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Aretha Franklin's Holiday Meat Loaf

By Vicki McClure Davidson


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So much has been written about the magnificent Aretha Franklin. She has been such a huge influence on many genres of music and an inspiration to millions of her fans worldwide.

From Rolling Stone:
Aretha Franklin is not only the definitive female soul singer of the '60s, but one of the most influential and important voices in the history of popular music. Aretha Franklin fused the leaps and swoops of the gospel music she grew up on with the sensuality of R&B, the innovation of jazz, and the precision of pop. After she hit her artistic and commercial stride in 1967, she made over a dozen million selling singles, and since then has recorded 20 Number One R&B hits. She moved toward the pop mainstream with fitful success in the '70s, but in the late '80s experienced a resurgence in popularity, and continues to record in a less ecstatic, perhaps more mature style.
From Billboard:
Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-'60s hits with Atlantic Records -- "Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Chain of Fools," "Baby I Love You," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," and several others -- earned her the title "Lady Soul," which she has worn uncontested ever since. Yet as much of an international institution as she's become, much of her work -- outside of her recordings for Atlantic in the late '60s and early '70s -- is erratic and only fitfully inspired, making discretion a necessity when collecting her records. Franklin's roots in gospel ran extremely deep. With her sisters Carolyn and Erma (both of whom would also have recording careers), she sang at the Detroit church of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, while growing up in the 1950s. In fact, she made her first recordings as a gospel artist at the age of 14.


Aretha appeared on TV's popular Rachael Ray Show in December 2009 and shared this uncomplicated recipe of hers for Holiday Meat Loaf. It's easy to make and relatively inexpensive (buy the ground beef on sale) and can be modified to create other varieties of meat loaf, using up bits of leftovers in the fridge.

The unusual addition of green olives with pimentos really makes the meat loaf look festive, and should be a hit with kids.


Aretha Franklin's Holiday Meat Loaf


Preheat oven to 350 deg. F.

In a large bowl, mix ground beef, cornflakes, eggs, green olives, peppers, onions, garlic, garlic salt, and red pepper flakes until combined.

On a large baking sheet, form the meat mixture into a loaf shape, cover with foil, and bake 40 minutes.

Take the meat loaf out of the oven, remove the foil and pour both cans of tomato soup over the entire meat loaf. Put it back in the oven and bake, uncovered, for about 20-25 minutes.

Garnish and decorate with green olives with pimentos.

This dish would go well with rice, pasta, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, or one of your favorite side dishes.

Serves 6 to 8.



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Billboard website, Aretha Franklin biography, (
Rachael Ray Show, aired December 16, 2009, (
Rolling Stone website, Aretha Franklin biography, (