11 Meatloaf Recipes That Will Help You Win at Family Dinners
As the weather gets colder, there's nothing better than a warm, comforting meal to enjoy at the end of a long day. A family-friendly batch of meatloaf will hit the spot any night of the week. A good meatloaf should be moist, flavorful, and plenty hearty; our meatloaf recipes are sure to hit the spot.
There's a basic formula for making classic meatloaf. First, choose the ground meat—here, we're featuring meatloaf made from a classic blend of beef, pork, and veal; turkey meatloaf; and chicken meatloaf. Next, add chopped vegetables such as onions, celery, and carrots (also known as mirepoix), which add texture. What would a good meatloaf be without breadcrumbs? They add texture and body to hold the loaf together (feel free to use gluten-free breadcrumbs if necessary). Finally, to achieve that picture perfect loaf, brush on a glaze made from ketchup and brown sugar. It adds sweetness and shine for an appetizing bite. For heat, add in chipotle chile peppers, as we've done with the Chipotle-Glazed Meatloaf shown here.
A tried-and-true way to serve meatloaf is with creamy mashed potatoes and a crunchy vegetable on the side, such as broccoli rabe or glazed carrots. While this is delicious and guaranteed to please, try switching it up a bit. Slices of meatloaf are the perfect base for a lunch sandwich (your co-workers will be jealous!). You can also serve it alongside crisp hearts of romaine lettuce, fresh herbs, and other chopped vegetables for a makeshift salad like in our recipe for Turkey Meatloaf with Hoisin Glaze.
These meatloaf recipes are sure to upgrade your winter dinner.
Our traditional beef, pork, and veal meatloaf is accented with chopped onions, celery, and carrots. The sweet-and-sour glaze adds a delicious tang to this tender and moist mealtime favorite.
Jennifer's Meatloaf Sandwiches
All of the familiar meatloaf ingredients are here—breadcrumbs, carrots, onions, celery, and that sweet ketchup-brown sugar glaze—but with two delightful substitutions. Instead of the traditional beef and pork combination, this version is made with lean ground chicken and sliced broccoli florets.
Mrs. Kostyra's Meatloaf
Meatloaf with Saltine Crackers
Saltine cracker crumbs replace the usual breadcrumbs in this crowd-pleasing meatloaf with a sweet glaze. They add even more crunch and a little bit of extra saltiness to this otherwise basic preparation.
Turkey Meatloaf with Hoisin Glaze
Create a leaner version of the all-American meatloaf dinner using ground turkey, plus special add-ins like ginger and soy sauce to complement the flavor of the poultry. Hoisin glaze is a welcome departure from the traditional ketchup and brown sugar topping.
Meatloaf and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Test Kitchen's Favorite All-Beef Meatloaf
Chipotle-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf Sandwiches
Comfort food can be both indulgent and good for you. This meal proves that. It's a flavorful, spicy meatloaf made with ground dark turkey meat (feel free to use a blend of white and dark meat if you prefer). Served with nutritious sweet potatoes, dinner has never tasted and felt so good.