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How to make meatloaf

How to make meatloaf

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The best easy food recipe you'll make using hamburger and a tasty sticky sauce on top is Granny's Classic Meatloaf. this is often the final word easy-to-make dinner that your entire family will enjoy.

Why This Recipe Works:

If you're wondering what to cook for dinner tonight, you cannot get it wrong with a Classic Meatloaf. There are a large amount of various recipes out there, but this one is different. There are several reasons this recipe has been viewed over 1 Million times!

This recipe incorporates chopped sauteed onions into the meatloaf which adds amazing texture and flavor. It takes a small amount of your time and energy but you will find that it's totally worthwhile.

This recipe uses milk. it should seem odd, but the milk adds a richness and really helps it keep it's shape.

From above plates of beetroot dish and meatloaf served on white table with fresh salad and bread in light restaurant

Most importantly, the easy sauce on top adds an amazing amount of flavor and gets wonderfully sticky because it cooks.

How To Make This Recipe:

This classic recipe consists of two parts: the meatloaf and the sauce on top.

To Make The Meatloaf:

  • Start by sauteing some onion and garlic in butter (photo 1 below). Adding raw onion to the meatloaf would be too intense. Cooking them first and allowing them to chill before combining with the remaining ingredients allows you to urge the simplest onion and garlic flavors without them being to harsh or intense.
  • Next, the recipe is super easy to create because you merely add the bottom beef to an oversized bowl (photo 2) and add all of the remaining ingredients including an egg, panko bread crumbs, milk, Worcestershire, thyme and salt (photo 3) together with the cooled sauteed onion and garlic.
  • Once mixed, the meatloaf gets shaped it into a mound on a baking sheet (photo 4). I always use parchment paper for simple pack up. this is often how my family has been making meatloaf since i used to be a child.

To Make The Sauce:

  • While the meatloaf is cooking, error the super simple sauce (photo 5). This easy combination of ketchup, refined sugar, and spicy brown mustard is simply what the meatloaf needs.
  • Half way though the cooking time, the meatloaf gets covered within the sauce which gets extra sticky and delicious while it cooks.
  • step by step process photos of the way to make the simplest meatloaf recipe

From above of delicious cut meatloaf served on black slate plate with appetizing crispy burger and decorated with pomegranate seeds

How Long To Cook It:

There are two considerations when cooking a meatloaf recipe like this one: cook time and temperature. You see, counting on the scale and shape of the meatloaf you create, the time will vary.

If you create it in an exceedingly loaf pan, your cooking time can be longer because the meatloaf is taller and more compact.

If you bake it on a baking sheet like I did, it'll generally be more flat, thus increasing it's extent and cooking faster.

A general cooking time range would be anywhere from an hour to an hour and twenty minutes.

The only sure thanks to know when your homemade meatloaf is completed cooking is to verify the inner temperature is 160 degrees F.

From above of appetizing slice of meatloaf with filling served on plate on table with white tablecloth in light room

Cooking Tips For Perfect Results:

Don't over work the meatloaf while mixing. Mix it just until everything is combined.

If you actually just like the ketchup topping, double that a part of the recipe!

If you like the crunchy outer layer, consider making your meatloaf flat so you've got more extent to induce crispy. this may also reduce your cooking time.

Always use a trusted thermometer to verify that the meatloaf is completed.

Tips and FAQ for the BEST Meatloaf!

Why does my meatloaf fall apart? Because the mixture wasn’t mixed together to a tolerable degree, or the loaf wasn’t pressed together firmly. employing a loaf pan helps here! Also, some cracks is nice – extra flavour from the meatloaf glaze drips into the meatloaf.

Do you should use a loaf pan? For the juiciest meatloaf, yes I strongly recommend employing a loaf pan. It cooks more evenly, stays juicier because its cooking in its own juices and holds its shape.

If you freeform it (ie bake without a loaf pan), the ends/sides will overcook before the center is cooked. And if it holds its form sort of a block loaf without employing a loaf pan, your mixture is far too dense which is able to make your meatloaf dry!

Should I cover the meatloaf when baking? No, you wish the meatloaf to brown and also the glaze to caramelise! But if it browns too quickly, just pop foil over it.

How long does it go for cook a 1kg / 2lb meatloaf? 1 hr quarter-hour at 180°C / 350°F.

From above plates of beetroot dish and meatloaf served on white table with fresh salad and bread in light restaurant

What to serve with meatloaf

I can’t consider a much better thanks to serve Meatloaf than on a pile of creamy potato, though for a lower carb version, cauliflower mash would be fantastic too.

Dollop of ketchup, a leafy salad or steamed greens with dressing and you've got yourself an epic plate of home cooked comfort-food bliss, with the added bonus of meatloaf sandwiches to enjoy tomorrow! – Nagi x

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