Ask anyone what their favorite comfort meal is, and there's a good chance the answer will be meatloaf. As good as meatloaf is, however, it can also become a bit boring. Luckily, it doesn't have to be. As these recipes show, you can dress up meatloaf as much as you want. Make it extra elegant by combining it with the flavors of French onion soup or go for the sweet side by adding brown sugar.
No matter how you dress it up, one thing always remains: There is nothing more comforting than a delicious meatloaf fresh from the oven.
1. Brown sugar meatloaf
Meatloaf is a comfort food classic, but this version puts a bit of a spin on the original. Adding brown sugar to the ketchup mixture adds a gentle hint of sweetness as well as a richness from the caramelization that occurs naturally in the oven. It's sure to become a new favorite. Get the full recipe here.
2. French onion meatloaf
This meatloaf is so impressive, you could even serve it to company. Even though guests might at first be impressed with the melted Swiss cheese on top, they'll love it even more after they take their first bite. That's because the cheese isn't the only way this meatloaf mimics French onion soup: It's also full of caramelized onions inside and out. That might be the best way to dress up traditional meatloaf. Get the full recipe here.
3. Bacon-wrapped meatloaf
Meatloaf is even better when it's shrunk down into individual servings. This version of meatloaf is wrapped in bacon and baked in a muffin tin. That leads to tender portions of meatloaf with a crunchy exterior and a slightly sweet, glazed topping. Get the full recipe here.
4. Cheeseburger meatloaf
Meatloaf can sometimes seem ho-hum, but inside this meatloaf is a cheesy surprise. The recipe below is stuffed with a layer of cheese and pickles and is topped with a ketchup glaze. The result is a meatloaf that tastes just like a cheeseburger without the bun. Get the full recipe here.
5. Mac and cheese-stuffed meatloaf
What could be better than serving mac and cheese? Stuffing it inside a meatloaf, of course. This recipe melds two comfort classics into a warming, juicy and cheesy meal. Even though you might think this would take a lot of time or effort, take a peek at the ingredients list. Using a box of mac and cheese mix streamlines the process and makes this meal qualify for a weeknight standby. Get the full recipe here.