idea,i could do it in them with a bunch of different kids. thanks a bunch
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I like ketchup with brown sugar added to mine and I put it on the top of it and let it bake longer after I've drained the excess grease from it. I also like to add shredded carrots to mine. I like the cheese idea added in the middle of it!
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@aretha (2540)
• United States
24 Mar 08
if you like cheese like we do then you would love it!
• Philippines
30 Mar 08
I prefer meatloaf with ketchup, too, but I don't think you're crazy because you prefer your meatloaf with no ketchup.
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@bronie123 (4596)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I add the ketchup to the top of my meatloaf and bake it so thats its baked on not burned just baked I also will add a bit to mine after it cooked when i get it on my plate cause my fiance isnt a big fan of ketchup
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I don't put it in it. I put it over it in the last ten minutes of cooking it.
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@kblakley (248)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I make meatloaf with ketchup but not as much as some people I know. My family doesn't like it without it. Now, I have a friend who's hubby doesn't like ketchup so she puts in bbq sauce instead. I've never tried it this way, but I've thought about it.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
21 Mar 08
Hi there... I definetly put tomato sauce in our meat loaf, for new zealanders, tomato sauce is what you would call ketchup, and without it meat loaf does not taste the same... Have great day...
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• United States
21 Mar 08
My mother used to bake it with some stewed tomatoes on top I do sometimes Im not a huge ketchup fan but I think it can be tasty with or without I put a number of things in mine along with fresh whole or sliced mushrooms sometimes even jalapenos
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@mosvph (97)
• Philippines
21 Mar 08
"Very ordinary" meatloaf could be helped with ketchup. But I think maybe your meatloaf would have the finer taste of spices and cheeses and it would be a pity to drown that taste off with strong tasting ketchup. No need to worry about being crazy because you don't add ketchup to your meatloaf. Surely, good old meatloaf can be eaten anyway one chooses.
@horsesrule (1962)
• United States
21 Mar 08
No ketchup on my meatloaf, no way! I like my meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy and it all tastes great together!
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• United States
20 Mar 08
You know everyone has their own way of making meatloaf. I actually tried it both ways and found that I prefer it with ketchup just because it gives it a little extra flavor but its not to say that I can't cook it without the ketchup and put it on the side to dip the meatloaf into it. I know many people who don't like ketchup on their meatloaf. I have found that a good number of people like to put beef gravy over it which sounds kind of yummy too. Everyone is different.
@Sillychick (3282)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I don't put ketchup in my meatloaf either. Sometimes I put it on top when I eat it. It is usually so full of flavor it doesn't need ketchup. I put diced onions and green peppers in mine, sometimes garlic, seasoned breadcrumbs, and that is usually enough flavor for me. My mom used to make it just putting the ketchup on top before it goes into the oven. There are dozens of recipes. Try mixing it up sometimes and do different things with it. I do that with all of my recipes. It keeps them from getting old.
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• United States
20 Mar 08
I'm sure other people have revamped the recipe, but I think most people put ketchup on it, I just think that's what people think of when they here the word meatloaf, a log of beef with red topping LOL...
20 Mar 08
I have always wondered what meatloaf is so please excuse me for answering your question as I dont make meatloaf, Being british I have heard of the dish but have never tried it myself. Could anyone tell me what exactly is in it?
@aretha (2540)
• United States
24 Mar 08
oh its very yummy! one of my favorites. its ground buger and then i had eggs and breadcrumbs and all kinds of seasons and garlic. you can add just about anything to it that you want i have even put cheese in the middle of it. some people fill it with onions and peppers. then you bake for about an hour and thats it. its cheaper and easy to make oh yes and oh so yummy.
@snowy22315 (29958)
• United States
18 May 08
I love ketchup on top of meatloaf it is also good with gravy. I saw an Indian recipie once that called for yogurt and cardammon it was ok, but there alot of steps and I may have mesed somehting up.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
11 May 08
LOL! I put ketchup IN it and on it. My meatloaf includes chopped onion, chopped green or red pepper, a packet of dry onion soup mix, oatmeal, salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, worcestershire sauce, ketchup, etc. I spread ketchup on top before I bake also. I have tried pizza sauce on top instead of ketchup and that is good too! I used to have a recipe for one that made its own gravy, I think that I wrapped it in foil and covered it with dry onion soup mix, then poured some hot water on top. As it baked, it would turn into gravy to serve with it over mashed potatoes. Mmmm! My regular one just has the onion soup mix mixed in and brings out the flavor.
@maliki2 (255)
• United States
11 May 08
Meatloaf with ketchup is the only way to GO! I couldn't imagine it without it. But that's how my mother used to make it, so that's how I make it. I probably could live with putting it on top or with gravy!