Yes, Virginia There is a Great Meatloaf


''Absolutely delicious meatloaf and sauce! Those who claim they don't believe there can be such a thing as a great meatloaf will love this. Based on a meatloaf given to me by a dear friend, Virginia Strehl, Memphis, and Leesburg, Fla. Nita Holleman, 2000''


  • 1 12lbs ground beef (ground shoulder roast is good)
  • 1slice bread (broken or chopped finely)
  • 1egg
  • 1small vidalia onions or 1 small type sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1teaspoon table salt
  • 14teaspoon black pepper
  • 4tablespoons ketchup
  • 1223cup whole milk or 1223 cuphalf-and-half
  • Sauce

  • 4tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 -4tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed firm (to taste)
  • 12cup ketchup


  1. Meatloaf: Combine meat loaf ingredients and place into a loaf baking dish.
  2. Smooth out top.
  3. Sauce: Combine sauce ingredients and pour on top and sides of meatloaf.
  4. Bake at 350°F about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until done.
  5. ENJOY!
  6. *The addition of 1 or 2 teaspoons of Kitchen Bouquet® makes this recipe very good.
  7. **Recipe should be”plump” from the addition of the milk or Half & Half.
  8. It should NOT be runny.
  9. ***A second batch of sauce served hot is good to serve with the meatloaf.
  10. Nita’s Note: I note that some of you are using game meat such as deer — Deer is a very DRY meat. It is wise to HAVE some fat added to the deer — especially to ground deer. Maybe 25 % fat, ( I recommend 1 lb of ground venison, and 1/2 lb of deer sausage for fat content), otherwise your results will be poor. I don’t know about some of the other game meat some are using. Please consult and expert. The recipe is delicious as it stands! Enjoy! Nita Holleman.


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