What to Serve with Meatloaf

If you are trying to figure out what goes well with homemade meatloaf for dinner, this list is exactly what you are looking for. Meatloaf is a classic family favorite and a comfort food staple that has been around for decades.  It really needs another comfort food side recipe to make a complete meal. Therefore, you will want to pick the best easy side dish to go with any ultimate homemade meatloaf recipe.

Whether you want a salad, vegetables, or potato, we have you covered with so many choices on what to enjoy with meatloaf. Many fellow food bloggers have shared some of their quick and easy side dish recipes to eat with your traditional, glazed, stuffed, beef, turkey, or any kind of meatloaf. All of these sides pair well with the seasonings, breadcrumbs, and ground beef that makes meatloaf a popular nostalgic recipe.  Meatloaf originated from Europe with different forms of meatballs and then became a form of American scrapple. If you ever wondered how meatloaf got to be so popular and other fun facts, find out at HISTORY OF MEATLOAF. 

 

 

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What to Serve with Meatloaf

This is a tasty list of what to offer with meatloaf.  To help you decide what to serve with meatloaf, I have broken down the list into some subcategories. So based on your mood, preference, or diet, there is something for everyone.  There are comfort food classics, healthy salads, casseroles,  low-carb, keto, gluten-free, and keto sides.  This recipe roundup of what to make with meatloaf includes:

  • Side Dishes by The Short Order Cook
  • Comfort Food Classic Side Dishes
  • Salad & Vegetable Side Dishes
  • Keto, Low Carb, or Gluten-Free Side Dishes

 

Side Dishes by The Short Order Cook

All of these recipes can be found on the website and are what to eat with meatloaf the next time you cook it at home. These are some of our family favorites.  They are delicious, home-cooked, and rich just as all the best comfort food side dish recipes should be.

 

Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes
Tender bite-sized potatoes are tossed with butter and ranch seasoning for a family favorite. These salt-crusted electric pressure cooker potatoes are easy and the best side dish recipe.
Check out this recipe
Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes

 

Low-Carb Keto Creamed Spinach Casserole
Creamed spinach is a tasty low-carb steakhouse restaurant favorite. This easy keto recipe is the best spinach casserole side dish.
Check out this recipe
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Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Creamy macaroni and cheese with caramelized onions are made even more amazing with crispy bacon. The best homemade recipe for elevated mac and cheese that adults and kids will love.
Check out this recipe
Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon in a casserole dish

 

Easy Homemade Soft Dinner Rolls
The best soft homemade dinner rolls baked using yeast are easy to make. These rolls are delicious and enjoyed best when warm straight out of the oven.
Check out this recipe
Freshly baked easy homemade soft dinner rolls

 

Keto Cornbread Chaffles
Cornbread chaffles made with almond flour are the best Mini Dash keto waffle recipe. A savory low-carb & gluten-free side for chili, soup, or salad.
Check out this recipe
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Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Instant pot steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy recipe that comes out perfect every time. In just a few minutes fresh broccoli is cooked and ready to enjoy.  This method works in any electric pressure cooker with or without a steamer basket and results in fresh steamed broccoli that is not mushy. 
Check out this recipe
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Amazing Roasted Green Beans with Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning
These delicious but easy green beans will be a family favorite. The nutty sesame seasoning that includes garlic and onion adds so much flavor.
Check out this recipe
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Comfort Food Classic Side Dishes

Comforting sides like mashed potatoes and creamed vegetables are commonly served with meatloaf.  Besides mashed potatoes and gravy, this list includes some comfort food classics and new recipes that you will want to make over and over again. All of these soul-pleasing recipes will be a sure-fire hit with the family.  

 

Potatoes Au Gratin
Potatoes au gratin has thinly sliced potatoes layered with a rich cream sauce plus cheese. A delicious comforting side dish that everyone will enjoy.
Check out this recipe
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Carrot & Rutabaga Mash
Quick and easy to make, this carrot and rutabaga mash is a great make-ahead side dish. Full of flavor and a gorgeous color for the perfect comforting recipe.
Check out this recipe
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Instant Pot Cheesy Potatoes
Think of these as a loaded baked potato that is made in your Instant Pot for an easy and delicious side dish. With smoky bacon, garlic, and sour cream, these pressure cooker potatoes are crazy irresistible.
Check out this recipe
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Fried Corn
Whether you have fresh or canned corn available, this side dish is easy to make and is loved by everyone. It is simply sweet and comforting.
Check out this recipe
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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Of course, meatloaf needs a great mashed potato side dish and this make-ahead recipe is perfect. It is rich and comforting just as it should be.
Check out this recipe
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Salad & Vegetable Side Dishes

Here are some great healthy side dishes to make and eat with your next dinner of meatloaf.  There is a healthy salad, mayo-based salad, and comforting vegetables and casseroles. All of them are yummy and complete your meal.

 

Red Cabbage Slaw
With just a few ingredients, this homemade slaw comes together in minutes. It is a wonderful simple side dish.
Check out this recipe
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Fried Potato Salad with Bacon & Homemade Aioli
This Fried Potato Salad features pan-fried potatoes that are elevated with bacon, scallion, red onion, and a homemade Smoked Paprika Aioli. This recipe is a delicious comforting side dish with a ton of flavor.
Check out this recipe
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Southern Squash Casserole
The cracker topping on this squash recipe creates a delicious crunch to compliment the creamy casserole. It is a perfectly cheesy vegetable side dish.
Check out this recipe
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Fried Cauliflower
These easy vegan cauliflower bites are addicting. They are wonderfully crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside which is perfect to pair with your favorite dip.
Check out this recipe
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Crispy Baked Parmesan Tomatoes
These delicious Baked Parmesan Tomatoes are topped with breadcrumbs, herbs, Parmesan cheese and garlic for a punch of flavor. These warm and crispy tomatoes are a comforting side dish.
Check out this recipe
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Keto, Low Carb, or Gluten-Free Side Dishes

This category of ideas to serve with meatloaf includes keto, low-carb, paleo, or gluten-free recipes. Try a new creamed vegetable or a gluten-free twist on a classic recipe. No matter what you choose, your healthy diet will be on track and your taste buds will thank you. 

 

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
This keto side dish is a wonderful compliment to any meatloaf recipe. After all, bacon and meatloaf should be a match in heaven, right?
Check out this recipe
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Best Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing
If you want a hearty side dish that is gluten-free, this vegan stuffing is just what you are looking for. Chunks of celery and carrots plus herbs make this stuffing comforting with classic flavors.
Check out this recipe
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Creamed Onion Gratin
Perfectly oven-baked onions in a creamy bechamel sauce with white wine, fresh thyme and, grated parmesan cheese. This creamed onion gratin is a perfect side dish for any comforting meal.
Check out this recipe
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Cream of Peas
This cream of peas recipe, aka creamed peas, is a quick, easy, and comforting recipe. Everyone will love peas as soon as they take one bite of these!
Check out this recipe
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Keto Mac & Cheese
Heavy cream and a 3-cheese blend make this keto cauliflower mac & cheese the most satisfying side dish. Enjoying a healthy low-carb version that is full of flavor and what is loved in this classic American dish just got easier.
Check out this recipe
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What to Serve with Meatloaf

Angela
If you are trying to figure out what goes well with good old-fashioned meatloaf for dinner, this list is exactly what you are looking for. If you want something new and not just mashed potatoes, try any of these new recipes for other comfort foods, casseroles, salads, vegetables, potatoes, or more. We have you covered with so many choices on what to serve and eat with homemade meatloaf.
Prep Time 0 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Try a Side Dish from the List Above, such as:

  • Creamed Onion Gratin
  • Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
  • Squash Casserole
  • Keto Creamed Spinach
  • Fried Corn
  • Cheesy Potatoes
  • Bacon Mac & Cheese
  • Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Instructions
 

  • Make your favorite meatloaf recipe.
  • Choose one or more wonderful sides from the lists above.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword American, baked, casserole, comfort food, dinner, easy, gluten-free, keto, low carb, potatoes, salad, side dish, sides, vegetables
 

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