Cauliflower Center Meatloaf

Preparation time: 20 min.
Baking time: 45 to 50 min.
Oven temperature: 350°F

This savor meatloaf shaped around a whole cauliflower, giving you meat and vegetable all in one casserole. You might place potatoes in the same oven to bake along with the meatloaf.

For 4 servings you will need:
1 small cauliflower (about 1 1/4 lbs.)
Salted water
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 egg
1/4 cup catsup or chili sauce
1/3 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
Dash pepper
1 lb. lean ground beef

Tips: A straight-sided soufflé dish, glass or ceramic, is the ideal baking dish for this meatloaf.

For 2 servings:
Half of the ingredients. Use 1/2 head of cauliflower.

For 8 servings:
Double the ingredients. Bake 2 meatloaves.


1. Rinse cauliflower. Remove and discard leaves and lower part of core. Place, stem end down, in 1 inch of boiling salted water in a deep pan.

2. Cover and steam for 5 min. Drain. Place in greased, deep 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

3. Cook onion in heated butter until lightly browned. Remove from heat.

4. Beat egg in a medium bowl. Mix in catsup, bread crumbs, garlic salt, and pepper. Then lightly mix in onion mixture and ground beef.

5. Mold ground beef mixture evenly around sides and top of cauliflower.

6. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 to 50 min. or until meat is well browned and cauliflower is tender when a knife is inserted to test it.

7. Let stand 5 min., then cut in wedges to serve.

Good served with: Baked potatoes and lettuce and tomato salad.

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7 thoughts on “Cauliflower Center Meatloaf

  1. Pingback: Vintage Cauliflower Meatloaf Recipe – EAT it NOW or EAT it LATER

  2. Carmen Valentine

    OMG! I actually was IN this recipe club back in the 80s…I still have several of the cards! So THIS is where I got the idea for this recipe….I made it a lot back in the day, we loved it. Nice to find it again!

  3. mooandrew

    We made this! It’s actually a simple thing to do when you’re making a meatloaf, and the presentation is really fun. I doubled the recipe and cooked it in our Dutch oven. Next time I would do something to jazz up the cauliflower – spice it up, maybe poke holes in it after steaming and fill with cheese, chopped garlic, etc.

  4. mooandrew

    We made this and it came out great! Cooked it in a 7 qt Dutch oven so the meatloaf didn’t come all the way to the edges, it was more orb-shaped. Really this is no more trouble than making a meatloaf on its own, and the presentation is much nicer.

    Next time I would jazz up the cauliflower a bit as it was kind of bland – poke some holes in it after steaming and full them with cheese, garlic, hot peppers maybe?

    Thanks for sharing! This will be a standard preparation for us now.


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