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What to serve with Meatloaf?

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

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

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    1. re: shaebones

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

      1. re: shaebones

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

        1. re: shaebones

          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.

          1. re: shaebones

            Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes....and CORN

            1. re: crosby_p

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

              1. re: pickychicky1979

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

            2. re: shaebones

              Another vote for the classic sides. Best comfort food meal ever.

            3. 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. 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.

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: TomDel

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

                        1. Lightly dressed green salad and hot steamed rice.

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

                            1. How about ratatouille?

                              Or gingered honey carrots?

                              Or roasted brussel sprouts with walnuts?

                              Or cauliflower gratin?

                              Or baked beans?

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                              1. re: Jennalynn

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

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

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

                                    1. 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.

                                      1. 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!

                                        1. 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)

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

                                            1. 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. 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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                                                1. re: Mild Bill

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

                                                  1. re: Mild Bill

                                                    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!!

                                                    1. re: gotvin

                                                      Garlic mashed potatoes and homemade biscuits with butter and jam.

                                                      And ketchup of course for the meatloaf.


                                                    2. 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..

                                                      1. 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.

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

                                                          1. 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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                                                            1. re: macca

                                                              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.

                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                wish I had some for lunch today!

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

                                                              1. 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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                                                                1. re: food.fiend

                                                                  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.

                                                                  1. re: macca

                                                                    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)

                                                                    1. re: food.fiend

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

                                                                      1. re: macca

                                                                        Ya, you must use cream. There's something in potatoes that makes whole milk separate.
                                                                        Gratin P's are on my list of watching a true expert make. Like CF.

                                                                  2. re: food.fiend

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

                                                                    Sorry about the potatoes.

                                                                    1. re: food.fiend


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

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

                                                                      1. I make easie meatloaf . turkey stove top stuffing , onion a egg mix ketsup on top an bake .then I like scalloped potatoes and beet tops.

                                                                        1. Puréed cauliflower. Simmer cauliflower and a large clove of garlic in milk until soft, drain and reserve the milk in case you need it , I never have . Add 2 or more T of butter and blend with an immersion blender. Add milk, if needed.