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Meatloaf Redux


As you know, I love meatloaf and I love experimenting with it. This is another tasty version!

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Meatloaf Redux


  • 2 cups 8-grain cereal (Bulk Foods)
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yam, uncooked
  • 1 large russet potato, uncooked
  • ½ cup onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 4 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Sauce
  • 2 cups Heinz® ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a very large, microwaveable bowl, place 8-grain cereal, sunflower seeds, parmesan cheese, and milk. Stir.
  3. Microwave mixture for two minutes on high. Remove from microwave and stir.
  4. Wash zucchini, yam and russet potato. Grate then add to mixture.
  5. Dice onion and red pepper. Add to mixture.
  6. Add black pepper, salt, and eggs. Stir to blend eggs into mixture.
  7. Melt butter. Add to mixture.
  8. Add Italian sausage, ground sirloin, and lemon juice. Mix meat and lemon juice into the mixture with your hands.
  9. Shape mixture into two large loaves about 10” long, 5” wide, and 4” high. Place in two 9” x 13” pans. The loaves will not touch the sides of the pans and will be higher than the sides of the pans.
  10. Bake for 75 minutes or until center is cooked through. Remove from oven and pour warm sauce over the loaves. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  11. Sauce
  12. In a large sauce pan, combine ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Simmer on low for about 5 minutes.
  13. This meatloaf is tasty the day it is made. It is even better as leftovers, sliced thinly and fried in a pan a couple of minutes on each side.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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