This isn’t just an article about a meatloaf recipe. This is a guide to being the best meatloaf-maker this side of the Mississippi!
The Secret to Making Meatloaf
There is one underlying rule or principle to live by when you’re making meatloaf. It is not mentioned in any one meatloaf recipe. Why? Because they have a strict plan to follow. Their plan is the only solution – at least, according to them.
The real secret is hidden below…
That’s the secret!
When you can feel comfortable stepping outside of your comfort zone in the kitchen, the possibilities are limitless. Not only will your meatloaf dishes be on-point, all your other recipes will benefit too.
‘Tis the Season to Season
Every season is an opportunity to experiment with your herbs and spices.
Sometimes you’ll feel like using thyme, basil and oregano to give you that classic Italian flavor. At times you’ll want to add a little chilli powder and paprika to give your meatloaf a little kick. Then on occasion you’ll feel like having something that tastes like home – with some nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon.
Some popular combinations of herbs and spices can be found below:
- Chilli, paprika, oregano and cumin.
- Cardamom, cinnamon, clove, paprika, coriander, nutmeg and cumin.
- Black Pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and thyme.
- Cayenne pepper, paprika, rosemary, bay leaves and oregano.
- Ginger, za’atar, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaves.
You’ll never know if you like something until you try it.
Don’t forget that you’re trying to be a wizard when it comes to making an amazing meatloaf. That means using your various ingredients (seasonings) to create the ultimate potion (meatloaf)!
Is Your Meatloaf In Shape?!
We aren’t suggesting that you start running around with a meatloaf under your arm or taking it to the gym with you. What we mean, is that the usual choice of shape for this particular meal is a loaf. Like a loaf of bread – only Meatier.
Take your meatloaf to a whole new level by using shaped trays. If you want to make small meatloaf “cakes” or maybe some various shapes to appeal to kids then go ahead. You’re only limited by the shape of the pan you can get your hands on!
Don’t Rush It
This one isn’t necessarily for the preparation of it. Although, you should take your time, making sure you don’t miss a step!
By rush, we mean rushing it from the oven to your mouth. When the meatloaf is done, make sure you drain any excess fat. Let it sit for a few minutes before cutting into it, we want to make sure the mixture has settled.
After a few minutes you should be able to cut into it without any mess!
Which Meatloaf Recipe Will Inspire you!
We selected these three recipes to offer you some meatloaf ideas that are outside-of-the-box. Whether you’re a health-conscious fitness enthusiast or somebody looking for some gluten-free alternatives to common recipes, we have options for you.
Gluten-free Chicken Meatloaf
Don’t be scared off by the term gluten-free. There’s nothing abnormal about this recipe, other than the incredible flavor! If you’ve never cooked a meatloaf with anything but beef, this will be a great way to test
This is a meatloaf recipe for the healthy individual. It only serves one so make sure to increase the ingredients accordingly with your dinner guest list!
Entertaining guests? Serve them a dish to ignite their taste buds! Including fresh salsa with your ground beef will offer some zing, while the bell pepper will supplement the look of the meal.