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Meat Loaf with Sweet Potatoes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.


8 servings

Mother often prepared this for supper after Sunday services. Sweet potatoes are a traditional part of Southern cooking. - Kay Goins, Church Hill, Tennessee


  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 50 crackers), divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 can (23 ounces) cut sweet potatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 bacon strips


  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, egg, 1/2 cup of cracker crumbs, green pepper, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes; drain. Combine sweet potatoes and molasses; roll potatoes in remaining crumbs. Add potatoes to the pan; place bacon strips over meat loaf. Bake 30 minutes longer or until the meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°.
Instead of a 23-ounce can of sweet potatoes, use four medium fresh sweet potatoes that have been peeled, cut and cooked.

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