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Save this recipe as a blank canvas and you'll be set for the rest of your meatloaf endeavors. (Photo: Mark Shaw.)

The blue plate special is old diner slang for “whatever’s cheap and good.” Fried chicken, chicken-fried steak and meatloaf all fall under the category of cheap and good, and frankly, we haven’t had meatloaf in forever. Check out tonight’s meal plan to throw it all together, refer to your diners as “hun,” and don’t forget to make an epic sandwich with the leftovers. But there probably won’t be any.

To start

Meatloaf options

On the side

For dessert

And to drink: A nice Belgian IPA. Here are 5 we recommend.

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