Recipe by Jamie Justice Yost
"This meatloaf is moist, delicious, and a great way to sneak in some vegetables to your weekday dinners. Feel free to use whatever combination of meats based on your personal tastes or what's on sale at the supermarket. This is an often-requested recipe in my house and my husband still doesn't know about the zucchini in this recipe!"
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green bell pepper, diced
shredded Cheddar cheese
plain bread crumbs
1 (1 ounce) package
ranch dressing mix
I made this exactly as written. Let me start by saying I am not a meatloaf fan, but my guys requested it, and I knew I had to find something that wasn't your standard fare. This recipe is definitely a keeper with fantastic flavor, moist and plenty of leftovers. I made one big loaf and cooked for an hour and 10 minutes just to make sure it was cooked thru.
I won't make this again. The the flavor was ok...but the texture of the meat was weird....mushy. I made it exactly as the recipe states except for the green peppers.
I didn't have a packet of ranch seasoning, so I used about a cup of ranch dressing and about 1/4 cup extra bread crumbs. It tasted wonderful! I was short on time, and since this makes such a huge meat loaf I separated it into 4 small ones and cooked two of them for 35 minutes and did the other two while we ate. Me and my three young'ns ate one of them and saved one in the fridge for tomorrow. The other two are going in the freezer. Great recipe! Definitely a keeper!
I made this to the T, and my husband said it was one of the best meatloaf's he has ever had. I was sure that my most picky eater wouldn't even touch it and she even asked for seconds.
This is the best meatloaf I've ever made!! Left out the ranch dressing, and mixed ground turkey with Jimmy Dean sausage, don't know why but that's what I felt like. Fabulous!! Also added a dash of hot sauce to the topping, because we like it spicy. This one is going in the regular rotation for sure!! (BTW: Hubby had a little spaz over the zucchini, but it really didn't affect the flavor. You could see it still, if you are trying to be sneaky you might want to peel it first.)
I made this just using the ground turkey although, I do not recommend that as it was a little dry leaving out the beef. Either way, I decided to try this meatloaf because I love the taste of ranch burgers on the grill and zucchini. Although, in the taste of the end product I couldn't really taste the zucchini, but I wouldn't leave it out as it more likely added some neccessary moisture. Either way, all the flavors such as the green peppers all mingled together to make a nice tasting meatloaf. If I made again I would definitely at least use lean ground beef. And, I really did like the topping of mixing the ketchup with the A-1. I have never done that before. I even added a little more A-1 on the top and put back in the oven for about 5 more minutes when it was done. I believe any man would really like this meatloaf.
I thought this was very good! I'm not a huge meatloaf fan and I even liked the leftovers. I used all beef and actually shredded the onion the 2nd time I made it since it was quicker than chopping it. I also use Ian's Panko breadcrumbs since they are the only brand I can find without trans fats or corn syrup in them.
A huge hit at our house. Made this 6 days ago and my son asked me tonight when we can have it again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Zucchini Ranch Meatloaf
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 167
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