In the early 1980s, my mom established “Meatloaf Mondays,” and we could expect the comfort food classic to hit our table at the start of the week and reappear sliced on sandwiches, mixed into a veggie casseroles, and topped with mashed potatoes all week long.

Hey, no complaints here whatsoever! Once served weekly with pride by the prudently frugal North American housewife, meatloaf has certainly made a comeback. Now the classic meatloaf is making an updated appearance at trendy gastro-pubs and food trucks in mouthwatering recipes, like these…


1. Pepper Relish Mini Meatloaves

These classic mini meatloaves are made in the classic style—the ground round beef is combined with a mixture of fresh breadcrumbs, Dijon mustard, buttermilk, chopped onion and spices. However, the surprise of these perfectly baked, individual loaves comes in the glaze—which serves up dinner with a serious kick from the spicy, hot pepper relish!

2. Balsamic-Glazed Lamb Meat Loaf

Looking for a sharper, meatier meatloaf? Is that even possible? It turns out that if you opt for lamb rather than ground turkey or traditional ground beef, the result is a deeper, richer, tangier meat loaf infused with balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, fresh thyme, and garlic, surrounded by julienned onions and peppers, and cannellini beans.


3. Classic Meatloaf

The quintessential comfort classic keeps all of the timeless favorites—white breadcrumbs, 3 ground meats (in beef, veal, and pork), egg, ketchup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and minced carrots, onions, and celery. However, the knock-your-socks off effect comes from an unforgettable sweet-and-sour glaze, which moistens the loaf and takes this tangy version far beyond the same old blue plate special!


4. Spicy Turkey Meat Loaf

Who says this prototypical comfort food can’t be healthy? Serve up a wholesome family favorite by substituting lean ground turkey for ground beef and pork. Plus, slice and dice a few cups of veggies—like onion, mushroom, garlic, carrots, and peppers—to add to your meat mixture. Finish this loaf off with a spicy Sriracha glaze base to really turn up the heat!


5. Kimchi Meatloaf Melt

Something truly amazing occurs when kimchi (spicy Korean pickled cabbage) and a thick slice of American cheese meet on toasted, buttery bread! Add to that already mind-boggling combination a thick slab of moist and garlicky meatloaf and a complimentary slice of tangy mozzarella cheese—and the results are earth shattering!


6. Prosciutto Wrapped Meatloaf Cupcakes

Perhaps the idea of a meat cupcake doesn’t temp your taste buds, but work with me here…Envision an army of mini meatloaves topped with a piping of hot, creamy mashed potatoes, served in a prosciutto wrap. Not bad, huh?


7. Italian Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Put a new spin on the classic American comfort food without monitoring the oven all day long. Italian spiced ground turkey is easily transformed into pre-portioned meatloaf-stuffed muffins—infused with fresh basil, tangy Parmesan cheese, and salty sun-dried tomatoes. Serve them hot from the oven over rice, salad, or sandwich between crusty buns for a conveniently creative weekday lunch!


8. Thai Green Curry Turkey-Zucchini Meatloaf Sammies

Why settle for the same old grilled cheese when you can make yours exotically gourmet. Melt Monterey Jack cheese over a thick slab of lean, moist zucchini turkey meatloaf dripping in a creamy Thai green curry and coconut curry sauce. Dress with fresh basil and cilantro, caramelized onions, and spicy sriracha sauce and press on the Panini grill until the flavors ooze.

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Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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