How to Make Delicious and Moist Meatloaf
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Meatloaf can be a comforting and flavorful dish when done right. Here’s a detailed recipe on creating a delicious and moist meatloaf.

Ingredients:

  1. Meat Mixture:

  • 1½ pounds ground meat (a mix of beef, pork, and/or veal)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (fresh or dry)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk or beef broth
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Seasonings:

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Optional: herbs like parsley or basil for added flavor
  1. Topping (optional):

    Ketchup, barbecue sauce, or a glaze made with brown sugar and mustard.

Instructions:

Prepare the Meat Mixture:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, milk or broth, chopped onion, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix gently until all ingredients are well combined. Avoid over-mixing to maintain a tender texture.

Add Seasonings:

Sprinkle in the dried thyme, oregano, paprika, ground cumin, and any other preferred herbs or spices. Mix gently to evenly distribute the seasonings throughout the meat mixture.

Shape the Loaf:

Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish or shape it into a loaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Form the mixture into a uniform shape, making sure it’s compact but not too tightly packed.

Bake:

  • If using a topping, spread it over the top of the meatloaf.
  • Place the meatloaf in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C). Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Rest and Serve:

  • Once cooked, remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. This helps retain moisture and makes it easier to slice without falling apart.
  • Serve slices of the delicious, moist meatloaf alongside your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Tips for a Moist Meatloaf

  • Using a mixture of ground meats (such as beef, pork, and veal) can add depth of flavor and moisture to the meatloaf.
  • Adding breadcrumbs soaked in milk or broth helps retain moisture in the meat mixture.
  • Avoid over-mixing the ingredients to prevent a dense texture in the cooked meatloaf.
  • Letting the meatloaf rest after baking allows the juices to redistribute, keeping it moist and flavorful.

Experiment with the seasoning and toppings to suit your taste preferences. With these steps, you’ll create a delicious and moist meatloaf that’s perfect for a comforting family dinner or a satisfying meal any day of the week!

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