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Old 06-19-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Meatloaf help please!

OK, I'm going to make a meatloaf for dinner tonight and leave it for the family. I USUALLY make the bacon cheeseburger one but I thought I'd see if I could bug you guys to share your meatloaf recipes with me. I'll have to get to it by noon so here's hoping you will all share your faves with me before then.

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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One meatloaf that I make that everyone seems to like is a take on tacos. I use taco seasoning in the ground meat mixture and, instead of breadcrumbs, etc. as a binder, I use crushed up tortilla chips. Add some salsa as the tomato part, chop some chili peppers or green peppers along with some onions, then bake. I will often douse the top of the meatloaf with more salsa before baking. Just depends on how much I have on hand and what my attitude is.

Pretty good stuff.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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Alix, try this seasoning mix even if you don't have ground lamb. It's delicious. I cook the meatloaf freestyle because I shape the loaf for sandwich-sized slices.

I usually use a mini FP to puree the non-meat ingredients before mixing them into the meat.


Luleh Kebabs/Burgers/Meatloaf

1 Lb Ground Beef
1 Lb Ground Lamb
1 Large Onion, minced
C Parsley, minced
tsp Black Pepper
tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
2 tsp Salt
tsp Allspice
tsp Cumin
C Tomato Sauce

Mix all the ingredients by hand. Shape appropriately for kebabs, burgers or meatloaf.


Note: For meatballs or meatloaf, add 2 eggs and cup of breadcrumbs.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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Meat Loaf

1 Onion
2-3 Garlic
⅓- Green Bell Pepper
4 Mushrooms
tsp Thyme, dry
C Parsley (2 Tb dry)
C Romano Cheese, grated
2 Lb Ground Beef (85-88% lean)1
Tb Salt
tsp Black Pepper
C Bread Crumbs
1 Ea Egg
C Ketchup
1 Tb Soy Sauce
tsp Cayenne Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Place the first seven ingredients into a food processor and process until almost pureed.

Place the meat in a large mixing bowl; add the vegetable mixture from the food processor and the remaining ingredients.

Thoroughly combine the ingredients.

Pack the mixture into a loaf pan to shape the meat.

Cover a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.

Invert the loaf pan onto the sheet pan and unmold the meat loaf.

Insert a thermometer probe into the center of the loaf and set to 155 F.

Bake until the set temperature is achieved, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Remove the meat from the oven and rest it, covered, for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

1 You may use a combination of ground beef, pork, veal or lamb.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:43 AM   #5
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Those sound great! Andy, why is romano cheese underlined? And if I don't have it, can I sub in shaved parmesan?
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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sure, why not? romano is just a little stronger flavoured, no one likes hairy parmesan anyway.

my italian turkey meatloaf is similar to andy's, but i saute my veggies. you can use beef, of course, but everything has to be healthy in my house or i get to eat all of it.

ingredients: (approximate amounts, i rarely ever measure)
1 1/3 lb ground turkey (93/7)
1 1/2 cups diced sweet onion
1 cup diced green bell pepper
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup bread crumbs
2 cups grated romano or parmesan
1 cup tomato sauce
2 large eggs
1 cup dried parsley
2 tbsps dried basil
1 tbsp fennel seed
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp hot red pepper flakes
2 tbsps evoo
1 tbsp black pepper

directions:
1. saute the onions and peppers for just a minute in evoo, then add the minced garlic and saute for just a minute more so that they just begin to soften and the garlic toasts a bit, being careful not to let the garlic burn.

2. let the veggies cool off for a few minutes, then add to a large bowl and put your ground turkey into the bowl as well.

3. add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, and mix thoroughly by hand. it should be somewhat sticky but not gloppy or too loose to form into a loaf. if it is too wet, add more bread crumbs. if it's too dry, add more tomato sauce or a splash or two of milk.

4. pre-heat oven to 350.

5. spray the bottom of a large baking dish with a little non-stick cooking spray, form the meat into a loaf, and place the loaf in the center of the baking dish.

6. bake at 350 for about 45 mnutes, or until the loaf has firmed up and is cooked through.

even though this is "italian" style, i like to serve it with mashed potatoes and butter, and steamed stringbeans or grilled asparagus.


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Old 06-19-2013, 12:50 PM   #7
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I usually follow Ol Blue's cheddar cheese meatloaf recipe, but regardless, I love meatloaf with half beef and half pork. It seems to have a texture my mouth approves of.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:14 PM   #8
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I'll use the recipe I really like for meatballs. Some nice Sunday gravy and pasta as sides. I've been using that recipe from the competitor in a meatball throwdown with Bobby Flay. Something like a "100 year old meatball recipe".
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:18 PM   #9
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Giada's Turkey Meatloaf w/ Feta & Sundried Tomatoes is one of our favorites.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:02 PM   #10
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BT, LOL to the hairy parm.

Going to be ground beef as that is what is on hand. I'm going to rummage in the fridge now to see what veggies I can turn up. Back in 30 with a final decision. Thanks all for helping me out.
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