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Meat Loaf: Yes, Virginia, There Is a Great Meat Loaf!

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Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


For the Meatloaf

  • pounds ground beef (ground shoulder roast is good)
  • 1 slice bread torn or chopped finely
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small Vidalia onion (or other type of sweet onion, such as Walla Walla) finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ to ⅔ cup milk or half-and-half

For the Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons firmly packed, dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Combine the meat loaf ingredients in a large bowl; stir them gently so as not to compact the mixture too much. Place the mixture into a loaf-shaped baking dish, patting it so the sides of the mixture don’t quite touch the sides of the pan. Smooth out the top.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients, varying the amount of brown sugar according to your taste, and pour the sauce over the top and sides of the meat loaf.
  • Bake for 1 to 1¼ hours, or until the meat loaf is nicely browned; there should not be juices pooled in the pan by this point.


— Nita Holleman, Food.com
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