Food Network chef Paula Deen has an old-fashioned meatloaf recipe she calls "basic." Southern food expert Diana Rattray and TV chef Andrew Zimmern also have recipes for grandma-style meatloaf.
Paula Deen's meatloaf recipe calls for flavoring 1 pound of ground beef with salt, pepper and 8 ounces canned diced tomatoes. Mix the meat with 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, 1 beaten egg and 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats. Form into a loaf, and top with a mixture of 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon mustard. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.
Diana Rattray's recipe recommends replacing half the ground beef with ground pork and adding 2 ribs of chopped celery to the mix. Instead of topping the meatloaf, mix 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup chili sauce and 3 tablespoons milk with the meat. Keep the egg and oats, but omit the canned tomatoes. Shape and cook the meatloaf the same way.
Andrew Zimmern's recipe calls for more ingredients. Start with a mixture of 1 pound each of ground beef, pork and veal. Saute chopped onion, celery, spinach and celery with 2 pinches nutmeg in butter. Combine the vegetables with the meats and 1/4 cup milk, 2 beaten eggs and 2 cups bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper, and form the meatloaf on top of 1 slice of bacon. Top with tomato paste and another bacon slice before baking at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours.