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Meatloaf

Meatloaf is the most commonly consumed American forcemeat and a classic comfort food. Another popular forcemeat is the “Hot Dog” or Frankfurter.

Thousands of recipes for meatloaf here and a few more here too!.

Amixture of 50% beef, 25% pork and 25% veal is a good ratio for a standard meatloaf.

A mixture of 50% beef, 25% pork and 25% veal is a good ratio for a standard meatloaf.

 

Mix the ground meat together with a couple of eggs, some bread crumbs, secret blend of special seasonings, some dried onion flakes, a bit of garlic powder.  It is important to work in a cold environment, using chilled equipment and to work quickly.  Additionally, the meat should not be over worked as you blend the ingredients.  The texture of the final product will be less than optimal if the fats begin to break-down before the cooking process begins.

Mix the ground meat together with a couple of eggs, some bread crumbs, secret blend of special seasonings, some dried onion flakes, a bit of garlic powder. It is important to work in a cold environment, using chilled equipment and to work quickly. Additionally, the meat should not be over worked as you blend the ingredients. The texture of the final product will be less than optimal if the fats begin to break-down before the cooking process begins.

Form the meat into a loaf.  Some folks prefer to cook the loaf in a bread pan.  However, the outside texture will not be caramelized and crisp like this method.

Form the meat into a loaf. Some folks prefer to cook the loaf in a bread pan. However, the outside texture will not be caramelized and crisp like this method.

Optional; during the final 30 minutes of cooking time, place a few strips of bacon over the top of the loaf.  This will add a mildly smokey flavor and make the meatloaf less dry.

Optional; during the final 30 minutes of cooking time, place a few strips of bacon over the top of the loaf. This will add a mildly smokey flavor and make the meatloaf less dry.

To this 3 pound meatloaf blend I added;

2 eggs

1/2 cup of bread crumbs

my secret blend of special ingredients is so secret and so special that I am prevented from revealing the recipe, but you can make your own blend of special seasonings that suit your tastes.

1/2 C. of dehydrated onion flakes

2 t. garlic powder

3 strips of bacon to finish

Mix the loaf and let chill for an hour or so. Place in a preheated 400 F. oven and bake for about 90 minutes. Don’t forget to add the bacon strips in the last 30 minutes. After removing the fully cooked meatloaf from the oven, allow it to cool down and set for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing.

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2 comments

    • Echo Group on September 13, 2014 at 9:24 am
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    It seems yummy yummy! But our dear Kevin, we are curious to know what is the best to be eaten together with? with vegies? with bread? with ice cream? with lemonade? does Avocado match it?

    when do you want to cook meatloaf and when do you want to eat it? after hiking? after swimming? after gardening? in winter or in summer? in a sunny day or a rainy day?

    please forgive us our dear Kevin your yummy meatloaf cause so many questions from all your students of our team. hehe

    1. Thanks for the comment Team Echo!
      Yes, so many questions too. First, yes of course, it is yummy. As far as pairing it with veggies and farinaceous product, there are plenty of options. Baked potatoes are easy to do when making meatloaf because they can start and finish in the oven at the same time. Rice or noodles will also go well with a meatloaf. Any veggie that is fresh and in season will work as the other accompaniment. Ice cream may not be such a good choice and well, I am not too big on lemonade as a dinner beverage. Ice tea or a beer would be more suitable to my tastes…..of course, ice cream after a meatloaf dinner could be nice!

      Meatloaf is a good item to prepare ahead and then bake it when you want to eat. Meatloaf is delicious any time of year, though summer may not be comfortable for turning on the oven, you can bake your meatloaf out doors in a BBQ grill. This also adds a nice smokey quality to the meat.

      Thanks for your curiosity, team. See you all soon!

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