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Old 06-19-2013, 10:52 PM   #21
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It's nice to have all these recipes in one place. I will pull some of these. I can't make a good meatloaf to save my life. It's always either dry or tasteless. It's such a shame because meatloaf is one of my favorite things!
Don't despair DebLynn. I make such a mess of meatloaf that even a starving junkyard dog won't eat it. So now Spike makes it and he makes me a small one. Meatloaf is also my favorite. My daughter made me one for Mother's Day. Next year is my 75th birthday and my daughter wants to throw me a bash. She asked me what was my favorite meal. When I said 'meatloaf' she told me, "Ma I can't serve meatloaf to more than 100 people." It sounded like a good idea to me. Who doesn't like meatloaf?
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:03 PM   #22
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This is one meal I will not allow to be made in my house. Why, you ask? I'll tell you my horrible story!

My mother was a horrible cook. I didn't even know that I liked steak until I was 18 years old because her cooking was so bad.

She use to make BOILED meatloaf, yes, I said BOILED. She'd take hamburger, mix in eggs, onions, green pepper & crushed up saltine crackers then brown it on both sides in a frying pan. Once it was browned she would fill that frying pan up with water & boil it until the water evaporated. The smell of meatloaf still gags me to this day.

She would make mashed potatoes with it & she made them at every meal, every night of the week. To this day I still don't like them too much either. I'll eat potato filling a few times a year and maybe mashed once a year, that's it.

She would also serve canned asparagus with it. YUCK. I never even realized veggies came any way but from a can until I grew up.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:19 AM   #23
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Any discussion about mealoaf is not complete without this recipe. I've made it many times, and it is good.

'ol Man Jim's Smoked Meat Loaf Recipe - Food.com - 415056

It was first posted on the Virtual Weber Bullet many years ago.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:27 AM   #24
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I like to use dry onion soup mix for flavor in meatloaf. Combine soup mix, an egg, and some water, to toasted breadcrumbs from the oven .[Panko or regular]. Also garlic powder, black pepper,and ketchup, mix all this with ground turkey[or what have you]. Egg binds everything together, and it comes out tasty and moist.Sometimes I use dry mushroom soup mix mysterychef
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:31 AM   #25
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This is one meal I will not allow to be made in my house. Why, you ask? I'll tell you my horrible story!

My mother was a horrible cook. I didn't even know that I liked steak until I was 18 years old because her cooking was so bad.

She use to make BOILED meatloaf, yes, I said BOILED. She'd take hamburger, mix in eggs, onions, green pepper & crushed up saltine crackers then brown it on both sides in a frying pan. Once it was browned she would fill that frying pan up with water & boil it until the water evaporated. The smell of meatloaf still gags me to this day.

She would make mashed potatoes with it & she made them at every meal, every night of the week. To this day I still don't like them too much either. I'll eat potato filling a few times a year and maybe mashed once a year, that's it.

She would also serve canned asparagus with it. YUCK. I never even realized veggies came any way but from a can until I grew up.
Do you eat meatballs?
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:00 AM   #26
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It's nice to have all these recipes in one place. I will pull some of these. I can't make a good meatloaf to save my life. It's always either dry or tasteless. It's such a shame because meatloaf is one of my favorite things!
One important detail to remember is to use a higher fat beef for meatloaf - at least 15% fat. Otherwise, it will be dry. And if it's tasteless, add more seasoning next time
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:04 PM   #27
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Addie, I'm glad I'm not the only one. Misery loves company.

Boiled meatloaf doesn't sound good at all. It might just be almost as bad as my meatloaf!

GotGarlic, I do always buy very lean ground beef. I should try a higher fat content- never thought of that, thanks.

Its really odd, because my meatballs are really good. I like it when it gets the crusty outside. My mom used to make a good meatloaf with horseradish and dijon mustard as the main flavorings and that was really good. I missed out on the meatloaf gene I guess. I'm so jealous of all of you who can whip up a good meatloaf on a whim with whatever you ingredients you have. I have to wait until we go out to eat to enjoy it.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:48 AM   #28
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Andy, that was a winner! We'll do that one again.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:28 PM   #29
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Andy, that was a winner! We'll do that one again.

I'm glad you liked it. Did you do the second recipe I posted?
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I don't really have a recipe for meatloaf. I just mix up what I have usually with ground beef. It always turns out different, but always gone at the end of the meal. One of my favorite experiments was when I used salsa in my meat loaf. It really gave it a good flavor and I didn't cut up any veggies because the salsa had onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc. already. I always have some sort of ground meat, some sort of filler ( bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, rice, or even oatmeal), eggs as a binder, various spices, something tomato based ( ketchup, salsa, bbq sauce, tomato sauce, tomato soup, or whatever is available), and veggies. No recipes handed down from parents or grandparents even though meatloaf was served often.
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