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Sep 4, 2006 09:14 PM

Meatloaf mix?

It's getting cooler & I'm thinking about meatloaf for the first time in a long time. What kind of meat do you use for your favorite meatloaf? Straight ground beef? Or do you mix it with sausage, pork, lamb etc as some recipes suggest? Thanks for your expertise & input!

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  1. Personally, I enjoy ground beef and ground pork the best, half and half proportions...if there's no ground pork at the meat counter (which sometimes happens down here for whatever reason)...then I go with straight ground beef...I think I use ground sirloin, not too too much fat but not too lean either.

    1. Ground beef (about 2/3rds), ground chorizo and italian sausage (the remaining 1/3). The fat and flavor from the sausages really moisten and intensify the meatloaf. It's sort of like using a beef/pork mixture, but in this case the pork is already intensely seasoned and flavored.

      1. I use ground round and sweet Italian sausage in equal portions. Sometimes with Mexican chorizo insttead of the Italian sausage.

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        1. re: Candy

          I think I'm being stalked while I cook. :))

          1. re: Bostonbob3

            Funny, I was just thinking that too.

            1. re: Candy

              You know what they say about great minds.

        2. I like the old classic: 1/3 beef, 1/3 pork, and 1/3 veal. You used to be able to buy this packaged as "meatloaf mix" but I think a lot of people got squeamish about eating veal, so the mix is no longer available.

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          1. re: pikawicca

            I like that classic recipe, too. But I still think I'd substitute chorizo or italian sausage for the pork. Pork is soooo lean these days, it doesn't serve its "fatty" purpose as well as it once did. Thus, the sausage.

            1. re: pikawicca

              This is how I make my meatloaf and a mix of the three is definitely still available (at least in NJ and PA).

            2. I use 1/2 ground beef, 1/4 ground pork, 1/4 pork sausage. I also add a sauce of ketchup, mustard, tabasco, and brown sugar into the meat mixture. Add some onion, garlic, and parsley. And wrap the entire thing with smokey maple bacon. Oh and smother with more sauce. That's my basic recipe. But mmmm... I do have to try chorizo some day, probably minus the bacon.