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Southern-Style Meatloaf

Meatloaf is such a versatile dish and is always very tasty. This recipe features a true Southern staple – Pimento Cheese. Serve it with a hearty helping of mashed red potatoes and a crusty bread.


Southern-Style Meatloaf

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Servings 8 people


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots shredded
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup saltine crackers crushed
  • 1/3 cup Ritz crackers crushed
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1-1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 12 oz refrigerated pimiento cheese
  • Optional: Shredded sharp cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes. Add carrots and garlic; cook and stir until tender, 1-2 minutes longer. Transfer vegetable mixture to a large bowl. Add eggs, crackers and seasonings. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  • Shape into an 8×4-in. loaf in a greased 11×7-in. baking dish. Bake, covered, for 45minutes. Uncover and bake until a thermometer reads 160°F, 15-20 minutes longer.
  • Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into slices; spread with pimiento cheese. Serve with potatoes and, if desired, shredded cheese and jalapeno.


Serve with hot mashed red potatoes.
Keyword Meatloaf, Southern-Style Meatloaf
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