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Old 08-24-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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My kingdom for a meatloaf

It looks like I'm doomed to eat mediocre meatloaf all my life, and unhappily, I love meatloaf. I can never seem to cook myself a meatloaf that doesn't make me wince. I've scoured the Internet for Tips, but nothing I've found was relevant. I'm not looking for anything exotic, sensational, innovative, or spectacular all I want is a simple basic recipe that has onions, garlic, bell peppers, bread, egg or eggs, 1.5 lbs. of meat, and maybe a little wine (no milk), herbs or spices, worcester, and ketchup. That should taste good right? Not when I'm the cook.

I bought a special contrivance that consists of an inner pan with holes in it that fits into an outer pan that catches what falls through the holes. Is it possible that the best part of my meatloaf is going through those holes?

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Old 08-24-2008, 01:20 PM   #2
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I'm going to try this one tonight. I'll let you know.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:38 PM   #3
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It looks like I'm doomed to eat mediocre meatloaf all my life, and unhappily, I love meatloaf. I can never seem to cook myself a meatloaf that doesn't make me wince.
Have you eaten one, that someone else cooked, that didn't make you wince???
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:40 PM   #4
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I'm going to try this one tonight. I'll let you know.
Holy mackerel, that's a meatloaf for a Chinese Emperor. While it defies all my stipulations regarding simplicity, I'm a man with an open mind. If you give it a go-ahead, I will take the plunge.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:50 PM   #5
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Here's a standard type recipe that includes a lot of what you want.


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) - see note
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.

Note: You may use a combination of ground beef, pork, veal or lamb.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:06 PM   #6
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Wow! I'm making out like a bandit so far. Take out the mushrooms and substitute Worcester for Soy and this recipe fulfills all my stipulations. The first recipe provided sounds great but might be fancier than my pay grade warrants. I have the feeling I'm going to be inviting a lot of friends over to help me eat this one tonight. However, I'm a little afraid of the mushrooms, I never learned how to work with them.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:06 PM   #7
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Milk does offer a lot of moisture. I don't like green peppers in my meatloaf - too overpowering. Italian breadcrumbs and grated/freshly shredded Parmesan cheese also is good in it, Worcestershire, garlic, salt, and pepper, of course! A mixture of pork, beef, and veal (>) is my favorite combination. The secret is GENTLY mixing!
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:19 PM   #8
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Here's my take on Meatloaf:

2-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
4 slices bread, torn into small pieces
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon kosher salt (or 2 teaspoons of table salt)
2 teaspoons pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten


For Topping:

1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoon brown sugar

Mix all ingredients (except topping ingredients) together. You're gonna have to use your hands to get it mixed up good.
Shape into a loaf and place on a sheet pan (for easy clean-up, line the pan with heavy duty tin foil). Mix together ketchup and brown sugar and spread on top.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 1 hour or until done.

I"m with elf on the green peppers but you can always add them.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:22 PM   #9
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Sarah Moulton of Food TV had a wonderful meatloaf recipe. Hopefully I haven't misplaced it.....if I find it, I'll post it, otherwise, look for it under her name, I guess.
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Sarah Moulton of Food TV had a wonderful meatloaf recipe. Hopefully I haven't misplaced it.....if I find it, I'll post it, otherwise, look for it under her name, I guess.
I found these under her name at Food TV - if any of these is it you can link it. Don't forget we can't post a copyrighted recipe - sorry
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