My mother’s meat loaf is something special, swirled with a filling of sour cream, cheddar cheese and stuffed olives. It's the perfect centerpiece for Sunday dinner or even a festive occasion.
Here's a lower-in-fat-and-salt take on my mother's original recipe. I substituted fresh ingredients like garlic, mushrooms and onions for dried onion soup mix and garlic powder, etc. It's still dense, hearty and tastes like home. —Brenda Moehringer, Gansevoort, New York
Our kitchen staff gives Italian flair to this lightened-up meat loaf by mixing in tangy sun-dried tomatoes. The recipe yields a large loaf, so save the extras for sandwiches! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I've shared this recipe with many friends. The unique, hearty meat loaf is full of surprises - tangy wild rice and pockets of cheddar cheese make it extra special. Even so, it's not that tricky to prepare...try it and see!
-Genie Lang, Jamestown, North Dakota
"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."
Instant mashed potatoes cut down the prep time for this meaty pie without sacrificing taste. This recipe is very fast and easy to put together, It's been a family favorite for decades and remains my children's most-asked-for meat loaf. —Lorraine J. Darocha, Mountain City, Tennessee
Meat loaf is my all-time favorite dish to cook. One year, an aunt and I put together a cookbook that included over 50 variations of that hearty, old-fashioned main course.—Jim Hopkins, Whittier, California
"Instant stuffing mix makes this nicely seasoned meat loaf simple enough for beginners to make," says Betty Braswell of Elgin, Pennsylvania. "I often combine the mixture in a resealable plastic bag instead of a bowl," she suggests. "Then I toss the bag for easy cleanup."
This is a tasty cross between meat loaf and pizza. Often, I divide it into two pans, bake one for me and freeze the other. That way, I'm ready for drop in company or potluck suppers. Tomato paste or spaghetti sauce can be substituted for ketchup in my meat pie. Cheese lovers might want to add mozzarella to the topping as well.—Judy Foye, Freeport, Maine