7 Meatloaves That (Might) Beat Grandma's

7 Meatloaves That (Might) Beat Grandma's
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7 Meatloaves That (Might) Beat Grandma's

Read on for some new ideas on how to take this hearty classic to the next level.

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Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish

There’s bacon on top — need we say more? If the bacon doesn’t sell it, the tomato relish will. It’s got all of the classic flavors of a meatloaf sauce, but with some fresh ingredients and great texture. Everything comes together for a sweet, salty, tangy feast.

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Meatloaf Muffins with Barbecue Sauce

If you want the kids to eat it, make it mini. Rachael Ray takes cues from this tip for her Meatloaf Muffins, which feature a smoky barbecue sauce on top and creamy smashed potatoes on the side. Plus, since they’re mini, they’re ready in a cinch — dinner’s on the table in less than 30.

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1770 House Meatloaf

For a completely new spin, try this garlic-smothered loaf that’s made with three different kinds of meat. A Spanish onion reinforces the garlic flavor, while flat-leaf parsley and thyme leaves add a bit of freshness to the mix. Be sure to make extra garlic sauce — you’ll want to put it on everything.

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Jeff and Geoffrey’s Ultimate Meatloaf

The guys made this one together, and the result of their efforts is a meatloaf unlike the rest. It includes beef, pork and lamb as well as saltines, Greek yogurt and their cool Mint Tzatziki sauce on the side.

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Vegetable Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

At only 270 calories per serving, this meatloaf is a great way to get anyone and everyone to eat their veggies in a familiar meal. The balsamic glaze enhances the flavor of the meat, so no one will even know about the extra vegetables.

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Classic Meatloaf

If you’re looking to make something that tastes like Grandma’s meatloaf, but you can’t get your hands on her top-secret recipe, start with Ree Drummond’s take. The sauce is made with ketchup and brown sugar, while Parmesan cheese brings some tanginess to the inside of the meat.

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Turkey Meatloaf

Ina Garten’s turkey adaptation takes only 15 minutes to prep before you can pop it into the oven and move on to figuring out how to secretly save a piece for lunch the next day. Ina says that keeping a pan of hot water in the oven under the meatloaf keeps the top from cracking.

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by Ricky Smith

Food can bring back so many different memories from childhood — family meals around the dinner table, weeknight dishwasher duties, Mom's failed attempt at homemade sushi — but it's hard to beat the comforting tastes and memories that come with a slice of meatloaf. Let's face it: Meatloaf is basically a giant meatball, and no one is mad about that. Juicy ground meat and soft veggies only get better with a big dollop of that classic, sweet sauce. But just like every other classic dinner, there are tons of new spins on the original recipe, like vegetable-packed versions and even meatloaf muffins.

Check out the slideshow above for 7 meatloaf recipes that (might) beat Grandma's.

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