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Pat Nixon's Meatloaf

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A meatloaf is a great way to stretch a few pounds of ground beef into a hearty family main. Check out this meatloaf recipe that was brought to the Whitehouse by Pat Nixon in the late 60's and even appeared on campaign door knockers.

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook time: 1 hr

Yield: 6-8 Servings


  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 slices white bread

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 lb lean ground beef

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • 1/4 tsp marjoram

  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste


  1. Melt butter in a pan, adding onions and garlic and sautéing until golden. Allow to cool.

  2. Dice bread and soak in milk.

  3. In a large bowl, mix beef by hand with onions, garlic and bread. Add eggs, salt, pepper, parsley, thyme and marjoram. Mix thoroughly so all the ingredients are evenly distributed in the loaf.

  4. Using a wire rack on a baking sheet, shape the meat into a loaf shape. I don't use a loaf pan because this allows the grease to drain from the meatloaf. Brush the top with the 2 tbsp of tomato paste.

  5. Sprinkle top with breadcrumbs and refrigerate for an hour to firm up the loaf.

  6. Bake in. a375F oven for 1 hour. Allow to stand a few minutes before slicing.

Zhuzh it up!

  • Divide the recipe in half for a great weeknight dinner for a family of 4.

This amazing recipe is by Pat Nixon and is from Sarah Morgan of Cooking with the First Ladies


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