I realize the topic of this post is completely random, but hear me out.
While at work not too long ago, a customer and I were on the topic of different types of meat dishes, and how to best prepare them. We got on the topic of meatloaf and how it can be tricky to successfully make because of its tendency to dry out, so I wanted to conduct some research and determine the best way to make a perfect meatloaf.
I cam across the following tips and tricks from Amanda Finks from The Wholesome Dish. Take a look.
“I think the trick to good meatloaf is using lean ground beef. The problem with a lot of meatloaf recipes is that they call for ground beef with a high fat content. As the meatloaf cooks, the fat cooks out and makes a greasy mess.
“You may be thinking, but won’t lean ground beef make the meatloaf dry? Not at all! The milk, egg, ketchup, and diced onion in the meat mixture are all working to keep the meatloaf moist and delicious.
“This meatloaf is cooked in a 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 55 minutes. The internal temperature should reach 160° F. Be sure to let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before attempting to slice it, so it holds its shape.
“You may not have used enough binding ingredients. This recipe calls for plenty of breadcrumbs. It may be over baked. Fifty five minutes is all it takes. Or, you sliced into it while it was still too hot. I always let my meatloaf cool for 10 minutes before slicing into it.”
Now that we’ve established some ways to make the best meatloaf possible, check out Amanda’s recipe for the perfect meatloaf., which serves 10.
- 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
- 1 cup dried bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 large egg beaten
- 2 tbsp. ketchup
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. dried parsley leaves
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- For the Topping:
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, add the beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Use your hands to mush and mix these ingredients together until well combined.*
Add the meat mixture to a loaf pan. Pat the meat down into an even layer.
In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Pour the sauce on top of the meatloaf and spread it into an even layer.
Bake uncovered for 55 minutes.
Let the meatloaf rest for 8-10 minutes before serving (or it may fall apart).**
**I use two thin spatulas to remove the meatloaf from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. You could also slice and serve the meatloaf directly from the loaf pan, or use parchment paper to line the pan for easy removal.”