Delicious Homemade Meatloaf Recipe for Your Family

You know what they say: there’s nothing like a good, classic meatloaf to warm up your belly and your heart. And let me tell you, this recipe for 50’s Prime Time Cafe – Mom’s Meatloaf Recipe is so delicious, it’ll make you feel like you’ve just taken a trip back in time.

If you’ve ever been to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and had the pleasure of sampling mom’s favorite recipes at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, then you know that this meatloaf is one of the standout dishes on the menu. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s become something of a legend among fans of Disney food – and now, with this recipe, you can recreate it in your own kitchen.

Now, you might be thinking that making meatloaf seems like a lot of work. But let me assure you, with this recipe, it couldn’t be simpler. Plus, once you take that first bite of juicy, flavorful meat infused with Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, topped with a sweet glaze made from ketchup and brown sugar…well, let’s just say that any effort involved will be more than worth it.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you’re looking for a comforting home-cooked meal or want to wow your dinner guests with some 50s-style nostalgia, this Mom’s Meatloaf Recipe is sure to hit the spot.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

50's Prime Time Cafe - Mom's Meatloaf
50’s Prime Time Cafe – Mom’s Meatloaf

Do you love comfort food that brings sweet memories of your childhood? Look no further, as I present you with the classic meatloaf recipe from the 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This Mom’s Meatloaf recipe will take you on a trip down memory lane with every single bite.

This meatloaf is a prime example of the restaurant’s motto: “home-cooked goodness.” The blend of ground pork and beef, combined with perfectly seasoned breadcrumbs and diced onions, creates a moist and flavorful meatloaf that melts in your mouth. What sets this recipe apart is the addition of red and green bell peppers, which bring an additional crunch and sweetness to the dish.

The combination of brown sugar, Dijon mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, coarse salt, and black peppercorns makes for an unbeatable sauce that complements the dish beautifully. The savory and slightly sweet flavors are guaranteed to make your taste buds dance with joy.

What adds to the charm of this Mom’s Meatloaf recipe is its versatility. You can serve it as a hearty main dish for dinner or slice it up for an indulgent sandwich. You can customize it by substituting or adding ingredients to your liking. You can even make it ahead of time, store it in the fridge or freezer, and reheat it whenever you crave some comfort food.

This meatloaf is one of my favorite recipes from my Mom’s favorite recipes collection. It’s a true reflection of traditional American cuisine made with wholesome ingredients that nourish both your body and soul. So why not give this recipe a try? I promise you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

Here’s what you need to get started with the iconic Mom’s Meatloaf recipe from the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Make sure to gather all ingredients before you begin!

Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper


  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns

Note: You can easily adjust the seasoning measurements to taste, especially if you prefer a spicier or sweeter meatloaf.

The Recipe How-To

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Before starting with the recipe, we need to preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Step 2: Mix up the Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 lb of ground beef, 1/4 lb of ground pork, 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of diced onions, 1/4 cup of diced green bell peppers, 2 eggs, slightly beaten, and 1/4 cup of milk. Mix all the ingredients well by hand until everything is well blended.

Step 3: Add more Flavor

Add 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of coarse salt (to taste), black peppercorns(to taste), 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons of ketchup to meat mixture. Mix everything together until fully incorporated.

Step 4: Form the Loaf

Take a 9×5-inch loaf pan and fill it with the meatloaf mixture. Press lightly to pack it down and even out the top. Spread an additional 2 to 3 tablespoons of ketchup on top of the loaf.

Step 5: Bake

Bake in the preheated oven for about an hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C). Let it rest for few minutes before slicing and serving.

Serve it with mashed potatoes, gravy, and steamed vegetables for a classic meal at home.

Good Luck!

Substitutions and Variations

Now, I know that not everyone will be able to get all these ingredients. But don’t fret, because there are substitutes that you can use in place of some of the ingredients.

For instance, if you don’t have Dijon mustard on hand, regular yellow mustard will suffice. Or, if you’re out of brown sugar, white sugar mixed with molasses can substitute for it. In addition, diced red peppers can replace the green peppers if they aren’t readily available.

If you want to switch up the meatloaf’s flavor profile, try using ground turkey instead of beef or pork. You can also add a teaspoon of cumin or chili powder to give it a nice smoky taste. Plus, adding extra breadcrumbs will create a denser meatloaf while reducing the breadcrumbs will end up with a lighter texture.

To make this recipe gluten-free for individuals with dietary needs or preferences, feel free to switch the seasoned breadcrumbs with gluten-free bread crumbs or almond flour. Alternatively, quinoa flakes or cornflakes work well as binding agents as well.

And if you’re looking for a way to spice up the classic meatloaf recipe further, a tablespoon or two of hot sauce is tested and proven to bring your traditional meatloaf alive!

There are various ways to customize this recipe according to your liking and availability of ingredients. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Serving and Pairing

Now, let’s talk about how to serve and pair this 50’s Prime Time Cafe – Mom’s Meatloaf recipe. This dish is versatile and can be accompanied by various sides, making it a perfect addition to your weeknight dinner rotation.

The classic side dish for meatloaf is mashed potatoes, as they complement the savory nature of the dish. When it comes to serving this dish, you can opt to slice the meatloaf and serve it with a generous helping of creamy mashed potatoes on the side or on top of each slice. You can also add some gravy for an even heartier meal.

Another delicious option is roasted vegetables, particularly green beans or carrots. The sweet and smoky undertones of the meatloaf perfectly balance out the fresh taste and crunchiness of these two vegetables. For an extra burst of flavor, we recommend adding some grated Parmesan on top.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, try serving this meatloaf alongside a hearty salad dressed with vinaigrette. Pick greens with slightly bitter profiles like arugula or endive to cut through the richness of the meatloaf.

If you want a more indulgent pairing, opt for macaroni and cheese. The flavor of this baked pasta dish enhances the comforting taste of the meatloaf. Put it all together and you will have a meal that will take you back in time and leave your taste buds satisfied.

No matter what sides you choose, remember that almost anything goes well with Mom’s Meatloaf recipe from 50’s Prime Time Cafe. It’s flexible enough to accommodate your creativity!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Listen up, boys and girls, because I’m about to give you some crucial information on make-ahead, storing and reheating this 50’s Prime Time Cafe – Mom’s Meatloaf recipe.

First off, you can make the meatloaf ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days before cooking. This means no last-minute panic attacks and more time to relax before your guests arrive.

And if you don’t finish the whole thing (which seems impossible to me), don’t worry because this meatloaf stores like a dream. Simply wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and stick it in the fridge for up to five days. You can reheat individual slices in a microwave for about a minute or so, or reheat the whole thing in an oven (preheated at 350°F) for approximately 15 minutes.

Now, there’s just one thing I need to stress – please do not overcook this meatloaf! It’s important not to dry it out by leaving it in the oven for too long. To avoid this tragedy, cover the dish with foil while reheating in the oven. This will lock in moisture and ensure that your meatloaf comes out juicy and tender every single time.

You’ve got this! With these tips at your disposal, there’s no reason why you can’t indulge yourself in delicious meatloaf goodness any day of the week.

Tips for Perfect Results

Preparing the perfect meatloaf is not rocket science, but there are some tips that you can follow to make sure that your creation is mouth-watering and tender. Here are some suggestions from someone who has made countless mom’s meatloaf recipes in their life.

Firstly, use high-quality ingredients so that the flavors shine through. A good quality ground beef and pork blend will do wonders for the final product, making your meatloaf juicy and slightly crispy on the outside, while remaining fork-tender inside.

Secondly, don’t skimp on seasoning. The recipe already includes flavorful ingredients like Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, but don’t forget to add a pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to enhance the taste even more. It makes all the difference.

Thirdly, be gentle with the mixture when mixing it up. Overmixing can result in a dense and dry loaf. Combine the ingredients using your hands or a fork until they’re just blended.

Fourthly, let your meatloaf rest for at least 10 minutes after removing it from the oven before slicing into it. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the loaf, ensuring that they won’t spurt out when you cut it open.

Lastly, experiment with different variations of toppings and fillings to customize this classic dish to suit your preferences. You can try spreading some ketchup mixed with brown sugar over the top of your meatloaf or incorporating finely chopped red bell pepper or green bell pepper into the mixture for a signature twist.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a delectable 50’s Prime Time Cafe – Mom’s Meatloaf Recipe that is sure to become a favorite among your family and friends.

Bottom Line


And there we have it, folks – an authentic, mouthwatering recipe that’ll transport you straight to the golden age of family dining. Whether you’re looking to recreate mom’s favorite recipes or simply wanting to indulge in a classic meatloaf served up in style, the Mom’s Meatloaf recipe from 50’s Prime Time Cafe is the way to go.

From its perfectly blended ingredients, savory spices, and generous portions, to all the tips and tricks detailed above, this easy-to-follow recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves comfort food done right.

So go ahead, gather your friends and family around your dinner table or bring it as a potluck contribution, and let them savor the taste of tradition with every delicious bite. I promise you won’t be disappointed – this meat loaf will beat any other fried chicken or pot roast – this is Mom’s shining star!

Whether you’re exploring Disney’s Hollywood Studios or whipping up meals at home, always remember that good food takes time and attention but the results are worth it! Don’t hesitate to experiment with different variations or make-ahead tweaks and always keep your guests’ or family members’ preferences in mind.

With Mom’s Meatloaf recipe in your culinary arsenal, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a kitchen pro – just like those talented chefs and cooks from 50’s Prime Time Cafe who have brought our beloved mom’s favorite recipes straight from their kitchen to ours. Thank you Walt Disney World for sharing such an amazing gem with us!

50’s Prime Time Cafe – Mom’s Meatloaf Recipe

Chef Marianne Hunnel

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F; lightly oil two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2" loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef,pork, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, green and red bell peppers, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, cracked peppercorns and salt just until well blended; do not over mix.
  3. Divide the meat mix in half, shape into 2 loaves, and place in the prepared loaf pans. bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the internal temperature taken with an instant-read thermometer is 155°F.
  4. In a small bowl, stir the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. brush the meatloaf with the ketchup mixture and bake for 10 minutes longer.
  5. Remove meatloaf from oven and let stand for 10 minute before serving.
Main Course
< 4 Hours, Meat, Pork

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