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There are a lot of meatloaf varieties out there.
Seemingly every family has its own, super-secret family meatloaf recipe. Unless, of course, you grew up in a meatless household as I did—and no, that wasn’t a gay joke. Some meatloaf recipes throw in unique additions, like bacon or a soft-boiled egg, but one recipe, in particular, has the internet chattering. The secret ingredient? Revenge.
“When I was little my mom’s meatloaf was my favorite food,” the original poster wrote. “But ONLY her meatloaf. I didn’t like anyone else’s, and she told me that she would teach me how to make it when I was older.”
The story goes on to reveal that at 19, OP was finally old enough to be trusted with the recipe. They were only allowed to learn it under the condition that they would never, EVER tell anyone else.
“Anyway, she was super fucking homophobic and abusive to me when I told her I was gay, so here’s the recipe,” the post reads. The poster dubbed the recipe “revenge loaf.”
Revenge Meatloaf from tumblr
I’ve never had revenge meatloaf before, but I assume it tastes like delicious, rainbow-tinted vengeance. In order to prepare your own helping of sweet—or should I say savory—justice, you’ll need 4-6 pounds of ground beef or turkey, one packet of onion soup or ranch mix, one tablespoon of ketchup, one tablespoon of spicy brown mustard, one tablespoon of barbecue sauce, one tablespoon of steak sauce, and one egg. Just mix it all together, and shape into a loaf. Bake the whole thing at 350 degrees for two hours. Or, as OP invites you to do, cook it for “two and a half if you’re feeling dangerous.”
As it turns out, revenge is best served hot and with a side of mashed potatoes.
The recipe might have wallowed in minor fame, sequestered to a corner of Reddit if not for Marjorie Ingall. She shared the recipe on Twitter Friday, where it quickly caught the internet’s attention.
“Last night my LGBT kid told me about Revenge Meatloaf and tonight I made Revenge Meatloaf,” she wrote.
Aw yeah I love the spiteloaf— Official State birb of Msaechubaets (@CaseuOiseau) November 23, 2019
The internet immediately fell in love with revenge loaf or, as one commenter put it, “spite loaf.”
Also: TIL revenge meatloaf has no breadcrumbs which is whoa— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) November 23, 2019
I like the way you think.— Marjorie Ingall (@MarjorieIngall) November 23, 2019
And revenge!— Philippa Lodge (@plaatsch) November 24, 2019
Artist rendering pic.twitter.com/KyW2QjhFIv— Mobius (@Mbss3000) November 23, 2019
There was some real concern over the amount of meat called for in the recipe. Ingall admitted the resulting loaf, after using the low end of recommended meat, was “fucking humungous.”
“Bulged out of my biggest loaf pan. And no bread crumbs! It was a MEAT WAD. Definitely tasty,” she tweeted.
MEAT WAD.— Lily Burana 🗽 (@lilyburana) November 23, 2019
i used four pounds. (which is twice as much as i have ever used in any meatloaf in the past.)— Marjorie Ingall (@MarjorieIngall) November 23, 2019
I feel like the amount of meat has to be a mistake. The amount of seasoning and only one egg feels like it’s for one or two pounds.— Berry Lynn Trever (@berry3rd) November 23, 2019
I love how one half of the comments is "i love the revengeloaf and revenge in general" and the other half is like "THATS TOO MUCH MEAT FOR A MEATLOAF"— The Disaster Master (@duchessofdongs) November 23, 2019
Regardless of how they decided to prepare it, the internet is here for revenge loaf.
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.