February 17, 2014

For whatever reason, meatloaf gets a bad rap. Either you love it or you hate it. Bland and boring meatloaf can step aside. Now there are fresher and more interesting ways to serve meatloaf.

Here are a few newer takes on meatloaf. Try one or two kinds. Maybe you'll find one that tickles your taste buds.

Skinny Meatloaf Muffins with Barbecue Sauce

Skinny Kitchen has a healthy meatloaf that is full of flavor. These meatloaf muffins are so cute you'll want to eat two of them. Go ahead they have only 115 calories and 2 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers points in each one.

1 pkg (1.25 lbs) 99% fat-free ground turkey breast

1 slice whole wheat or multigrain bread or cup store bought bread crumbs

1 cup onions, finely diced

1 egg

2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

cup plus 1/3 cup Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce or your favorite sauce

teaspoon salt

fresh ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a regular (12-cup) muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

To make bread crumbs: Toast 1 slice whole wheat or multi-grain bread. Place in blender and pulse until made into crumbs.

In a large bowl, add ground turkey, bread crumbs, onions, egg, Worcestershire sauce, cup barbecue sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Using your hands or a large spoon, thoroughly mix together until well blended.

Add meatloaf mixture to the top of each muffin cup, flattening out the tops. Top each meatloaf muffin with tablespoon barbecue sauce and spread evenly over top.

Bake for 40 minutes. Run a knife around each muffin to loosen it from pan. Remove to a serving plate.

Makes 9 meatloaf muffins (1-2 muffins per serving)

Tex Mex Meatloaf

Spice up a traditional meatloaf with some Tex Mex flavor. This meatloaf calls for broken tortilla chips instead of the usual bread crumbs.

1 lbs ground beef or ground turkey

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

1 cup broken tortilla chips

cup chopped onions

2 tablespoons chopped green peppers or 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles

1 egg

1 pkg taco seasoning mix or 1 tablespoon chili powder plus teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl combine ground beef or turkey with 1/2 can of tomato sauce plus remaining ingredients. Set aside remaining tomato sauce. Shape meat mixture into a loaf and place in shallow baking dish. Bake for 1 hour. Drain off fat and juices. Pour remaining tomato sauce over meatloaf and bake 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Sweet and Sour Meatloaf

Try meatloaf topped with a sweet and sour glaze. Make it as sweet or as sour as you like by adjusting the flavors in the topping.

1 lbs ground beef or 1 lbs ground turkey

1 cup dry breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 eggs

1 teaspoon chopped onion

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce, divided

For the topping:

of the can of tomato sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons mustard

2 tablespoons vinegar

- cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the first five ingredients. Add the onion and 1/4 of the can of tomato sauce. Place into a loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes

Meanwhile, in a sauce pan combine all of the topping ingredients. Bring to a boil. Pour over meatloaf. Bake for 15 additional minutes.

Savory Meatloaf

Betty Crocker's meatloaf has flecks of herbs of plenty of flavor. Top off the meatloaf with your choice of barbecue sauce, chili sauce, or ketchup.

1 lbs lean ground beef

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves

teaspoon salt

teaspoon ground mustard

teaspoon pepper

1 garlic clove, finely chopped or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 egg

3 slices bread, torn into small pieces

1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)

cup ketchup, chili sauce or barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except ketchup. Spread mixture in ungreased loaf pan, 8x4x2 or 9x5x3 inches, or shape into 9x5-inch loaf in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Spread ketchup over top. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in center of loaf. Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Asian-Style Meatloaf

Cooking Light has found a way to infuse Asian flavor into American meatloaf made of ground turkey and pork. Instead of bread crumbs, finely crumbled plain rice crackers are added to the mixture. Other Asian-inspired flavors include hoisin sauce, water chestnuts, soy sauce, and fresh ginger.

1 (3 oz) pkg plain rice crackers

1 lb ground turkey breast

lb lean ground pork

1 cup chopped green onions

cup hoisin sauce, divided

cup chopped red bell pepper

cup drained chopped canned water chestnuts

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

teaspoon salt

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 large egg whites

cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place crackers in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Combine cracker crumbs, turkey, pork, green onions, 1/4 cup hoisin, and remaining ingredients except cooking spray in a large bowl.

Shape mixture into 6 (5 x 2 -inch) loaves on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; spread 2 teaspoons hoisin over top of each meat loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165 degrees. Let stand 5 minutes.