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Southern-Style Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing


6 servings

When my husband and I moved down South, we discovered our love for pimiento cheese! It adds southern flair to this meat loaf recipe. My husband loves his cheese, so he likes to add a sprinkle of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and diced jalapeno on top for an added kick. —Patricia Getson, Wilmington, North Carolina
Southern-Style Meat Loaf Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup crushed saltines (about 10 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup crushed Ritz crackers (about 10 crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) refrigerated pimiento cheese
  • Hot mashed red potatoes
  • Optional: shredded sharp cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 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
  2. Shape into an 8x4-in. loaf in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until a thermometer reads 160°, 15-20 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into slices; spread with pimento cheese. Serve with potatoes and if desired, shredded cheese and jalapeno.

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