Elvis Meatloaf & the Piggly Wiggly

When we were in Memphis, one of the places we visited was the Pink Palace.

The Pink Palace is not, in fact, a gay bar.

from truthwinsout

Nor is it pink in the way that you would expect a place called “The Pink Palace” to be.

from alibaba

No, it’s more refined than that. The Pink Palace is a museum that occupies the mansion that Clarence Saunders, a wealthy entrepreneur, was building before his luck went south and he declared bankruptcy.

from wikipedia

You may know him as the founder of that esteemed line of grocery stores The Piggly Wiggly.

from wonderworkerpress

While at The Pink Palace we learned a few fascinating things.

Did you know that the Piggly Wiggly was the very first self-service grocery store? Before The Pig, people gave their shopping lists to the clerk and he did the procurement.

Sort of like Ike on The Waltons.

from tvnostalgie

Another factoid: Clarence Saunders, founder of The Pig, went bankrupt due to stock reversals and legal disputes regarding the stock.

The poor man lost his stock in the Piggly Wiggly and went bankrupt. He never lived in The Pink Palace.

from findthebest

And now–to answer the question I know is burning in your mind–The Pink Palace is named “The Pink Palace” because of the pink Georgian marble facade.


from wiki

Within The Pink Palace are some wonderful exhibitions–including a full scale replica of the very first Piggly Wiggly.

The Pig

It was full of products from the era of the first self-service grocery.

There were some old favorites.

Quaker Oats


(improved) Corn Flakes

Cherry Jell-O

There were also some surprises.

Tinned Roast Beef

Ox Tail Soup

Majestic Lunch Tongue

scary Aunt Jemima


There was also a surprising amount of roughage represented.

Grape Nuts

Sterilized Wheat Bran

Health Bran

Bran Flakes (a natural laxative)

We as an American people have had digestion problems since before the introduction of the TV dinner.

from minivanstiletto

The Piggly Wiggly is an icon of Americana, especially here in the South.

from wikiii

Elvis is another icon of America.

from 8notes

Really, he’s an icon everywhere.

But in the South, there is another icon of America.

from americasolidarity

It symbolizes family.

from last

And the working class.

from lakeshorelearning

Beaver Cleaver and Aunt Bea.

from matters

It’s meatloaf.

Not just any meatloaf–it’s ELVIS meatloaf.

You ready?

(I wasn’t.)

(This was my first time making meatloaf. I will probably never do it again.)

Elvis and his meatloaf

First, gird up your loins.

Then get out your bell pepper and onion.

pepper & onion

Chop them.


Put them in a bowl and add 3 eggs and 2 cloves of chopped garlic.

with egg

Crush a sleeve of saltines and add to the bowl.


Add the meat,


and an 8 oz can of tomato sauce.

tomato sauce

Try not to think about how it looks like blood.

Try really hard.

Then use your hands to squish it all together, and plop it all together in a loaf pan.

in loaf pan

Bake for 45 minutes. It should look something like this.

somewhat baked

Mix 2 8oz cans of tomato sauce and 1/2 a cup of ketchup.

We don’t like ketchup, so an entire bottle of ketchup had to be purchased.

I’m not sure what the rest of that bottle of ketchup will be used for.


Anybody need some ketchup?

Spread the tomato stuff on top of your partially baked meatloaf.

ready to bake

I had a lot of tomato mixture left over, even though I tried to schmear as much on that loaf of meat as possible.

left over

Bake until done. The recipe card said another 15 minutes. It was more like 30-35 for me.


Remove when done.


Verdict: veggies were crunchy, tomato mixture could have been better, it needed salt, and meatloaf probably isn’t for either El Guapo and me.

There was so much meatloaf left over that El Guapo made meatloaf omelets the next morning.

suck it, martha.

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One Comment on “Elvis Meatloaf & the Piggly Wiggly”

  1. Earth Momma
    September 26, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    That meatloaf sounded terrible. Don’t judge meatloaf until i make it for ya, okay?

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