Here’s a fun variation of the traditional meatloaf that kids love.
I remember this recipe from the kids cookbook we had when I was growing up. I don’t have that particular recipe, but the idea is the same; it works with any meatloaf recipe. Instead of forming it into a loaf, you just put several dollops of meatloaf on a baking sheet or 9×13 baking dish. Then you make rings out of them — flattening the dollops slightly, smoothing the edges, and stretching the middles into holes.
The meatloaf recipe I use has a sauce to go on top, so I just drizzle that on the rings before I pop them in the oven. They bake for 35-40 minutes at 350*.
While they are baking, I cook potatoes and mash them, adding salt and milk to make them smooth and creamy. Then when the rings are done, I top them with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese, then stick them back in the oven just until the potatoes are good and hot, and the cheese is melted.
Here is a very basic meatloaf recipe.
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups of bread crumbs
- 1 1/2 cups of milk
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- dash of pepper
Mix all ingredients together.
And here is the sauce to go on top.
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 3/4 Tbsp. prepared mustard
(Recipe adapted from Mennonite Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley.)