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sides with meatloaf

im feeling uninspired. the supper request is for meatloaf, which will be done with a ketchup/chili sauce kind of glaze, so nothing that needs gravy, please. however, i am at a complete loss as to what to have alongside. im bored with my general offerings of sauteed green beans, fresh creamed corn, zucchini a thousand ways, and roasted cauliflower. any suggestions for something new? or something that is always a hit at your casa?

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  1. If you can find heirloom tomatoes, a plate of sliced tomatoes with a touch of balsamic always works with our meatloaf this time of year.

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    1. re: TomSwift

      Along the same lines: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

      I didn't include any capers and used a crumbly (full fat) goat cheese instead of feta, but the basic recipe's the same. It's a lovely combination of flavors.

      Agree with ipsedixit and alkapal that something crispy would be great for the textural contrast, too.

    2. Catalan-style greens...either spinach or chard. the sweet & sour flavors would work really nicely with the meatloaf glaze.

      i don't follow specific recipes for most of my cooking, but this one is pretty close to my usual method:
      http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sw...

      my other thought was broccoli rabe sauteed with olive oil, garlic and red chili flakes.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        A favorite side dish in my family is baby potatoes tossed with olive oil, smashed garlic, and fresh rosemary then baked. Really tasty.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Love southern braised greens or broccoli rabe, yum! Just bought some turnip, mustard & collard greens to make next week - maybe have to make meatloaf with it!

          We usually have either mashed or cheesy scalloped potatoes when we make meatloaf. I just found a recipe of taking new baby potatoes, nuking them, then splitting them, not entirely, then stuffing the slit with a small slice of Brie, then putting them under the broiler! sounds so easy and really delicious.

          How about roasting some broccoli florets or fresh baby brussel sprouts? You can always saute those too with some bacon.

        2. I assume you're doing mashed potatoes, which go hand-in-hand with meatloaf. Creamed spinach is nice alongside them. Also glazed carrots.

          1. Lately I've been making chipotle smashed potatoes. Potatoes, butter, sour cream, chopped chipotles, bacon, shredded cheddar and green onions w/chopped cilantro for garnish.
            ETA: Zero calories, of course, for a nice, light complement to your meatloaf. ;)

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            1. re: shanagain

              I like chipotle smashed sweet potatoes, too, with meatloaf. Using this technique for either:

              http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

            2. I like to have a black bean and corn side dish when we have meatloaf. Grab a can of black beans and drain well, easiest in a sieve. Add a can of corn, also drained, unless you have fresh and don't mind cutting it off the cob. Finely dice about a 1/4 cup of cilantro, squeeze the juice of a small to medium lime over it all and toss with EVOO and salt and pepper. Very summer flavor, very complimentary to the garlic mashers that are a required meatloaf accessory!