Authentic meatloaf a 'King' would love?


July 09, 2008|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to the Sun

Anne Cohen of Missoula, Mont., was looking for a recipe for Elvis Presley's favorite meatloaf. She said she used to have a recipe, published in her local newspaper some years ago, that supposedly came from Presley's longtime cook.

After an extensive Internet search, I managed to find a recipe for Elvis' meatloaf on, a site for food from "moving pictures." It is a copy of an actual postcard someone sent into the site from Graceland, in Memphis, Tenn. The front of the card has the meatloaf recipe printed on it with the caption "from Elvis' kitchen." The back of the card says that this is an "authentic recipe from Elvis' cook ... Mary Jenkins."

I formed and baked the loaf on a piece of heavy-duty foil on a sheet pan. This also could be made in a loaf pan, I would think. It is important to pour off any accumulated fat after cooking and before putting the tomato-sauce topping on for the final 15 minutes of cooking. It's hard to know for sure if this actually was "the King's" favorite meatloaf, but this recipe made a generous and classic-tasting meatloaf that any meat lover is certain to like. Meatloaf

Serves 8 to 10

2 pounds ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 package (4 ounces) saltine crackers, crushed

three 8-ounce cans tomato sauce (divided use)

1/2 cup ketchup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gently combine ground beef, onion, green pepper, garlic, eggs, saltines and 1 can of the tomato sauce. Shape into loaf and bake for 45 minutes.

Mix the remaining tomato sauce and ketchup and pour over loaf. Bake an additional 15 minutes.

Per serving (based on 10 servings): 244 calories, 21 grams protein, 10 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 17 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 119 milligrams cholesterol, 673 milligrams sodium

Recipe request

*Shirley Gladden-Jones of Baltimore is looking for a cake recipe that uses a box of yellow cake mix and a 16-ounce can of crushed pineapple. She thinks the recipe may have been in Rachael Ray's magazine. Someone told her the cake may be called "Better Than Sex Cake."

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper or attachment with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names and addresses must accompany recipes to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

The nutritional analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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