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Meatloaf with MLK

One of my very favorite authors is Steve Berry. He writes amazing thrillers that are all based on real, historical events. Berry takes a framework of truth and adds an interesting and believable twist. He’s written about the Templars, Thomas Jefferson, the Amber Room, and the Romanovs, as well as many other fascinating historical events and figures.

His latest book, The Bishop’s Pawn, deals with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the last days of his life. At one point, a downhome meatloaf meal is rememebered. Since my mom makes the best meatloaf ever, I figured this was a perfect opportunity to share it with you!

I hope you give this one a try. It’s simple and delicious, a perfect comfort food for all ages!

Ma’s Meatloaf

A wonderfully moist version of the traditional comfort food.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatloaf
Servings: 8


  • 1 lb ground beef Use extra lean for a less greasy dish.
  • 4 slices soft white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1/4 cup beef stock You can also use milk.
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely minced or grated
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat muffin tin with cooking spray or olive oil.
  2. Gently mix all ingredients, using 1/4 cup of ketchup, in a large bowl.
  3. Scoop equally into muffin tin. Pack down gently.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and spread remaining ketchup on the tops of the muffins. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  5. Let rest for 10 minutes before removing from tins.


  • All amounts are approximate. Meatloaf is pretty forgiving so feel free to adjust amounts to your taste. Remember that changes to the recipe may result in changes to cooking times!
  • Want more tang? Add a bit more ketchup.
  • Like spice? Add some sriracha or other hot sauce that you like!
  • Trying to eat more veggies? Grate some carrot, celery, or zucchini into the mix. More veggies will add more moisture, so you may need to reduce the amount of added liquid.
  • Overmixing will make your meatloaf tough. Be gentle!
  • Ovens vary. All cooking times are based on my oven. Yours may be different. Cook until the muffins are brown, slightly crispy on the edges, and have reached an internal temperature of 165°.



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