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Meatloaf is a misunderstood entree. Relegated to cafeteria food and given the same bad rap as fruitcake, it just doesn’t get much respect. But this humble dish is really very tasty when done right, as it is here.

I love meatloaf. This is a very meaty version of meatloaf. My family makes another veggie-filled recipe that I will share in a future blog post.

The sauce is marvelous, but if you have non-sauce lovers in your family, keep the sauce separate and add to individual portions.

It is puzzling why people don’t make meatloaf right, hence today’s song, “Why Don’t You Do Right” sung by Peggy Lee. So you can give meatloaf a little more respect if “you do right” making it from a dependable recipe!



  • 3 pounds ground sirloin
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup 12-grain cereal, ground
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Dash hot pepper flakes
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons dried onion
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Heinz® Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a very large bowl, mix together all meatloaf ingredients.
  2. Pat into a loaf in a 9" x 13" pan. Bake for one hour.
  3. If using sauce, pour heated sauce over the top of the meatloaf at the one-hour mark and bake for 15-20 minutes longer or until sauce is slightly caramelized.
  5. Put ingredients in a large saucepan and heat until just boiling. Whisk ingredients until smooth. Remove from burner.

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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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