Meat Loaf with Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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Mother often prepared this for supper after Sunday services. Sweet potatoes are a traditional part of Southern cooking. - Kay Goins, Church Hill, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 50 crackers), divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 can (23 ounces) cut sweet potatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 477 calories, 22g fat (7g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 1079mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, egg, 1/2 cup of cracker crumbs, green pepper, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes; drain. Combine sweet potatoes and molasses; roll potatoes in remaining crumbs. Add potatoes to the pan; place bacon strips over meat loaf. Bake 30 minutes longer or until the meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.
Instead of a 23-ounce can of sweet potatoes, use four medium fresh sweet potatoes that have been peeled, cut and cooked.
Originally published as Meat Loaf with Sweet Potatoes in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p41

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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keverwann User ID: 1807985 75660
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2007

"The meatloaf portion of this is great! The sweet potatoes have _way_ too much molasses and did not add any flavor to the meatloaf. I'd make the meatloaf again, but leave out the sweet potato portion."

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