United States of Meatloaf
Let's agree to agree: while our politics and personal tastes may differ, journalists Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer wonder if this classic comfort food can unite us all.
Our 12 Best Meat Loaf Recipes
Though somewhat unphotogenic, meat loaf is an American comfort food classic. Whether you stick to the original ketchup-topped version or need some ideas for repurposing leftovers, these meat loaf recipes are full of flavor and easy to make.
Veal-and-Mushroom Meat Loaf with Bacon
The original version of this recipe from Dine with Your Friends, published in 1936 by the Women's Faculty Club of Northwestern University Medical School, called for a mixture of boiled ham and ground veal. We substituted bacon for the ham to add a nice touch of smokiness. Plus: Great Comfort Food Recipes
Meat Loaf Stuffed with Prosciutto and Spinach
This luxurious yet easy take on classic meat loaf gets stuffed with spinach, carrots, prosciutto and cheese. The vegetables can be leftovers, says Mario Batali: "Just make sure they're cooked long enough to be very soft—if they're al dente, the meat loaf will tear when you slice it and wreck your day." Mild and tangy caciocavallo cheese, made in Italy from cow's milk, is excellent in the filling, but provolone is a fine substitute. Plus: Great Comfort Food Recipes
Meat Loaf with Creamy Onion Gravy
"This is a culmination of all the meat loaves I've ever eaten," says Andrew Curren, chef-partner of 24 Diner in Austin. "My mom always made a good meat loaf—it never had the tomato goo on top of it. Then I tasted a meat loaf that had cheese in it; that was a good idea. In Italy, I was introduced to soffritto and realized the importance of cooking with carrots, onion, celery." Curren serves the meat loaf with creamy gravy, which is also excellent on lunchtime meat loaf sandwiches. More All-American Recipes