Oh no, not another meatloaf recipe! I know everyone has their version of meatloaf. Some add catsup, vegetables, and there are a lot of recipes with Worcestershire sauce. I’ve found that as long as you follow a few basic guidelines, you really can’t mess up a meatloaf. Really.
This recipe is going to save you some precious time!
First, you have to have a little fat in your meat, that’s if you want your meat to be juicy and moist, and yes we do want that! So buy a cut of meat with some fat. See the guideline below from About.com, homecooking.
Ground chuck : 80 to 85 percent lean / 15 to 20 percent fat
Ground round : 85 to 90 percent lean / 10 to 15 percent fat
Ground sirloin : 90 to 92 percent lean / 8 to 10 percent fat
Second, you need filler. You may think that filler is used to stretch your meal feeding a few more mouths, and that may be true, but it also really does contribute to a good tasting meatloaf. Adding breadcrumbs, bread pieces or old fashioned oats will lighten the mixture. Otherwise, your loaf will be a dense slab of meat and seem like you’re eating a hockey puck! You get the idea 😉 I layered some mock mashed potatoes (recipe to follow) in my meatloaf muffins. To add a layer of mashed potatoes or mac 'n cheese, place meat on the bottom 1/3 of the pan, layer with your cooked filling, and top with more meat.
So don’t forget to add some filler! Vegetables like chopped carrots or celery will also add a nice texture and will contribute to a perfect meatloaf, so add veggies to your mixture.
I layered some mock mashed potatoes (recipe to follow) in my meatloaf muffins. To add a layer of mashed potatoes or mac 'n cheese, place meat on the bottom 1/3 of the pan, layer with your cooked filling, and top with more meat.
Third, you need to season the meat. This is where you can get a little creative and start adding your favorite flavors. I always add garlic and of course onion – and during those busy week days when I want a home cooked meal in a hurry, bottled barbeque sauce (Stubbs) comes to the rescue adding delicious flavor. Get creative, the seasoning choices are endless!
The last tip I have for this ultimate comfort food to be on your table is to cut your cooking time in half by using a muffin or mini loaf pans to cook your meat in. Not only do you have cute individual sized servings, but dinner is ready in 30 minutes!! Gotta love that.
Serve with your favorite vegetable and mashed potatoes! I’ll be sharing a “mock” mashed potato recipe soon! It’s a delicious new family favorite! Using Cauliflower instead of potatoes!!
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