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Meat Loaf with Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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. YIELD: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 bacon strips


  • 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.

Recipe Note

Instead of a 23-ounce can of sweet potatoes, use four medium fresh sweet potatoes that have been peeled, cut and cooked.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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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