Dick Emery’s Potato Crusted Meatloaf

Oh what a glorious thing it was to see!


I made this for Vic (who had gifted me the most excellent Dick Emery Cookbook) and Corinna, one school night the other week.  We drunk much Mateus Rose (Vic’s new drink of choice) and much beer, and recited many of Dick’s catchphrases.

Hello Honkytonks

                                                                               Hello Honky Tonks!


Ooh!  You are awful, but I like you!

I am guessing that my American readers probably don’t know Dick Emery.  He was a very popular TV comedian here in the 1970s and 1980s.  If I just copy and paste the Wikipedia information about Dick’s 1972 film Ooh… You Are Awful, it will probably tell you all you need to know…  “The plot of this comedy centred on Emery hunting down a bank account number. The digits of the number are tattooed on the bottoms of four young women.”


Ha ha!  You have to have a certain sense of humour to appreciate Dick.  Luckily, I have it.  As does Vic and Mr Rathbone (who I believe has a copy of Ooh.. You Are Awful on DVD somewhere).  Not sure if Corinna has ever seen Dick Emery, I think she’d like it too.


Both Vic and Corinna (who is Austrian so knows about these things), said this was the BEST MEATLOAF EVER, and I am inclined to agree.  Although regular readers will know that I often bang on about whether Joan Crawford’s Meatloaf, Jayne Mansfield’s Meatloaf or Theodore Bikel’s Meatloaf are the best.  Let’s face it, meatloaf is brilliant, especially when it has potato on top (Dick’s suggestion) and beans all around it (my idea, pinched from a magazine).


I think from now on, all my meatloaves will be made to this model.  Mash and beans.  Yum!


Let me know if you would like Dick’s recipe by getting in touch via my Contact Page.  I’ll type it up and send it over…

4 Responses to Dick Emery’s Potato Crusted Meatloaf

  1. Greg 23 Oct, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    Your “frosted” meatloaf is picture perfect! A remarkable retro-recreation done right! Funny how you’ve become such a meatloaf aficionado in just these last couple of years! Soon you’ll need to try Rock Hudson’s meatloaf! It would be rediculous for it’s 30 ingredients, if it wasn’t so darn tasty! (And honestly I have to say that Stewert Stern, scriptwriter of “Rebel Without a Cause,” makes the absolute best! You’ll LOVE it…it has BEER in it…)

    • Jenny 27 Oct, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

      Ah yes, I think you sent me the Stewert Stern recipe – I am DEFFO trying that, AND Rock Hudson. Winter is a’coming in, and I will eat LOTS OF MEATLOAF!

  2. Taryn 23 Oct, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    I was just thinking it had been a long time since I have made meatloaf. THIS is the one I am making, complete with beans on the side. Genius. Love it! xx

    • Jenny 27 Oct, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      Ha ha – great stuff Taryn! I’ll send you the recipe – let me know how it turns out. We thought it was TERRIFIC!

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