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What to serve with Meatloaf?

food.fiend Mar 3, 2008 05:11 AM

What is your favorite side? Any new ideas? I am feeling very uncreative lately! Any help greatly appreciated!

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    shaebones Mar 3, 2008 05:16 AM

    When I'm craving a comfort meal its meatloaf, mashed poatoes and peas all the way!

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    1. re: shaebones
      happyhomemaker Mar 3, 2008 10:55 AM

      I was going to type the same thing. It's a good meal.

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        macca Mar 3, 2008 11:25 AM

        That's how we serve it, too. Sometimes wer sub green beans for the peas.

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          lrostron Mar 3, 2008 12:36 PM

          Classically speaking, either baked or mashed potatoes for us. Sometimes, if we don;t do gravy, scalloped potatoes. If I feel the need for a veg other than a potato, roasted carrots are good. Also, a nice polenta works well, with or without gravy.

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            crosby_p Mar 4, 2008 03:50 AM

            Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes....and CORN

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              pickychicky1979 Mar 5, 2008 08:52 AM

              Amen! That's what my momma always served and same goes for our house

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                MrsCheese Mar 6, 2008 03:21 PM

                Me too! I love it when they get mixed all together, even though that sounds gross.

          2. Gio Mar 3, 2008 05:37 AM

            I make a very spicy meatloaf with ground bison. The sides I usually serve are:
            Steamed jasmine or basmati rice
            Stir fried bok choy or braised escarole
            Home made cole slaw with a vinegar dressing

            1. gini Mar 3, 2008 09:57 AM

              I crave something green with my meatloaf:

              sauteed spinach with roasted garlic

              if you make a gravy, mashed potatoes are in order to soak it up.

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                Kelli2006 Mar 3, 2008 10:57 AM

                I like baked or roasted potatoes w/ meatloaf, so either white or sweet potatoes work well.

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                  TomDel Mar 3, 2008 11:21 AM

                  I don’t know or remember how this started, but in my family we serve meatloaf with a baked potato; then take it out of its skin, mash it up with a fork, add butter, generously cover with cream corn and add plenty of salt and pepper. This is served with the bacon, onions and pepper strips that were draped over the meatloaf during the last half hour of cooking. Probably a gazillion calories, but it sure does taste good.

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                    pilches Mar 3, 2008 12:09 PM

                    oven roasted brussel sprouts and shallots, drizzled with olive oil, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Simple and delicious.

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                      wildfire Mar 4, 2008 09:41 AM

                      That sounds delicious!!!

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                      bobfxd Mar 3, 2008 12:25 PM

                      I gotta try this.

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                        missfunkysoul Mar 3, 2008 02:09 PM

                        what could be bad?

                      2. Sam Fujisaka Mar 3, 2008 12:55 PM

                        Lightly dressed green salad and hot steamed rice.

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                          rumgum Mar 3, 2008 05:57 PM

                          I second the hot rice.

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                          Felixnot Mar 3, 2008 12:58 PM

                          home made mac n cheese. then something green - peas, or brussel sprouts.

                          1. Jennalynn Mar 3, 2008 01:02 PM

                            How about ratatouille?

                            Or gingered honey carrots?

                            Or roasted brussel sprouts with walnuts?

                            Or cauliflower gratin?

                            Or baked beans?

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                              wildfire Mar 4, 2008 09:42 AM

                              Ratatouille is a really good idea. I never would have though of pairing the two.

                            2. hondo77 Mar 3, 2008 01:46 PM

                              Mashed potatoes with gravy and corn-on-the-cob. I can substitute for the corn if they're not available but my daughter would kill me if I messed with the potatoes and gravy :-).

                              1. fayehess Mar 3, 2008 01:49 PM

                                I love meatloaf with broccoli rabe (garlic, olive oil, salt and pepperoncino), roasted tomatoes and smashed yukon gold potatotes with parmesan. fayefood.com

                                1. livetocook Mar 3, 2008 01:52 PM

                                  We had it last night with mashed potatoes, steam carrots and brussel sprouts. It was goooood!

                                  1. TrishUntrapped Mar 3, 2008 02:13 PM

                                    This is a great potato match with meatloaf (You can buy a box of cornflake crumbs in your local market, usually along side the bread crumbs or Shake and Bake stuff).

                                    Cornflake Crumb Roasted Potatoes

                                    Peel and cut baking potatoes in chunks about the size of two bites.

                                    Dip potatoes in a bowl of melted butter, then roll potatoes in the crumbs to coat.

                                    Place potato pieces on a lined cookie sheet or baking pan, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, and bake for 40 -50 minutes or until soft enough to eat.

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                                      missfunkysoul Mar 3, 2008 02:18 PM

                                      Not so exciting, but I love meatloaf served with mashed potatoes w/copious amounts of roasted garlic mixed in, and whatever green is in season at the time. If I were making it today, it would be kale or chard or a green salad of winter lettuces.

                                      You can try it with Israeli cous cous also though, my husband and I are obsessed with it at the moment. Chop an onion, carrot and celery stalk + saute until slightly softened in a little olive oil, add ICC + stir to coat and toast the grains, add stock to cover + an inch and let it simmer until done. You may have to drain it, you may not... but it's great with meatloaf!

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                                        food.fiend Mar 3, 2008 02:20 PM

                                        So many great ideas!
                                        I was looking for a few things outside my normal rotation, and have definitely found a few!

                                        ps - cooking tomorrow night, so more ideas are welcome! :o)

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                                          pcdarnell Mar 3, 2008 02:28 PM

                                          Another vote for mashed potatoes and peas with meatloaf. My kids would rebel if I ever changed it up.

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                                            hipchick47 Mar 3, 2008 06:20 PM

                                            Come on people meatloaf is sacred. No need for creativity here Its mashed potato with tons of butter and peas. Now whats in the meatloaf is another thread that has been beaten to death on this board.

                                            1. Mild Bill Mar 3, 2008 06:42 PM

                                              You guys HAVE to try Tyler's Ultimate recipe for Colcannon, the classic Irish potato dish... Actually a gorgeous girl in Ireland named Christabel made it for him in her home...


                                              I bring it as a covered dish sometimes and it blows everybody's minds...
                                              Letting it sit overnight in the fridge makes it all come together more fully, but it's not necessary......
                                              It reheats magnificently...

                                              I substituted Bacos for the ham when I made it for vegetarians and loved it that way...
                                              That's how I make it now...

                                              It's so easy to make, and SO worth it...
                                              You can absolutely reduce the butter recommended, but it is a lot of potatoes...
                                              For fun I get Kerrygold Irish butter from Publix.. Good butter...
                                              I'll use some half & half if I reduce the butter...

                                              Make it following the recipe the first time...
                                              I did, and fell in love...

                                              Get this into your rotation!

                                              With meatloaf, forgetaboutit!

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                                                dolores Mar 4, 2008 04:31 AM

                                                Wow. That sounds delish. I can see it being a big hit as a casserole sidedish.

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                                                  happyhomemaker Mar 4, 2008 08:31 AM

                                                  Thanks for the new recipe from Tyler. I love Colcannon. I've been making "Diane's Colcannon" from allrecipes.com for several years now. The only change I've made to her recipe is to use part of a 16oz. bag of Dole cole slaw mix in place of the cabbage called for. It just saves a bit of time chopping if I'm rushed for time, and I like the color of the grated carrot in the potatoes. Not traditional, I know.

                                                  Our son is coming home from college this weekend and since he won't be home for St. Patrick's Day, he asked if there was a chance we could have Corned Beef and Cabbage and Colcannon this weekend. Well, YAY!!

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                                                  gotvin Mar 4, 2008 04:24 AM

                                                  Mashed cauliflower!

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                                                    dolores Mar 4, 2008 04:29 AM

                                                    Garlic mashed potatoes and homemade biscuits with butter and jam.

                                                    And ketchup of course for the meatloaf.


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                                                    love_london Mar 4, 2008 04:59 AM

                                                    well what to have with meatloaf.. well i do awsome cooking and thats my job... so when i make meatloaf i have steam viggies, like your orange and greens, maybe with a sauce on the side and make look awsome, make sure the meatloaf is very good not to dark of a brown, i love my very light brown and make it look good or have fruit with it.. make sure your dish is very clean and wonderful looking... brought colours at all times..

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                                                      swsidejim Mar 4, 2008 05:06 AM

                                                      For me a meatloaf dinner isnt a meatloaf dinner unless there are mashed potatoes, and gravy as one sidedish involved.. Throw in some corn, or some green vegetable, and the meal is complete.

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                                                        Analisas mom Mar 4, 2008 06:37 AM

                                                        Wew love boiled potato's with butter and parsley and black-eyed peas with meat loaf. I also usually add a green salad.

                                                        1. macca Mar 4, 2008 12:22 PM

                                                          I am going to throw this put there- will ruin my rep forever- but i LOVE meatloaf sandwiches ( room temp) with ketchup. It is one of the few things I put ketchup on, but I will admit I love it!!

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                                                            Gio Mar 4, 2008 04:43 PM

                                                            We're right there with you, macca. We love meatloaf sandwiches too.... with ketchup, a few lettuce leaves and nice slices of whole wheat bread. Add home made instant pickles, and chips of some kind.... A satisfying lunch or a quick gotta go to a meeting dinner.

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                                                              macca Mar 5, 2008 06:18 AM

                                                              wish I had some for lunch today!

                                                          2. scubadoo97 Mar 4, 2008 04:37 PM

                                                            roasted cauliflower and cooked greens. I have really been getting into using kale. It is a little sweeter than mustard or collards.

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                                                              food.fiend Mar 5, 2008 04:55 AM

                                                              So. I ended up making Potatoes au Gratin and the roasted brussel sprouts and shallots. The latter turned out delicious, but oh my, I did NOT enjoy the Potatoes au Gratin... I don't suppose anyone has any reccs on that? I might need to start a new thread.... sigh...

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                                                                macca Mar 5, 2008 06:24 AM

                                                                what happened to the potatoes? I LOVE au gratin potatoes. Easy to make- cream, butter, potatoes, salt pepper and cheese . Great made with half sweet and half white potatoes, too. Some people add flour to thicken, but I find if cooked slowly, the cream with thicken nicely.

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                                                                  food.fiend Mar 7, 2008 09:08 AM

                                                                  I tried making them with Creme Fraiche. *NOT* to be repeated. It's not that they were "horrible", they just weren't the au gratin potatoes that I love. :o)

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                                                                    macca Mar 7, 2008 09:47 AM

                                                                    yea- gotta use cream!!Decadent, but oh so good.

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                                                                  Jennalynn Mar 5, 2008 10:00 AM

                                                                  Roasted brussel sprouts will convert any sprout hater into a lover! ; )

                                                                  Sorry about the potatoes.

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                                                                    otis1027 Mar 7, 2013 09:09 PM


                                                                    gotta try this recipe...i usually add some scallions finely chopped...unreal!

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                                                                    food.fiend Mar 5, 2008 04:56 AM

                                                                    ps - thanks for all the ideas! and, yes, leftover meatloaf sandwiches tonight!

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