When I make meat loaf, I usually just mix together whatever I have on hand. One time I added leftover kidney beans I had in the fridge, and my family loved the meat loaf's soft texture. Now it's our favorite.
—Patricia Zwerk of Tucson, Arizona
In Sioux City, Iowa, Craig Brown has a creative way to use up cooked fish. He stirs together this savory loaf that tastes much like tuna casserole. "I've made it often for family and friends, and they all enjoy it," he notes.
"This main dish is a favorite for church suppers," comments Janet Hyson of Pasadena, Maryland. The individual meat loaves get spark from chili sauce, ketchup and horseradish. "I like to keep extras on hand for a fast meal," she adds.
"My mother-in-law invented this recipe by mistake, but it was so well received, it became the most popular way for her to make meat loaf," says Pat Jensen of Oak Harbor, Ohio. "With just five ingredients, it couldn't be any easier."
This moist loaf is sure to become a favorite with sauerkraut lovers. Mary Alice Taylor of Downingtown, Pennsylvania rolls tangy kraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island salad dressing into well-seasoned ground beef for a delicious dinner.
In Marion, North Carolina, Melanie Ellis puts a fun spin on meat loaf with her Southwestern specialty. She tops the taco-flavored single-serving loaves with zesty tomato sauce and shredded cheese before bringing them to the dinner table.
My daughter likes the cheese stuffed into this flavorful meat loaf made with a blend of ground beef and Italian sausage. Served with a salad and sourdough bread, the meal is special enough for company. —Laura Lawrence, Salinas, California