"I combined a few great-tasting meat loaf recipes to create this flavorful family favorite," says Deb Thompson of Lincoln, Nebraska. "My husband loves it, and because it's made in the microwave, it's ideal for busy nights."
Stop searching for a go-to meat loaf recipe. This is it! Your family will be delighted with this mixture of beef, pork and sauteed onion, with a sweet- and-tangy sauce baked onto the top. Cheese crackers are the secret ingredient in this one. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
"Oven-roasted tomato sauce is a nice addition to this traditional meat loaf," says Joan Airey, a grain and cattle farmer from Rivers, Manitoba. "To bake it, I line my broiler pan with foil, with holes poked in so the fat drains through. It browns beautifully."
Our children think there are three basic food groups—pizza, tacos and burgers! They like to doctor up slices of this specially seasoned meat loaf with their favorite taco toppings. —Diane Essinger, Findlay, Ohio
Craving the homey taste of mom's kitchen? With this recipe, your kitchen will soon fill with the aroma of great dinnertime memories, and you can enjoy this traditional favorite in under an hour. Meat loaf is economical and great for leftovers. Never made it before? No need to worry, it's simple to prepare using the following recipe from our Test Kitchen.
"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."
Juanita Rocha of San Angelo, Texas easily whips up this meaty pie with instant mashed potatoes, which cuts down the prep time but not the taste. "This recipe is very fast and easy to put together," she notes. "It's been a family favorite since 1069 and remains my children's most-asked-for meat loaf."
Our kitchen staff gives Italian flair to this lightened-up meat loaf by adding tangy sun-dried tomatoes to the mixture. The recipe yields a large loaf, so the extra slices can be used to fix the tasty sandwiches in the recipe that follows.