The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna's Meatloaf

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf

One of my favorite recipes is Anna’s Meatloaf. Y’all know the story, right? Anna was my best friend in college. We worked together, hung out together, cooked together.

She would make this great meatloaf, and when I moved back home, she gave me the recipe. Like, gave me the recipe. As in, “Here. Use it, royalty free.” So I put it in my cookbook. [She did, of course, garner a free copy of The Unemployment Cookbook.]

Ever since, Anna’s meatloaf has been a go-to family favorite. Even the cats love it. [Read: “I Just Want to Eat My Stinkin’ Food!”]

Like most of the recipes in the The Unemployment Cookbook, Anna’s Meatloaf is both a stand-alone recipe, and a basic suggestion.

Most recently, I took it as a suggestion and added a few extras, which turned this basic dish into a hearty, flavorful new classic.

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna's Meatloaf, with McCormick's Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasonings

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf, with McCormick’s Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasonings

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

The Unemployment Cookbook: Anna’s Meatloaf


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup rice, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 12 saltine squares
  • milk
  • McCormick's Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven seasonings, to taste


  1. Crumble saltine squares into a bowl. Add just enough milk to cover. Set aside to allow them to get soggy.
  2. In large bowl, mix ground beef, onion, rice, egg and a few dashes of seasonings.
  3. Add soggy crackers. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Shape into ungreased loaf pan. Top with more seasonings.
  5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.

Served with a side of vegetables or scalloped potatoes, Anna’s Meatloaf is perfect for cool autumn evenings and busy weekends. This hearty, warm, and easy recipe promises to bring your people to the table.

Ready for Dinner: Anna's Meatloaf

Ready for Dinner: Anna’s Meatloaf

Now it’s your turn: What are some of your go-to favorite recipes?

[Find the original Anna’s Meatloaf recipe and many others in The Unemployment Cookbook.]

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

[DISCLAIMER: Any outside product or company referenced in this recipe is not affiliated with Frankly, My Dear . . ., Molly Jo Realy, New Inklings Press, or The Unemployment Cookbook. Several years ago I won a #GrillMatesPack from Chatterbox and McCormick, and have been enjoying McCormick’s seasoning products since. I have not been otherwise compensated for any mention or reference in this or any other post.]


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