The Rice Krispies used in this recipe are my mom’s secret ingredient. While they may seem odd or out-of-place, they serve to help hold the meat loaf together. Once cooked, no one realizes they were even there. —Kelly Simmons, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
"I've wanted to reduce the fat in my meat loaf for many years, so I finally came up with this recipe," explains Paul Soper of Sierra Vista, Arizona. "By starting with lean ground beef and not adding any milk or egg yolks, I reduced the total fat considerably. Making individual loaves cuts the cooking time by almost half," he adds.
When my husband and I were first married, he refused to eat meat loaf because he said it was bland and dry. Then I prepared this version, and it became his favorite meal. —Suzanne Codner, Starbuck, Minnesota
Our small synagogue has two teams that alternate with churches of various denominations and civic organizations to provide meals at a homeless shelter. This tasty satisfying meat loaf is well liked there.
-Niki Reese Eschen
Santa Maria, California
If the kids are always asking to eat dessert first, here's your chance. The moist "cake" layers are really full-flavored meat loaves "frosted" with instant mashed potatoes. Ketchup and mustard "icing" help complete the look.
If you're a fan of Reuben sandwiches, you'll enjoy this satisfying rolled loaf made with rye bread crumbs, sauerkraut, corned beef and Swiss cheese. Denise Wahl of Homer Glen, Illinois confirms. "It's one of my husband's favorite meals, served with potato dumplings."
My mother’s meat loaf is something special, swirled with a filling of sour cream, cheddar cheese and stuffed olives. It's the perfect centerpiece for Sunday dinner or even a festive occasion.
My family loves meat loaf—and this one in particular. I created the recipe after trying and adjusting many other recipes over the years. Cheddar cheese tucked inside and a flavorful bacon topping dress it up just right for Sunday dinner! —Sue Call, Beech Grove, Indiana
I combined a few great-tasting meat loaf recipes to create this flavorful version, which my husband loves. And because it's made in the microwave, the entree is ideal for busy nights. —Deb Thompson, Lincoln, Nebraska
I've kept this recipe since I first tried it in high school. This unusual dish looks like a meat loaf but has real pizza appeal—it's especially popular with young people. Many neighbors have called to get the recipe after their kids tried it at my house. —Rhonda Touchet