No matter how you slice it, meatloaf is a classic comfort food dish that makes an appearance on family dinner tables night after night, with wildly varying ingredients. The budget-friendly main (cold leftover meatloaf sandwich, anyone?) is different from its cousins meatballs and hamburgers in both simplicity of preparation and size, and most of all, personalization.
Most people we know would pronounce their Mom's (or Dad's) loaves the best of all time, but the truth is, so long as you've got your ingredient ratios down, meatloaf is a dish that's pretty hard to mess up. Nonetheless, celebrity chef Tyler Florence claims his Dad's meatloaf recipe
is the real winner (and if good cooking's in the genes, we'll take his word for it). We've compiled a list of our ten favorite meatloaf recipes, including the famed pick from Tyler's pop.
and then let us know in the comments which one is your favorite.
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With a spoonful of curry powder and a mango chutney topping, this meatloaf takes on International flavors. The long-grain brown rice that binds this loaf adds such hearty density, you'll only need a small piece.
Get the Black Rice Curried Meatloaf recipe.
Celebrity chef Tyler Florence calls his Dad's super savory recipe, with such flavoring agents as bay leaves, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and both ground beef and pork, the "pinnacle of meatloaf."
Get the Dad's Meatloaf and Tomato Relish recipe.
Keep it simple with a recipe that calls for meatloaf basics: ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, Worcestershire sauce and tomato soup, and requires only 15 minutes of prep time.
Get the Savory Meatloaf recipe.
With tasty, lean protein sources (ground turkey, egg whites, skim milk and mozzarella), nutrient-rich spinach and better-for-you oats, comforting meatloaf can also be a healthier weeknight meal.
Get the Spinach-Stuffed Meatloaf recipe.
A lower sodium stuffing mix binds your meatloaf and adds surprising flavor, while a barbecue sauce topping adds smoky depth.
Get the Bold and Saucy Meatloaf recipe.
Beer-simmered sweet onions give this leaner beef and turkey meatloaf a kick of flavor, while whole-wheat breadcrumbs offer more nutritional value than the standard white variety.
Get the Blue Ribbon Meatloaf.
With mushroom soup baked into the meatloaf itself and comprising part of its gravy topping, this recipe possesses a unique, savory flavor.
Get the Simply Delicious Meatloaf and Gravy recipe.
To make her meatloaf healthier, Shane Kelly ditches a common binding ingredient -- breadcrumbs -- and subs in quinoa, a slightly nutty and nutritionally rich seed that's often mistaken for a grain. Add tons of flavor and substance to your loaf with this simple swap!
Get the Meatloaf with Quinoa recipe.
If "grilling" and "meatloaf" never crossed your mind in the same sentence, this recipe will make you think twice. With a buttery mushroom center and charred exterior, this loaf is unlike those made more conventionally in the oven.
Get the Grilled Stuffed Meat Loaf recipe.
For the ultimate in comfort food, have your meatloaf in casserole form, topping in lightly browned and fluffy mashed potatoes.
Get the Meat Loaf Casserole recipe.