Serve this family favorite any way you like it. Try one of our featured recipes tonight.
October 02, 2007
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Classic Meat Loaf
Classic Meat Loaf Recipe This is the iconic, traditional meat loaf like your mom used to make (or that you wished your mom would make). Mix the ingredients gently, just until combined, and don't compact the meat when shaping the loaf for best results. For extra pizzazz, garnish with parsley.
Farro and Mushroom Meat Loaf Recipe While writing this book, I had a sudden craving for farro and mushrooms. I had just experienced success with the Chicken-Pecan Meatballs recipe, so I wanted to create another texturally similar dish. And that "NeutralQue" needed another use, and--oh, cool--a mostarda-like direction would work perfectly with a farro and mushroom meat loaf. And that's how a food craving became a recipe.
4 of 23Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Diner Meat Loaf Muffins
Diner Meat Loaf Muffins
Recipe Use a muffin tin to bake mini meatloaves. It decreases bake time and is ideal for making extra, freezer-friendly loaves for later. Thanks to the shorter cook time, you can get this recipe on the table in less than 30 minutes. Order's up!
5 of 23Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
A little meat goes a long way in this version of the classic--bringing that powerful pop of umami to this mostly plant-based take. You can double up and freeze one for later: Simply cover one loaf in plastic wrap before baking, pressing to remove air. Wrap with heavy-duty foil, and store in the freezer up to 2 months. Thaw completely in refrigerator before unwrapping and baking as directed.
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Asian-Style Meat Loaves
Asian-Style Meat Loaves Recipe If the last time you had meatloaf was in your high school cafeteria, it's time to try it again. Fresh ginger, water chestnuts, and a spicy-sweet hoisin sauce topping update the dish with dynamic flavor.
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Herb-and-Veggie Meatloaf Recipe Make an Italian-style version of the all-American classic by starting with ground beef and pork sausage and adding spinach, Italian seasoning, and a garlic-and-herb pasta sauce. Use a store-bought sauce to save time.
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Recipe Make your mama proud, and maybe a little jealous, with a robust meatloaf recipe packed with Greek and Creole seasonings and a hint of garlic. Spice up the traditional ketchup topping with a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.
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Basil-Tomato Meatloaf Sandwich
Basil-Tomato Meatloaf Sandwich Recipe The best thing about meatloaf, next to that first piping hot forkful, is the leftovers. Use the Old-fashioned Meat Loaf recipe for dinner, then save the leftovers to make this tasty brown-bag treat for tomorrow's lunch. Top a couple slices of meatloaf with a homemade basil spread. It's so good, you'll want to double the recipe.
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Serve a Classic
Minimal prep and maximum flavor make our featured meatloaf recipes perfect for busy weeknights or casual dinners. Start with ground meat, add a few seasonings and veggies, and a binder (usually breadcrumbs or eggs) to hold it all together, then bake. It doesn't get much easier than this.
Meatloaf With Green Chile-Tomato Gravy Recipe Spice up any meatloaf meal with a zesty Green Chile-Tomato Gravy. The bright flavor from the green chiles complements the mild meatloaf. Serve to dinner guests that enjoy a little heat.
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French Market Meat Loaf
French Market Meat Loaf Recipe Serve a spicy, Louisiana-style meatloaf made with Cajun sausage links, dried thyme and oregano, and beef broth (to keep the loaf moist). A mild Tomato Gravy accents the bold Creole flavors of the meatloaf.
13 of 23Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Meatloaf Mexicana Recipe Try this south-of-the-border Meatloaf Mexicana for your next family dinner. With the added kick from the jalapeños and taco sauce, you will never go back to traditional meatloaf again.
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Everyday Meat Loaf Recipe The meat loaf cooks in the microwave for just 8 minutes, a fraction of the time it takes for traditionally baked meat loaf. Broiling the cheese on top of the cooked meat loaf until it's brown and bubbly lends the dish a pleasing, oven-baked look.
18 of 23Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Cremini Mushroom Meat Loaf
Cremini Mushroom Meat Loaf Recipe Mushrooms replace half the beef in our Cremini Mushroom Meat Loaf. Not only do the mushrooms slash calories, they also add deep, earthy flavor while keeping the meat loaf moist. If you follow a gluten-free diet, simply use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs in place of traditional panko breadcrumbs.
19 of 23Photo: Alison Gootee; Styling: Gerri Williams
20 of 23Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Meat Loaf Bolognese
Meat Loaf Bolognese Recipe This dish contains many of the flavors of sauce Bolognese, the classic Italian ragù of pancetta, a mixture of ground meats, and aromatic ingredients stewed together. Round out the meal with polenta. Garnish with chopped fresh rosemary, if desired.
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Turkey and Roasted Red Pepper Meat Loaf
Turkey and Roasted Red Pepper Meat Loaf Recipe For an easy weeknight meat loaf without the beef, combine ground turkey with egg, onion, breadcrumbs and roasted red peppers and bake in a large metal or glass pan with sides instead of a loaf pan.
22 of 23Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Martin
Meat Loaf Recipe This old-fashioned meat loaf is packed with tender chopped onion and bell pepper and topped with ketchup. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans for a meal that will remind you of Sunday dinner at Mama's table.