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
Our Test Kitchen took Lauree Buus' large meat loaf and turned it into five mini-loaves. They relied on the microwave for some quick cooking. The result was fantastic! The Rapid City, South Dakota cook can whip up her recipe even faster!
I found this recipe in a booklet that came with my new Hotpoint stove that my parents purchased in 1950. Mom tried the recipe and it has been a family favorite since. I usually serve meat loaf with baked potatoes and we also enjoy cold slices for sandwiches.
My grandmother gave me this recipe many years ago. The buttery flavor of the crushed crackers is what gives this meat loaf the special taste that our family says is best!—Etta Winter, Pavilion, New York
This unique recipe tucks a stuffed green pepper inside the meat loaf. I've had this recipe so long I can't remember where I got it from. Scrumptious slices warm you up on a cold, blustery day. - Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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."
I hate the thought of making too much and having leftovers for a week, so I've pared down my recipes. This one is simple and quick to prepare, plus the carrot, green pepper and celery make it nutritious and colorful. It's great served with cheddar-topped baked potatoes.—Judi Brinegar, Liberty, North Carolina