Although it’s just the two of us, I buy family packs of ground beef. I divide each pack into 1/4- or 1/2-pound portions to freeze for use in casseroles, hamburgers and meatballs. —Kristin McPherson, Moultrie, Georgia
I CAME UP WITH this recipe after being challenged to find different ways to cook this plentiful summer vegetable.
At first, I decided to add zucchini to my meat loaf recipe...then it occurred to me to reverse the process and put the meat loaf into the zucchini! It was an instant hit.
-Ruth Fluckiger, Tolland, Connecticut
Paula Petersen in Granite City, Illinois says her recipe for cheesy meat-loaf cups is “great when you have a craving for meat loaf but no time to bake it. My husband and I just love these served with au gratin or fried potatoes.”
Preparing hamburger this way makes it different than a plain old hamburger. It's hearty and moist and the onion ingredient gives it a special flavor. The sweet-flavored sauce further enhances the taste. I serve these as an entree with accompanying vegetables or on a bun as a sandwich.