Meat Loaf for Tea

Another curious discovery from Martha Washington’s Rules for Cooking: meatloaf for tea.

The recipe is titled “Beef Loaf.” It has only four ingredients: finely chopped lean steak, eggs, salt, and powdered crackers. This is formed into a loaf, dotted with butter, and baked. It is described as a “delicious relish for lunch or tea.”

I picture the cream of the social set of 1932 dressed in their ancestor’s Revolutionary finery and consuming dainty slices of Beef Loaf with their tea (served in authentic family heirloom tea cups of course). I doubt that the Virginian gentry of the 1770s would have munched such bland fare with their tea.


About Cooking with Clio

I am a historian. I teach at a large Southern California University. I love to cook and garden and I have recently taken up sewing.
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