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History of meatloaf?[edit]

Is anything known about the history of meatloaf? I'm curious. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:58, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

This article states: "American meatloaf[2] has its origins in scrapple, a mixture of ground pork and cornmeal served by German-Americans in Pennsylvania since Colonial times.[2]" Looking at the reference cited, it appears the connection to scrapple is one researcher's "belief" and doesn't, therefore, represent a general consensus. Indeed, as scrapple is a regional food item, it is hard to imagine that meatloaf universally stems from that tradition. More likely meatloaf is a descendant of many cultural influences or, just as likely, is a common sense solution to a similar problem: finding a cheap, convenient, and tasty way to extend meat.

signed for the love of goddess[edit]

--Rakista 23:57, 11 August 2005 (UTC)

Example - My wife`s cooking is so bad she could ruin a meat loaf ! "much canned laughter" See Also The Simpsons - Meat Loaf Night etc..


Yeah, the reason I stayed away from meatloaf was its bad rep from American TV shows - not so much that it's badly cooked, but you see so many situations where teenagers sit around the dinner table and, when told that it's "meatloaf again", raise their eyes to heaven. Anyway, I just made it for the first time tonight and it was goooood!--Shtove 20:40, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Isn't it that meatloaf is a staple dish that's cheap and easy to cook. It's a cliche. - perfectblue 20:00, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

Cat position?[edit]

Should this article also mention that "meatloaf" is a somewhat well known cat position? Its created when the two front paws of a cat are tucked neatly under its body while resting.

--GARYsurvivor 07:40, 9 July 2006 (UTC)

I've never heard of this as being used, and I've owned cats since I was 5. 21:06, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

I have heard of this position. What I haven't heard of is cooking meatloaf in a mug. That's weird.


Meatloaf-like dishes are well-known in other countries, yet the article makes it sound like something inherently American. Could someone try to reduce the American focus of the article a bit? I have no idea where to start. — Ashmodai (talk · contribs) 21:52, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

living in Southern Germany I notice that both meatloaf and hashbrowns ( espoecially in Switzerland ) are common here : did the American version originate in germany? ( note the large number of German immigrants to north west US and the jump meatball to meatloaf is a bigger jump ). 10:22, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

While there are dishes in other countries that have a similar structure to Meatloaf , I think that Meatloaf should be considered to be an intrinsically American dish. Meatballs, British sausages, etc are all quite distinctly different. They have different histories, different shapes/forms and are all consumed in a different way. Thus I think that this is one of those cases where it is fair that a page is Americentric. We can mention other dishes, but I think they shouldn't be much more than as see also.
perfectblue 19:59, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

There are many meatloaf-like dishes extant in the world, but meatloaf itself is a fundamentally American dish, in the same way that, say, sushi is a fundamentally Japanese dish, or cold beans on a dead mouse is a fundamentally British dish. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:02, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Meatloaf itself is not a fundamentally American dish, it is a dish originating from the European cuisines, notably the German and Austrian, into the fusion cuisine of America. Claiming this, it is just a lack of perspective. This is the case with many dishes wich are shared. It is often the case that some countries feel that dishes are their own and forget that others also have them. People need to see that they share traditions with each other.

Warrington (talk) 14:31, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

I can't believe that I even need to say this, but A dish comes from wherever the sources say it comes from. If good sources can be found for any origin, then we use those. LinaMishima (talk) 03:29, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

Texas Meatloaf?[edit]

I live in Texas, and I have never heard of BBQ sauce being put on meatloaf. It is actually much more common for meatloaf to be topped with tomato paste mixed in with the grease, which is also used as a gravy for mashed potatoes.

Head Cheese[edit]

Why is head cheese listed in the see also section? Pgrote 20:47, 1 December 2007 (UTC)

Because head cheese is a mixture of meats, loosely held together with filler, as is meatloaf. Joyous! | Talk 22:19, 1 December 2007 (UTC)

Romanian drob - seriously?[edit]

The Romanian drob is not a version of the meatloaf, it's more a version of haggis, since it's made with lamb's organs (sometimes chicken or pig too), not made out of lamb MEAT. Get your facts straight please. -- 19th May 2011 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:35, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

Meatloaf in Cold cuts[edit]

The cold cuts article lists "Meatloaf" as a type of cold cut, with sub-items including Olive loaf, among others. Should this article mention those, or is there another name for these types of cold cuts? --Joe Sewell (talk) 16:53, 20 April 2012 (UTC)

bum footnote[edit]

^ a b newcitychicago - links to the current issue, not to anything about meatloaf. (talk) 05:02, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

One or Two Words?[edit]

So... I noticed something. Pretty much every dictionary I've read online has this food split into two words: "meat loaf". Like "cheese log". I've also seen it as one word, but that doesn't seem to the the accepted form of the word everywhere. That being the said, is it actually "meatloaf", or is it "meat loaf"? ~ Josephine Lithius (Info|Chat|Edits) 08:44, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Textured Vegetable Protein?[edit]

The Dish section lists textured vegetable protein as one of the "binders, such as:". I've never heard of someone incorporating that in a home-made meatloaf, let alone really any dish. That ingredient is more in the realm of processed foods such as cup-o-noodle in the form of the fake meat bits. Going out on a limb here, but maybe someone was reading from the ingredients of a frozen meatloaf they purchased? It would make sense that a low cost frozen entre would include a cheap filler like that. I'll check back in a week or so and see if anybody has any input. Barring that, I think I'll pull that from the binders list. (talk) 05:25, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Link to italian translation[edit]

There is a problem with the link to the Italian translation, the page linked is but this subpage doesn't exist, the right link should be to The real problem is that when I go to wikidata to correct the link I see already the right one! Am I missing something? Furjo (talk) 09:58, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

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