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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…

The Secret to Meatloaf

The secret to making the perfect meatloaf is to be fluid:

As Bruce Lee so famously said, “When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

While many may understand that quote in the context of martial arts, it is true in anything. The more fluid you are, the more you can adapt and change to suit your goals!

If you need to cook a meatloaf recipe for vegetarians, you’ll be able to do that. If you need to make meatloaf for somebody who doesn’t eat beef, you can switch it up. Always be ready to try new things and figure out what works.

 

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.
Za’atar:
Za’atar is a mixture of herbs from the Middle East. It is very savoury and is sometimes referred to as “Arabic Oregano”

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.

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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

Click to see the full recipe…

Healthy Meatloaf

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!

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Meatloaf Boats

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.

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