There are a couple of meals that always remind me of my childhood: tuna casserole, Hamburger Helper and meatloaf. My mom was not a gourmet cook by any stretch, and her version of meatloaf was a recipe that included hamburger, bread crumbs, an egg, salt & pepper, mixed together with some ketchup spread on the top. She put it in a loaf pan and remember it swimming in grease--she was not known to cook with low-fat meats. Everything was salted before it was tasted--is that a 70's thing, or just our household? Maybe that's why I rarely make meatloaf myself.
In any event, this meatloaf is a much fancier and yummier version of the one I remember. The McCormick's seasoning used added a nice flavor, and I liked how the grated apple added to the flavor of the pork. Potatoes were plain, but good. My only problem was the green beans. Why did they turn so brown? They started turning color in just a few minutes after they started baking. The flavor was meh. (Although I am not a huge fan of roasted green beans, generally.) --If I ordered this again, I would cook them another way. I cooked them a few minutes less than instructed, because I tend to prefer them a little crisper. The recipe card rated this one as "hard" to prepare, but I didn't find it that challenging. I was surprised to see that, actually, because I would have put it in the "easy" category--so don't let that fool you!
My husband liked this one, and my kids thought it was fairly good. They wouldn't beg me to make this again, I suspect, but it was a decent meal. I wouldn't enthusiastically recommend this one, but it was good.
Here's the recipe, if you want to try and recreate--all of the meatloaf ingredients are ones that are pretty readily available:
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