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Gay Kimmel's Meatloaf

Kristy Olsen shares her thoughts on the community created when we gather around the table. Her mother's tried-and-true meatloaf recipe is part of her go-to menu. If you're a recovering perfectionist who gets nervous about having people in your home, she has advice for you! Kristy shares her favorite recipe app to make planning easier. It may be what you're looking for! (Visit for the recipe and more!)

Gay Kimmel's Meatloaf - aka, Mamasita or Nani

Meatloaf: 1 pound ground beef

1/3 cup oatmeal

1/3 cup milk

1/2 green pepper, chopped (could be more if desired)

salt and pepper

1 egg

1/2 onion, chopped


1/2-3/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon mustard, optional

Serve with: Potatoes, baked or instant pot

Green salad OR Roasted veggies

Garlic bread


1. Put the beef, oatmeal, milk, green pepper, salt and pepper, egg, and onion in a bowl and smoosh it all together using your hands/fingers.

2. Put it into a loaf pan or casserole dish.

3. Mix and top meatloaf with 1/2-3/4 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon mustard. Bake 1 hour at 350°.

(Double and freeze for another meal! Can be baked straight from the freezer - allow a bit of extra time in case it takes longer to cook.)

Gay Kimmel's Meatloaf
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