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Feb 13, 2006 03:50 PM

What's your favorite meatloaf recipe?

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Don't chop my head off but I am looking for your favorite meatloaf recipe. I am looking to try something different than mine which is the old standard of ground beef,breadcrumbs,egg,milk,and cheese. Thanks,Richie

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  1. I like to combine the beef with sausage, equal amounts of each. I use either breakfast sausage or Italian, the kind that comes in bulk. I chop up onions, garlic and peppers and sautee in olive oil before adding to the meat mixture. i don't use fillers like bread crumbs, but add an egg, S&P, sometimes a bit of oregano and thyme. That is about it.

    Chorizo is also a good alternative to add to the beef, then I would add just a bit of masa harina, maybe corn and peppers along with the onions and garlic, toasted and ground cumin and some Mexican oregano. Pass the salsa. You could fold in some queso enchilado too.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Candy

      Paul Prudhomme's Cajun meatloaf works for me.


      1. re: steve h.

        I was looking through to see if anyone had mentioned this yet. I just had it the other night. God, is it good...


        1. re: curiousbaker
          fai jay (fai jackson)

          It's my favourite too. When I make it I can barely restrain myself from eating the onion mixture before combining it with the meat--and that cajun sauce--wow.

          1. re: curiousbaker

            where's the recipe for meatloaf though?

      2. And now for something completely different...

        Turkey, Apple, Sage Meatloaf
        4 oz. fresh sourdough bread, crusts removed cut into slices
        1 piece peeled fresh ginger (1-1/2”), coarsely chopped
        2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
        2 small onions, coarsely chopped (about 1-1/2C)
        2 green apples --1 cored, peeled and coarsely chopped; 1 left whole
        2 eggs, beaten
        3# ground turkey
        4t coarsely chopped sage, plus leaves for garnish
        2t salt
        1t pepper
        2T maple syrup

        Heat oven to 375. Process bread in processor until you have about 2C coarse crumbs. Place in large bowl. Chop ginger and garlic in processor. Then add onion and chopped apple and puree. Transfer to bowl with crumbs. Add eggs through pepper and mix thoroughly with hands.

        Form into about a 12x5x3 rectangle in a baking pan or rimmed baking sheet. Peel and core remaining apple. Cut into 1/8” rings; arrange rings on top of meat. Bake 30 minutes. Cover and bake until apples are soft and translucent, about 15 minutes. Uncover; brush with maple syrup. Bake until no longer pink in center, about 10 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

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        1. re: wyf4lyf

          That sounds funky-wild (right up my alley). Can you describe the taste of the finished product--looks like it would taste very "fall-like" (my favorite 'food season').

          1. re: Funwithfood

            (hanging head in shame)....I must confess I haven't made this yet. It just sounded so good and so *different*, I thought it would be a good one to post. My husband doesn't like meatloaf (unbelievable, I know), and I thought I might be able to get him to eat this since it bears little resemblance to regular meatloaf.

            How about we both cook this over the weekend and come back and report?? Or at least I will since I posted it...


            1. re: wyf4lyf

              I've got to do a belated V-day dessert this weekend (*my* head is bowed in shame...)

              *Please* do report back if you make it. (I make a Pot Roast Autumne that has a nice "fall" feel to fall foods.)

          2. I generally can't stand meatloaf, but am a total fan of this recipe from epicurious. I make it with a mixture of beef and pork instead of turkey (because I don't like the texture of ground turkey), but otherwise follow the recipe exactly. You'd never know that it's loaded with veggies!

            When hubby and I are craving comfort food, this meatloaf and a giant pan of macaroni w/cheddar and bleu cheese make our tummies very, very happy.


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            1. re: TorontoJo

              I made this once with ground chicken that I picked up on sale. It was very good--even kids like it.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Ok you cannot mention macaroni w/cheddar and blue cheese and not post a recipe! I would love to make that!

              2. I absolutely hate meatloaf....But I LOVE a recipe called Spicy Meatloaf by Marcia Adams. It's from her "Cooking From Quilt Country" cookbook. A family member fixed it once and I had to have the recipe. Have fixed it several times since. Don't know why she named it spicy, cause it's not. Just a lot of good spices and veggies in it. Let me know if you're interested.

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                1. re: Phoebe

                  I remember that show on PBS years ago. Whatever happened to her? I would be curious to see her recipe. Thanks,Richie

                  1. re: Richie

                    Marcia Adams had a heart transplant in 2000. Googled for more info. The only thing that came up was she did write a book on her surgery experience. No new cook books as of yet. Here's a modified version of her delicious recipe. I added various fresh herbs from the garden when cooking this. Please post if you decide to make it.

                    SPICY MEATLOAF

                    2 T. Butter
                    1/2 C. Onion, chopped
                    1/2 C. Celery, chopped
                    1/2 C. Gr. Pepper, chopped
                    1/2 C. Carrots, finely chopped
                    3 Garlic cloves, finely minced
                    2 Eggs
                    1/2 C. Ketchup
                    1/2 C. Evaporated Milk
                    1 tsp. Salt
                    1 tsp. Pepper
                    2 tsp. Chili Powder
                    1 tsp. Allspice, ground
                    1/4 C. Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
                    1 1/2 C. Bread Crumbs, fresh
                    1 1/2 Lbs. Ground Beef
                    1/2 Lb. Ground Pork
                    4 Slices of Bacon, cut into 1" pieces

                    Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter in saucepan, add next 5 ingredients & cook for 5 minutes til browned. Set aside. In large bowl, beat eggs well, then add the next 8 ingredients. Mix. Add meats and veggies. Lightly, combine all ingredients. Form to an oval and transfer to a loaf pan. Arrange bacon pieces on top. Bake for 45 min. Remove from oven and drain off fat. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

                  2. re: Phoebe

                    phoebe, I'm interested! Thanks!

                  3. p

                    Mine is (believe it or not) from a low-fat 'heart-healthy' cookbook. It has a layer of sundried tomato and low fat feta through the middle and grated sett potato through the meat. You would never know its 'healthy' ;-)

                    More than happy to paraphrase if your interested.

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                    1. re: PommieCrumpet

                      Sorry - as you've probably guessed that would be 'sweet' potato....