I used to have a catering business, and my specialty was comfort food. I once needed a gluten-free meatloaf and my clients went nuts over this. I often use an 8x8 pan or a loaf pan, but a muffin tin really cuts the cooking time. —Vangie Panagotopulos, Moorestown, New Jersey
With my husband—who won't eat the same thing twice—I've had to learn to be creative with leftovers (around here, we call it "recycled food"). I put this recipe together to use up leftover meat loaf. When it's dressed up with homegrown peppers, he doesn't know he really is getting yesterday's main course!
Actually, leftovers are both coming and going in this recipe—if I have any peppers left over, I use them to make my spaghetti sauce.
Although we live close to Houston, there's a pasture near our house and we can hear the cows that graze there. We have two sons, 4 and 2.
Meet the Cook: Although I'm retired after years teaching school, my days continue to be full. So easy dishes like this still are a blessing to me. My husband - who's a meat loaf lover - and I have five grown children and eight grandchildren.—Lois Gallup Edwards, Woodland, California
WITH this recipe, we can have a hearty meat loaf dinner without leftovers. That delights both my husband and me. He never liked the creative ways I used up leftover meat loaf!
-Dorothy Hunt, Waltham, Massachusetts
A new twist on an old favorite is this marvelous meat loaf from Brenda Biron's kitchen in Sydney, Nova Scotia. A hearty ham and cheese filling is rolled up inside ground beef. Potatoes and carrots baked alongside make it a hearty one-dish meal.
“Now that you have so many tasty meatloaf recipes, how do you liven up leftover meatloaf? This great recipe is the answer! If you like Rueben sandwiches, you'll love this new take on an old favorite.” -Kimberley Johnson of Englewood, Colorado
"The brown sugar glaze on this meat loaf is what makes it special at any big gathering," says Dorothy Hoffmann of Wheatland, North Dakota. "We usually serve it with baked potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, buns and butter, with cake and coffee for dessert."