It takes a real comfort food aficionado to tout the virtues of meatloaf at Thanksgiving. But during the holidays when the menu tends to be limited and predictable and you cannot look at one more turkey sandwich or dish up one more bowl of turkey soup, it’s meatloaf to the rescue. After a week’s worth of variations on turkey leftovers, meatloaf will be very appealing. And when you try a new, delicious meatloaf recipe, you’re sure to have a new tradition: the Week After Thanksgiving Dinner Dinner, featuring fabulous, yummy meatloaf.
- Whichever recipe you’re working from, mix the ingredients just enough to incorporate them well without over-mixing. An over-mixed loaf is a tough loaf, and no one wants that.
- You don’t need a loaf pan to make a gorgeous meatloaf. Go artisan. Free-form shape your meatloaf and bake it in a shallow pan or on a cookie sheet. Clean up will be easier if you cover the bottom of your pan in tin foil before putting your meatloaf on it to bake.
- Double your recipe and reap the benefits later. Prepare and bake two meatloaves at once, but after the second loaf cools, cut it into slices and freeze it in a resealable plastic bag. It will keep for up to 3 months and if you put small slices of wax paper between the slices, you can defrost individual servings as you need them.
Lightened Up Meatloaf
You might never have thought your favorite meatloaf would be a reduced fat recipe, but here it is! No flavor is sacrificed in the making of this tender, moist loaf. The secret is using egg whites and extra-lean ground beef.
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup lite Italian dressing
- 2 lb. extra-lean ground beef
- 3/4 cup ketchup, divided
- 1 pkg. (6 oz.) stuffing mix for chicken
- 1 cup water
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Cook onions in dressing in skillet on medium heat 8 to 10 min. or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Cool slightly.
- Mix meat, onions, 1/4 cup ketchup, stuffing mix, water and egg whites. Shape into 10×5-inch loaf in 13×9-inch baking dish; cover with remaining ketchup.
- Bake 55 min. to 1 hour or until done (160°F). Sprinkle with cheese; bake 2 min. or until melted.
Cheesy Parmesan Meatloaf
The Italian twist that this meatloaf recipe brings to the table is evident long before it’s out of the oven. When your family comes home to the irresistible aroma of Parmesan Meatloaf you’ll have no shortage of hands willing to help set the table. Add an extra sprinkling of parmesan over the meat after you’ve cut it into slices for an additional boost of cheesy goodness.
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, divided
- 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix meat, 1/4 cup of the spaghetti sauce, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of the cheese, onion, egg and seasoning.
- Shape into loaf in 12×8-inch baking dish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce and remaining 2 Tbsp. cheese.
- Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked through (160°F).
Meatloaf — boring? Never! Especially when you take this basic recipe and mix and match stuffing mixes, sauces and seasoning possibilities to bring a different taste to the dinner table every time. Take the options a step further and change up the meat choices you use by substituting ground chicken, pork or turkey for the beef.
Mix 2 lb. lean ground beef, 1 cup water and 2 beaten eggs and mix & match your recipe from these options…
Stuffing mix options, Sauce choices, Seasoning possibilities:
- chicken, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, 1/2 cup chopped onions
- cornbread, 3/4 cup thick ‘n chunky salsa, 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
- savory herbs, 1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce, 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- pork, 1 jar (12 oz.) mushroom gravy, 1/2 cup each of chopped onions and fresh mushrooms
- Heat oven to 400°F. Mix ground beef, water, eggs, 1 pkg. (6 oz.) stuffing mix, 1/4 cup sauce and seasonings.
- Shape meat mixture into 4 oval loaves on foil-covered baking sheet; top with remaining sauce.
- Bake 30 min. or until meatloaves are done (160ºF).