In Hidden Figures (in theaters now), Oscar-winner Spencer plays a brilliant mathematician at NASA. So it’s only fitting that she gave our meat loaf her own genius spin.

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Octavia Spencer Cheeseburger Meat Loaf
Octavia Spencer photography by Getty, Cheeseburger Meat Loaf photography by Peter Ardito
| Credit: Octavia Spencer photography by Getty, Cheeseburger Meat Loaf photography by Peter Ardito

The Challenge: Cheeseburger Meat Loaf

Cheeseburger Meat Loaf Ingredients
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"I love Southern comfort foods: collards, cornbread, black-eyed peas, lima beans and sweet potatoes."

Cheeseburger Meat Loaf Muffin Pan
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"I modified the recipe to make individual meat loaves in a muffin pan. They should freeze well, which will be great when I return to the sanctuary that is my home after being on the road"

Cheeseburger Meat Loaf Pan Apples Oven
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"The funniest moment was when I set off  my smoke alarm—I mean a full-on BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, and then a voice repeats FIRE, FIRE, FIRE. At least I know it works!"

Cheeseburger Meat Loaf on Plate
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"I feel like I finished a crazy marathon and have come out the victor. I can't wait to dig in to my first cheeseburger meat loaf! Thanks, Rachael!"

Octavia Spencer Cheeseburger Meat Loaf Recipe
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