Comfort Food {Meatloaf & French Apple}

How about if we start off the weekend with some yummy recipes?

On today’s Menu:

BEST Meatloaf EVER

and for dessert (& maybe for breakfast & a snack & maybe for lunch):

French Apple Cake (with whipped cream – of course)

Yesterday afternoon – after taking in all the wonderful fall bounty from Rhoda’s fall y’all party – I was inspired to fill the homestead with the smells of fall.  As a side note as a result of this party -- I’ve also – strangely for me – been saying y’all all day long…which fits great in Alabama but people are looking at me a bit strangely up here in the northland!!   But I think it’s cool - so there….y’all!

Ok – so let’s start of with the MEATLOAF.  When I was growing up – this was THE requested comfort food.  The code-name of this recipe was Spiderman Meatball so that my little brother would eat it – did the trick & the name stuck so now even my little ones call it that. 

Ok here goes:

Start of with about 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef (for my family of four & we then have some leftovers)


Tear up soft bread into bits (I usually user 4 or 5 slices & I use up the heel, etc – also can use extra hot dog or hamburger buns, etc.)


Mix with 2 eggs & season to your taste with salt & pepper


Spray a dutch oven (covered pan) & form into a few smaller loaves (otherwise known as huge Spiderman meatballs -  remember?)  These are a little bigger than my hand for perspective.


Then pour a can of tomato sauce over the top – put the lid on the pan


and place in the oven with your baking potatoes at 350 degrees for about an hour and 15 minutes or so.


and you get yummyness --


Ok -- on to the main course – { dessert! }

My wonderful neighbor brought over some fresh picked apples & I made use of them right away.

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Peel, peel, peel.  Do you see my peeler there – took some getting used to but I LOVE IT – makes it WAY quicker to peel than via paring knife or older peeler versions


My girlie was helping to prep the apples but it got a little scary with the wielding of the old dull peeler so we switched jobs & she helped stir, etc.

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About 6 or 7 cups of peeled, thinly sliced apples get placed in a sprayed 9 x 13 pan



1 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup half & half

2 T. softened butter

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 eggs

3/4 cup bisquick mix

068Mix all that up & pour over the cut up apples already in the baking dish

French Topping:

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 T. firm butter

1 cup bisquick mix


Mix that all up with pastry blender & sprinkle over the apple/filling


Bake at 350 for about 1 hour.

Enjoy these taste of fall – Have a great weekend – y’all

Chat soon -

Northern Cottage


  1. Yummo! Love the meatloaf, a bit different that the way I make it so I definitely want to give it a try. The apple dessert has my mouth watering. Thank you for sharing!

    Happy Fall!

  2. We had meatloaf this week actually! And baked apples with different meals over the last two weeks. LOVING them!

  3. Hello friend! Oh, I am drooling over the photos of the meal you served. I love all comfort foods...meat and potatoes are my fave. And that dessert looks so yummy. Apple dishes are the BEST this time of year! And that peeler - how cool is that! Thank you for sharing, and happy holidays.


  4. I made meatloaf Tuesday! Love it for leftovers. Will have to try that apple dessert. cherry


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