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10-13-2011 07:15 PM
Viv Vetrono

novaxnocirc.gifprolly....if meat is only eaten seldom....the quantity would be the main factor here....also the time in hours before you lay down.......I eat meat, only on occasion, and NEVER in the evening.....in fact...I have learned that, for me,(I'm OLD), my main meal is about 2 in the afternoon......while experimenting with this, I found I wasn't sleeping well, so I added greek yogurt in the evening, and this extra protein worked well for me....our bodies change with age, climate, stress, etc.....my nutrition is always a changing novel......sending peace

10-12-2011 11:21 AM
Aletheia

pioneerwoman's recipe has you use a broiler pan, too, and I found the result last night to be just as you said- crispy on the outside, but moist in the middle.

 

I will say this, though-- the meatloaf wrapped in bacon might not be the best choice for those who eat meat but rarely.  :)  I had a hard time sleeping last night, and plenty of indigestion.  And I don't think that was just 1st trimester blues, though I'm sure that's part of it. 

10-11-2011 09:45 PM
jenniferlindsay

My recipes are already posted.But,I wanted to add a tip that I love.

 

I learned,via Alton Brown,that using a loaf pan "steams" the meat loaf.

 

So,I experimented.Using the loaf pan to shape the meat,I put it on a larger broiling pan and flattened it a bit.

 

Alton is right!! the meat loaf came out very flavorful and with a crispiness around the edges with plenty of moisture.

 

 

Also,check your fat content.The dryness can come from using too low fat of a meat.I wouldn't recommend using all 15% fat ratio for instance.

 

Also,using tomato paste(contadina) instead of sauce gives lots of flavor.

 

Let us know what  your experiments lead to!

 

 

Lindsay

 

10-11-2011 01:23 PM
Lenore K.

QUICK AND EASY MEATLOAF

 

2 lbs. ground chuck

1/2 c. finely chopped onion or 1 envelope onion soup mix

approximately 4" of stacked soda crackers in pkg or a handful of dry oatmeal (about 1/2 cup)

1 egg

1 can Del Monte Original Style stewed tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

 

Mix thoroughly and bake for about 1 hr.

10-11-2011 11:15 AM
Viv Vetrono

this is the ONLY meatloaf I will cook/eat....

1.5/2 lbs. very lean ground beef....(I have @ times added some turkey for part of the #'s)

3 to 4 C grated sharp cheddar cheese

1C fine chopped onion

1 egg

3T worcestershire sauce

3/4 C. ketchup

several slices of bacon

 

mix all but bacon well & form loaf, (or two small ones to cut cooking time)

put in pan & wrap bacon around meat

350 degree oven for 1 hr...(or depending how ur oven cooks)

 

I have not made this thru the summer, and my mouth is watering altho I eat very little meat these days

10-11-2011 09:21 AM
cilla76

I wish I could take credit and give credit for this recipe.  It's moist, easy, yummy and even my picky eater loves it.

 

P.S.  It goes really well with the mashed potato recipe.

 

 

 

Meatloaf Recipe
Ingredients:
1 package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large egg
2/3 cup milk
3 Tablespoons catsup
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
 
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
 
2. Mix the onion soup mix, ground beef, egg and milk together.
 
3. Form the combination into a well packed loaf shape in a 13 X 9 X 2 loaf pan.
 
4. Combine the rest of the ingredients and spoon onto the top of the meatloaf.
 
5. Bake uncovered, for about an hour. When done, take the meatloaf out of the pan and place on a serving plate. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
 
 
Perfect Mashed Potatoes for Meat loaf
 
Ingredients:
 
4 pounds yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
salt and pepper
2 cups heavy cream
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons chopped chives
 
Directions:
 
1. Put the potatoes into a large pot, add 2 Tablespoons salt, and cover with cold water.
 
2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well.
 
3. Heat the butter and cream in a small saucepan.
 
4. Mash the potatoes well with a potato masher until smooth and free of chunks.
 
5. Add the hot cream/butter mixture and season with salt and pepper. Mix well, adding the chives while mixing.
10-11-2011 09:05 AM
Aletheia

Given the time of year, I just had to share this link.  :)  Click through to see how you can make your meat loaf look like... a hand.  Eeks!

 

http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2009/10/27/meat-hand/

10-06-2011 02:37 AM
treemom2

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Originally Posted by treemom2 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by gingerstar View Post
Ooh, I have the best meatloaf recipe ever! So moist and tender and flavorful, my kids ask for it all the time. (My husband always begs me to double it - but once, I did, and he ate like, 1/2 a loaf all by himself! So I tell him I won't, just to look out for his colon!)Applesauce Meatloaf1 beaten egg1 1/2 c soft bread crumbs (about 2 slices)1/2 c applesauce1/4 c chopped celery (I omit)2 T minced onion1 t Dijon mustard1/2 t saltdash pepper Mix all, add 1 lb ground beef, mix thoroughly. Shape into round loaf in 8x8 pan. Make depression in top.Combine and pour into depression:1/2 c applesauce1 T brown sugar1 1/2 t vinegar1/2 t dijon mustardBake 1 hour at 350. YUM!
Tonight I will make this one for the 2nd time. We love it!! My DD who usually hates all meat dishes asked for seconds. . .said it was her favorite thing ever!! I also used apple cider vinegar when I made it

Lol, my husband asked me to stop making this because we eat the entire thing. . .it's sooooo, soooo, good!!!
 

 

02-23-2010 05:02 PM
kyndmamaof4 I grate veggies in mine..always carrots and onions, but most anything found in the fridge works well. I usually use 97% lean for everything, but for meatloaf, I buy 85/15 gb and to rid myself of the fat that would normally be in the bottom of the pan, I line my loaf pan bottom with slices of bread. It absorbs all that fat that leaks out without it sitting in grease. It makes the biggest difference
02-23-2010 03:39 PM
Chicky2 When I make meatloaf I like to mix up the meats. Our fav. is goat and pork. Rabbit and turkey is great, too!
02-23-2010 09:24 AM
BetsyS My family loves meatloaf!

I always make a throw together, no recipe version.

1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup oats
1 egg
1 small onion, diced fine
ketchup or chili sauce
salt, pepper, garlic powder
worchestershire sauce

The last 10 minutes, top with a mixture of:
ketchup or chili sauce
brown sugar
worchestershire sauce
02-23-2010 03:40 AM
treemom2
Quote:
Originally Posted by gingerstar View Post
Ooh, I have the best meatloaf recipe ever! So moist and tender and flavorful, my kids ask for it all the time. (My husband always begs me to double it - but once, I did, and he ate like, 1/2 a loaf all by himself! So I tell him I won't, just to look out for his colon!)

Applesauce Meatloaf

1 beaten egg
1 1/2 c soft bread crumbs (about 2 slices)
1/2 c applesauce
1/4 c chopped celery (I omit)
2 T minced onion
1 t Dijon mustard
1/2 t salt
dash pepper

Mix all, add 1 lb ground beef, mix thoroughly. Shape into round loaf in 8x8 pan. Make depression in top.
Combine and pour into depression:
1/2 c applesauce
1 T brown sugar
1 1/2 t vinegar
1/2 t dijon mustard

Bake 1 hour at 350. YUM!
Tonight I will make this one for the 2nd time. We love it!! My DD who usually hates all meat dishes asked for seconds. . .said it was her favorite thing ever!! I also used apple cider vinegar when I made it
01-16-2010 01:25 AM
napless They cook in half the time of a regular loaf. They are nice for lunch the next day too.

Preheat oven to 350F/175C.

3/4 cup/180 mL finely chopped onion

2/3 cup/150 mL bread crumbs

1/3 cup/75 mL lemon juice

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

1/4 tsp/1 mL pepper

2 lb/1 kg lean ground beef

1/2 cup/125 mL Cheddar cheese, grated

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except beef and cheese.
Add the beef. Mix well.
Pack the mixture into 12 muffin cups.
Mound the cheese over each mini-loaf.
Bake for about 45 minutes, or until meatloaves are set and meat is no longer pink inside.
01-14-2010 07:51 PM
2cutiekitties
Quote:
Originally Posted by gingerstar View Post
Ooh, I have the best meatloaf recipe ever! So moist and tender and flavorful, my kids ask for it all the time. (My husband always begs me to double it - but once, I did, and he ate like, 1/2 a loaf all by himself! So I tell him I won't, just to look out for his colon!)

Applesauce Meatloaf

1 beaten egg
1 1/2 c soft bread crumbs (about 2 slices)
1/2 c applesauce
1/4 c chopped celery (I omit)
2 T minced onion
1 t Dijon mustard
1/2 t salt
dash pepper

Mix all, add 1 lb ground beef, mix thoroughly. Shape into round loaf in 8x8 pan. Make depression in top.
Combine and pour into depression:
1/2 c applesauce
1 T brown sugar
1 1/2 t vinegar
1/2 t dijon mustard

Bake 1 hour at 350. YUM!
I tried this tonight and OMG it was so good and I almost fainted!

DH liked it but it was too gourment for him. DS (almost 3) wanted no part of it, which is typical for him. Oh and my cat liked it too!
11-03-2009 08:44 AM
chattyprincess
Quote:
Originally Posted by YinYang View Post
I'm really not a meatloaf person - never made one and never liked them... but I'm craving it and have tons of ground beef. I don't have any recipes however.

I prefer MOIST meats which is why I think I've not ever been a fan of meatloaf - it always seems so dried out to me.

Can you post some tried and true yummy meatloaf recipes please?

Thanks! :
I agree, I hate meatloaf with a wild passion....however oddly enough my mil makes an amazing recipe!
1lb ground beef
1 box dried stuffing mix
2 cans of mushroom gravy or the homemade equivalant to this amount

mix the ground beef, stuffing and 1can of gravy together in a bowl. preheat oven to 350, shape meat mixture into mini loaves on a cookie sheet and then top with remaining gravy (reserving some to add on top one cooked) bake until internal temp is 160!!! YUMMY!!!
11-02-2009 03:28 PM
Barefoot~Baker

I just had to bump this thread

I've had the cajun meatloaf 3x now, and the applesauce meatloaf I'm making again tonight. I've had the curry one that I posted many times.

06-20-2009 06:03 PM
Barefoot~Baker Ok, we had Pioneer Woman's last night, it's reaaaaally good. I think the applesauce and curry meatloafs are my top faves though!
06-02-2009 08:18 PM
Barefoot~Baker We had the applesauce meatloaf for dinner, it is soooooooo delicious!!! Next is Pioneer Woman's...
05-23-2009 12:00 PM
YinYang
Quote:
Originally Posted by gingerstar View Post
Ooh, I have the best meatloaf recipe ever! So moist and tender and flavorful, my kids ask for it all the time. (My husband always begs me to double it - but once, I did, and he ate like, 1/2 a loaf all by himself! So I tell him I won't, just to look out for his colon!)

Applesauce Meatloaf

1 beaten egg
1 1/2 c soft bread crumbs (about 2 slices)
1/2 c applesauce
1/4 c chopped celery (I omit)
2 T minced onion
1 t Dijon mustard
1/2 t salt
dash pepper

Mix all, add 1 lb ground beef, mix thoroughly. Shape into round loaf in 8x8 pan. Make depression in top.
Combine and pour into depression:
1/2 c applesauce
1 T brown sugar
1 1/2 t vinegar
1/2 t dijon mustard

Bake 1 hour at 350. YUM!
:::

YUM! I just made this one - the only change I made was - I used oats instead of breadcrumbs and I used apple cider vinegar.

D-I-V-I-N-E

So far I haven't tried one I DIDN'T like and that's saying a lot since I typically can't stand meatloaf!

I want to try the pioneer woman's... but man, that is A LOT (and it is just my 3 yo and me.....) I might try to halve that one.

Just had to comment on this applesauce meatloaf - ADDICTIVE!
04-14-2009 07:35 PM
onlyzombiecat The only meatloaf I like is this-> http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/20...-meatloaf.html
04-14-2009 06:48 PM
gossamer I use tomato sauce instead of ketchup because my husband is a diabetic. I also take 1/4 cup of additional tomato sauce and stir in 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of italien seasonings. Let is sit for about 1/2 the bake time of the meatloaf. Then open the oven, pull back the foil and cover with the sauce. Cook the resto fthe way. I also sometimes will take the mixture, xpread it out onto foil or wax paper , spread it out into a rectangle about as wide as my pan. Then layer muenster or mozerella cheese int eh middle, roll up the meat and transfer to meatloaf pan and cook. So every slice has melted goodness in it.
04-14-2009 06:09 PM
gingerstar Ooh, I have the best meatloaf recipe ever! So moist and tender and flavorful, my kids ask for it all the time. (My husband always begs me to double it - but once, I did, and he ate like, 1/2 a loaf all by himself! So I tell him I won't, just to look out for his colon!)

Applesauce Meatloaf

1 beaten egg
1 1/2 c soft bread crumbs (about 2 slices)
1/2 c applesauce
1/4 c chopped celery (I omit)
2 T minced onion
1 t Dijon mustard
1/2 t salt
dash pepper

Mix all, add 1 lb ground beef, mix thoroughly. Shape into round loaf in 8x8 pan. Make depression in top.
Combine and pour into depression:
1/2 c applesauce
1 T brown sugar
1 1/2 t vinegar
1/2 t dijon mustard

Bake 1 hour at 350. YUM!
04-13-2009 07:49 PM
ChristyH
Quote:
Originally Posted by texaspeach View Post
my most favorite one is the pioneer woman's . I was SHOCKED at how good it was.
This is my favorite too, it's super yummy!
04-13-2009 07:43 PM
Barefoot~Baker This meatloaf is insanely good, especially if you are a big fan of curry. I use brown rice :

Black Rice Curried Meatloaf

Makes 8 servings

1/2 cup Black Japonica rice blend or long-grain brown rice
1 cup water
1 small zucchini, shredded using the large holes of a box grater
1 Tbsp expeller-pressed walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped - i hate celery and never put it in
1 Tbsp curry powder - i use "Sharwood's Mild Curry"
2 tsps naturally prepared Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
2 pounds 93%-lean ground beef
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 cup mango chutney, plus more for serving, if desired -

Meatloaf need not be boring or dry — especially when it’s made with wholesome ingredients including fresh, naturally raised beef. This all-natural version is moist with cooked rice and plenty of vegetables. Curry powder gives extra flavor to the meatloaf, and mango chutney spread on top stands in for the traditional ketchup topping.

1. Bring rice and water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer at the lowest bubble until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, 30 to 50 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, squeeze any excess moisture from zucchini. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add onion, celery and zucchini; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in curry powder; cook 1 minute. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and salt until combined. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 15 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan with cooking spray.

4. Spoon the cooked rice onto a clean cutting board and chop the grains into small bits with a large knife. Transfer to the bowl with the vegetables, add ground beef and egg and gently mix until just combined. Place the mixture on the prepared pan and shape into a loaf, about 10 inches by 5 inches. Spread chutney evenly over the top.

5. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf registers 165°F, 1 hour to 1 1/4 hours. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional mango chutney, if desired.

EatingWell.com
04-13-2009 11:43 AM
mamatoablessing I generally use quick cooking oats (instead of breadcrumbs) and they work just fine. Not sure I've ever used the regualr kind...
04-13-2009 11:20 AM
YinYang I've made almost all of these now, you all ROCK! Thanks so much!

One general question - I have been subbing oats for any bread/grain type ingredient. Does it matter if I use quick-cooking or regular oats? So far I've used instant just because I'm trying to use them up (I don't really want to buy them again but had a HUGE thing of them) - but not sure if regular oats would be fine.

Thanks!

And really, my whole view of meatloaf is completely changed now, whew!
03-09-2009 11:53 PM
snowbunny This is my recipe for meatloaf - we make it pretty frequently. It's studded with vegetables and it's grain-free too.
03-09-2009 11:23 PM
mamatoablessing My family loves this cajun style meatloaf - this is the only kind they will eat now. It's got a bit of kick but you can adjust the spices to suit your taste.

Quote:
2 Whole bay leaves
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Black pepper
1/2 teaspoon White pepper
1/2 teaspoon Ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Ground
4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
3/4 cup Finely chopped onions
1/2 cup Green bell peppers -- chopped (I hate GP so I always leave them out)
1/2 cup Celery - chopped
1/4 cup Green onions -- finely chopped
2 teaspoons Minced garlic
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Evaporated milk
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
1 1/2 pounds Ground beef
1/2 pound Ground pork or sausage
2 Eggs -- lightly beaten
1 cup oats

Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Melt the butter in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, tabasco, Worcestershire and seasoning mix. Saute until mixture starts sticking excessively, about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping the pan bottom well. Stir in the milk and catsup. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
Place the ground beef and pork in an ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Add the eggs, the cooked vegetable mixture and the bread crumbs, remove the bay leaves. Mix by hand until thoroughly combined. In the center of the pan, shape the mixture into a loaf that is about 1-1/2 inches high, 6 inches wide and 12 inches long. Bake uncovered at 350F for 25 minutes, then raise heat to 400F and continue cooking until done, about 35 minutes longer.
My MIL bakes a huge block of mozzarella cheese into her meatloaf (not the cajun kind though) and it is really great!
03-09-2009 10:39 PM
Pinky Tuscadero I like to mix in whatever sauces I have handy for variety. One of our favorites is salsa. You can also use crushed tortilla chips instead of whatever other bread/cracker/crumb you might use to give it a yummy taco-y taste.
03-09-2009 10:31 PM
tinyblackdot We use the basic meatloaf recipe, and then add shredded carrots and zuchini for added veggies, and then salsa (which is the tomato sauce, bell peppers and onions all in one.) and chedar cheese.
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