Meatloaf is loved by everyone. It is economical food item and can be made easily. Whether it is hot or cold, it tastes delicious. Meatloaf consists of three important ingredients- the ground meat, a binder for the loaf e.g. bread or oatmeal and a liquid.
Ingredients needed to cook meatloaf
- Ground meat
- slices of bread torn into small pieces
- tomato juice of milk
- finely chopped onion
- eggs (beaten)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4th teaspoon of pepper
- If you want to add taste to it, you can add mushrooms to it.
One and half pound of ground meat takes about 1 and ½ hours time to get cooked into meat loaf.
Method to cook
You must preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix all the ingredients of the meatloaf and mix them well. Put the mixture into the meatloaf mold and put it back in the oven to bake it for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The juices of the loaf will dry up when it is fully cooked. Remove the mold from the oven and remove the extra fat. You can serve it hot or keep it in the refrigerator for further use.
Adding tomato juice or chicken or vegetable broth while mixing the ingredients will ensure the loaf is juicer. The breadcrumbs can be soaked into milk beforehand to make the mixture smooth. Before baking, barbecue sauce or ketchup could be spread on the mixture to add more taste to it.
To add more taste and slight difference to the loaf, unsweetened cereal could be added instead of bread crumbs. The meat loaf could be filled with potatoes, pepper, celery, beans, and carrots to make it tastier.
Important points to remember
Always soak the binder in the liquid before you are adding the meat. This will ensure there are no dry chunks of bread in the meatloaf. The mixture needed to prepare the meatloaf should not be handled too much. Over mixing of the mixture will take out the liquid from the
If the meatloaf is getting prepared from the ground turkey or chicken then lots of binder should be added thus making the loaf heavy and compact.
It is important to check the oven from time to time so that it does not get burnt.