My family enjoys meat loaf, but sometimes I can't spare the hour or more it takes to bake in the traditional shape. A quick alternative is to divide the meat mixture into muffin cups for individual servings that are ready in less than 30 minutes.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
A spin on a classic meat loaf, I love this because I can sneak spinach in on my meat-and-potatoes family. Serve the meat loaf with Greek-style potatoes or a Greek salad. I also get to make a whole other meal the next night with the leftovers—gyros. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
I created this recipe when my children were young and "meat loaf shy". They loved the potato surprise inside and the sauce that has a mild zip. Occasionally, I tuck canned green beans in the center of the potatoes to create a one-dish meal.
-Dava Beck, Amarillo, Texas
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."
This recipe is a product of three different recipes and a little imagination. Even the picky eaters in my family enjoy slices of this meat loaf. It tastes like lasagna without the noodles. - Bobbie Croker, Omaha, Nebraska
“My mother made this tender, moist meat loaf at least every other week—and always served it with scalloped potatoes. It was one of my favorite meals growing up.” You’ll be amazed by all the flavor from just a handful of pantry ingredients!
Helen Lipko - Martinsburg, PA