Tennessee Meatloaf

Tennessee Meatloaf

Leigh Ann Rowan Kiraly 21

"My Grandmother 'Nanaw' Rowan made the most delicious meatloaf in the state. When she passed away, she didn't leave me her recipe, but she left me the desire to recreate it. I think this is it, in flavor and texture. Don't let the number of ingredients discourage you. It's part of the magic in creating a masterpiece!"
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1 h 55 m servings 233 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 233 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.9g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 17.1 g
  • 34%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 92 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium:
  • 324 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and cider vinegar in a bowl; mix well.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray two 9x5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray or line with aluminum foil for easier cleanup (see Cook's Note).
  3. Place onion and green pepper in covered microwave container and cook until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. In large mixing bowl, combine garlic, eggs, thyme, seasoned salt, black pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, milk, and oats. Mix well. Stir in cooked onion and green pepper. Add ground beef, pork, and veal. With gloved hands, work all ingredients together until completely mixed and uniform.
  5. Divide meatloaf mixture in half and pat half of mixture into each prepared loaf pan. Brush loaves with half of the glaze; set remainder of glaze aside.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes. Remove pans from oven; carefully drain fat. Brush loaves with remaining glaze. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes more. Remove pans from oven and allow meatloaf to stand for 15 minutes before slicing.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can also make one large loaf in a 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes before brushing with glaze; continue to bake as directed.
  • You may also use 1 pound ground veal and omit the pork.


  1. 33 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Not outstanding, not extraordinary, but good and satisfying. Flavor is good – I used fresh thyme (the equivalent in fresh is three times that of dried) and added some celery just because I gene...

Most helpful critical review

I did not care for this recipe.

Not outstanding, not extraordinary, but good and satisfying. Flavor is good – I used fresh thyme (the equivalent in fresh is three times that of dried) and added some celery just because I gene...

The brown sugar glaze is what takes this recipe from good and satisfying to outstanding and extraordinary! Please give it a try next time naples34102. Thank you for your review.

As a veteran meatloaf chef, this is a terrific recipe. I actually added more brown sugar to the sauce and added winch (Worcestershire) sauce plus sweet chili sauce. I never use loaf pans when I ...

I don't care what anyone says, this is an outstanding meatloaf!! The only things I did different was I used an equal amount of panko bread crumbs in place of the oatmeal and made a brown gravy i...

i cut this recipe in half as i only had a little over 1# of ground beef. this was very good. different from what i would normally make. i forgot to add the milk (oops). nice firm texture. ...

I saw a recipe from Tennessee so I knew I had to try it. My Dad took our family to Tennessee and Kentucky from Wisconsin to visit relatives one summer and I remember the food there was amazing! ...

yummy taste great!

very smooth excel. texture, suggestion in the glaze try 1oz tenn/kentucky whiskey mixed in.

In a Word excellent-