Announcing National Meatloaf Appreciation Day

Meatloaf: You can make it from a classic pork-veal-beef mixture or with lean ground turkey. You can flavor-boost it with a packaged soup mix or deck it out with fresh herbs, dried fruits, and exotic meats. Meatloaf lends itself to improvisation while being comforting, and unites tradition and innovation. Maybe your recipe is your grandmother's or maybe you make it up as you go along. It ain't always pretty, but it's just the thing for satisfying your soul, true sweater-weather food, and a home-cooked standard.

We're declaring Thursday, October 18 "National Meatloaf Appreciation Day" and are creating a food event to capture the festivities. What does this mean for you?

  1. BETWEEN NOW AND OCTOBER 16TH, PREPARE A MEATLOAF. You can use an existing recipe as written or come up with your own, make it a fancy foie gras–studded affair or stick to the basics.
  2. TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR DISH and write about how you made it, the details of its deliciousness and how you felt through your meatloaf-making process.
  3. IF YOU HAVE A BLOG, POST YOUR MEATLOAF EXPERIENCE as an entry by October 16, with "National Meatloaf Day" in the title. Please send an email to with the following details: Your name, blog URL, URL of your National Meatloaf Day post, and a picture for your entry in the roundup.
  4. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A BLOG, CAPTURE YOUR MEATLOAF EXPERIENCE IN AN EMAIL, including your name, location, recipe, and meatloaf photo and send to
  5. READ THE ROUNDUP HERE ON OCTOBER 18. Participants at Serious Eats will include Ed Levine and Adam Kuban.

You have plenty of time, so join us on National Meatloaf Appreciation Day to celebrate the great variety and limitless potential of this humble main course!