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Old 01-12-2009, 10:57 AM
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Traditional accompaniment to meatloaf?

I'm going to be making a classic meatloaf this weekend using the Alton Brown recipe but am wondering what would be a really traditional accompaniment to have with this in the U.S? I want to aim for a homely, 1950's yet very authentic American meal on Saturday - possibley three courses if you have ideas for starters and dessert and are feeling charitable? Some ideas for some traditional, non-alcoholic drinks would be cool too!

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Old 01-12-2009, 11:03 AM
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Traditional? Probably canned creamed corn.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:06 AM
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Mashed taters. Anything else is just not right. Round it out with some sort of vegetable, corn is common.

You might else want to serve some sort of dinner roll.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:06 AM
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Yup! Mashed potatoes...and peas. Definitely a dinner roll.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:07 AM
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Corn, or a "vegetable medley" and mashed potatoes.

If you make the meatloaf in a bundt pan, you can put the mashed potatoes in the middle, which would be very 1950s/1960s housewife-ly.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:18 AM
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Yup! Mashed potatoes...and peas. Definitely a dinner roll.
I am eating that at this very moment from last night's leftovers.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:20 AM
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Meatloaf shall be served with heaping piles of mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:20 AM
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nah, baked potatoes are the traditional side. You just toss them in the oven under and around the meatloaf pan. Meatloaf doesn't make gravy, so you can't have mashed. (Well, that was always my mother's reasoning. It works for me.)

For veggies anything green will do. string beans, asparagus, spinach (very '50s), etc.

If you want traditional '50s for your desert you need to bake a round layer cake. Yellow with chocolate buttercream frosting ought to do.

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Old 01-12-2009, 11:21 AM
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Beverages are harder to come up with ... kids would drink milk with meatloaf dinner, and adults would be more inclined to have something alcoholic. Iced tea or lemonade might be a possibility. (As I'm not certain where you are, I should probably mention that American lemonade is flat, not fizzy like what Europeans usually call lemonade.)
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:26 AM
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I agree with Miss Woodhouse's mom - no gravy with meatloaf, so I make buttered parsley potatoes (boiled potatoes with butter, chopped parsley, salt and pepper,) and green beans.

Bread pudding would be a good Southern style dessert. You'll have to make it before the meatloaf, since it takes an hour to bake, unless you have two ovens.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:30 AM
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Mashed potatoes, gravy to cover both those and the meatloaf, and green beans.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:36 AM
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I always make beef rice-a-roni & corn with meat loaf. Because you can't make gravy with meat loaf, so what's the point of mashed potatoes?
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:41 AM
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Gravy schmavy. Mashed potatoes with butter.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:41 AM
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Paprika potatoes. You peel and parboil the potatoes (an important step). Then you put them in the pan with the meat loaf (you've left room when forming it) and sprinkle paprika on them. Occasionally spoon the meat juices over them. When they get crunchy on the outside, they're done.

Vegetable would be frozen or canned corn.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:46 AM
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Because you can't make gravy with meat loaf, so what's the point of mashed potatoes?


They make gravy packets, you know. Meat loaf ain't hawt cewsine, you can use instant gravy without the Food Cops busting you.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:06 PM
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Definitely mashed potatoes and some type of steamed vegetable, usually peas or green beans. Since when do you need gravy for mashed potatoes?
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:11 PM
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Some people top the meat loaf with some sort of tomato sauce (maybe just ketsup). I've never done that but I'm sure it is someone's tradition.

Also not traditional but I have put the meat loaf in a more shallow pan than normal, shaped into a face and used corn to form teeth and peas to make eyes. My pre-teen boys thought it was great.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:32 PM
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Mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and brussel sprouts.

I'd stay away from corn since you already have two other starches.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:47 PM
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Ellen Foley. Though some people have a preference for Karla De Vito.

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Old 01-12-2009, 12:48 PM
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Ellen Foley. Though some people have a preference for Karla De Vito.

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Dammit! I was just trying to set that pun up myself. Props.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:54 PM
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In our house it's steak fries (TheKid dislikes mashed potatoes), peas, and cottage cheese.

If you're making it three courses, I would start with an iceburg lettuce salad - very simple with cucumbers, tomato, red onion.

For dessert either the aformentioned cake or a pudding. My mom often made chocolate pudding for dessert when she went old school. Toss on a dollop of whipped cream and nom nom.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:00 PM
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Baked potatoes and asparagus. Dessert - Sara Lee chocolate cake. Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee!

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Old 01-12-2009, 01:02 PM
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For tomorrow, the only possible accompaniments are mayonanaise and bread -- IMHO meatloaf finds its highest calling in sandwich form.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:16 PM
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When the kids were young, after the meatloaf was about done, I'd frost it with mashed potatoes and put it under the broiler for a bit.

I've made meat loaf gravy - scrape the goodies at the bottom of the pan, add a tiny bit of oil, add onions and mushrooms - carmelize onions, add flour or cornstarch- brown, then add broth. (or use Lipton Onion/Mushroom Gravy)

String beans are THE veggie for meatloaf nights.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:19 PM
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What Silenus said.

Mashed potatoes and green beens.

All else is blasphemy.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:27 PM
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Some people top the meat loaf with some sort of tomato sauce (maybe just ketsup). I've never done that but I'm sure it is someone's tradition.
Someone's tradition, indeed. I like barbecue on mine.

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Old 01-12-2009, 01:27 PM
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Tater tots, because they can share the glory that is Heinz ketchup with the meat loaf.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:28 PM
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For tomorrow, the only possible accompaniments are mayonanaise and bread -- IMHO meatloaf finds its highest calling in sandwich form.
Substitute horseradish sauce for the mayo, and possibly a thin slice of cheddar cheese - almost makes you want to cut back on eating the meatloaf the night before. Almost.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:31 PM
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Don't forget the relish! A meatloaf sandwich is just a sandwich without a healthy layer of pickle relish. And sourdough bread makes the best base.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:39 PM
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I'm a 50's kid and my mom always served meatloaf with scalloped potatoes and baked beans. Ketchup on top of the meatloaf, mandatory.

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Old 01-12-2009, 02:49 PM
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Don't forget the relish! A meatloaf sandwich is just a sandwich without a healthy layer of pickle relish. And sourdough bread makes the best base.
And the vomit smiley is where, now?

Seriously, my meatloaf sandwiches are just the cold leftover meatloaf, and two slices of bread. That's all you need!

(Of course, it doesn't help that I hate all forms of sweet pickle, including relish. Pickles should be salty and sour, dammit!)
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:01 PM
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And the vomit smiley is where, now?

Seriously, my meatloaf sandwiches are just the cold leftover meatloaf, and two slices of bread. That's all you need!

(Of course, it doesn't help that I hate all forms of sweet pickle, including relish. Pickles should be salty and sour, dammit!)
That's why they invented dill pickle relish. Just for you and me.
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:43 PM
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I'd say that "a really traditional accompaniment" to meatloaf would be bluegrass. I'd recommend "Man of Constant Sorrow" (see if you can find Dan Tyminski to sing it for you)--set raight down and smile while yur eatin'.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:08 PM
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I'm old enough to remember the '50s, and authentic meatloaf cuisine.

Mashed potatoes (with butter) and either peas or mixed veggies (also with butter). Peach cobbler for dessert.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:44 PM
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I'm old enough to have been around the first time meatloaf was What's For Dinner...

Mashed potatoes, peas, and a side salad. Mom's homemade apple pie for dessert.

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Old 01-12-2009, 06:44 PM
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Growing up, it was always a baked potato and green beans with our meatloaf.

Mmmm.... the butter would melt and run out of the potato and spill into the meatloaf and green beans. I miss my Mom's cooking! (maybe I'll go over tomorrow night)
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:53 PM
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One does not put gravy on meatloaf. One makes meatloaf with tomato sauce or tomato paste, and then tops it with a bit of ketchup.

I don't recall what Mom used to serve with meatloaf, but I just had some for dinner tonight, and had carrots as a side dish. And Diet Pepsi for the beverage. It was all yummy.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:54 PM
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That's why they invented dill pickle relish. Just for you and me.
My daughter gave me a jar of hot giardinaire relish (the regular stuff chopped fine) for Christmas. That would go well with meatloaf, though I always thought cold meatloaf existed only as a vehicle for ketchup.

ETA: But with the meatloaf? Pickled red cabbage.

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