A Christmas Story Meat Loaf Recipe
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A Christmas Story Meat Loaf Recipe

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I've watched the film “A Christmas Story” so many times since I was a kid. Now I have a family of my own, so I re-created the mom’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, OH
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small green or sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup crushed saltines (about 12)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 cups hot mashed potatoes, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 slice with 1/2 cup mashed potatoes: 436 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 1105mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place a rack in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan; place a 12x8-in. piece of foil in center of rack. In a large bowl, combine eggs, ketchup, onion, green pepper, crushed saltines, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Place over foil rectangle and shape into a 9x6-in. loaf. Bake until a thermometer reads 160°, 50-60 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  2. Transfer meat loaf to a serving plate, discarding foil. Pipe or spread 1 cup mashed potatoes over meat loaf. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with remaining mashed potatoes. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as A Christmas Story Meat Loaf in Taste of Home December 2015, p80

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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angela32 User ID: 3084463 261406
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2017

"This is a very good meatloaf recipe. I changed two small things: I used a full 2 lbs of ground beef and added a little more salt, because of the addition of the meat.

For baking, I did choose to shape mine and bake in a casserole pan...not a loaf pan.
We really liked the addition of the peppers!"

LPHJKitchen User ID: 7521213 259714
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"We are huge fans of bell peppers in anything so we really liked this meatloaf recipe. It held together nicely - especially after resting for a while. We opted to serve the potatoes on the side but still a great recipe we will make again!"

Shari User ID: 8977628 257544
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"your recipe brings back alot of memories. this is the exact same way my mother made her meatloaf while i was growing up. she always said the saltines was the secret ingredient. the only difference in the presentation was that the mashed potatoes were served to the side with my favorite - brussels sprouts - we always called them cababages, which meant baby cabbages."

ladonnanoack User ID: 8115788 246884
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"My family loved this meatloaf. I am not a big ground beef eater, and even I loved it. I will continue to make it, as it has replaced any other meatloaf recipe I used."

Kytin User ID: 6180725 246702
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"I really loved this meatloaf. It is the best I've ever had. It does help to put foil over it once you pull it out of the oven so it has time to set up before you cut it. You can let it sit for about an hour if you would like to, so it does have plenty of time to cool off before cutting. The flavor was so good and I love the mashed potatoes on top. It makes this meatloaf dish very different and delicious. I will be making this often for my family to enjoy."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 242473
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"The meat could have been a little more flavorful. I was worried at first that it wouldn't hold together, but letting it rest for 10 minutes is the key. It held together perfectly. I'll try this again being more aggressive with seasonings."

ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 242158
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I didn't add the mashed potatoes but the meatloaf was great!"

Dvstall User ID: 5822069 240564
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"I made this delicious-sounding recipe a couple of days ago and followed the recipe exactly. The meat loaf did not hold together, and it stuck to the foil. I ended up transferring it to a casserole and re-named it Meatloaf casserole. I will not make this again."

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 237098
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"I made this meatloaf last night and it was a huge hit. It was very, very moist and flavorful, and only contains ingredients I always have on hand. I tried to rush it and not let it stand for 10 minutes, which was a big error. I found that this recipe really needs time to set-up after it's out of the oven. It's really that moist that it started to fall apart when I hurriedly cut into it. I stopped and tented it for the suggested time and it made all the difference. I will definitely make again!"

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