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Sep 16, 2009 07:02 AM

Non-ketchup meatloaf recipes needed

I have never been a fan of meatloaf because I do not like ketchup and they all seem to include that as main ingredient. Looking for a more gourmet twist on meatloaf or similar dish.

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  1. This isn't really gourmet, but my mom puts cheese in the middle and covers the top with strips of bacon. It's like a big delicious bacon cheeseburger.

    1. You can put whatever you want in a meatloaf. Maybe find a hamburger recipe you like and base your meatloaf on that.
      Here's what I usually put in my meatloaf (sometimes all this stuff/sometimes just some of it): cooked spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs soaked in milk, raw egg, worchestshire sauce and whatever spices sound good. Sometimes I put bacon across the top.

      1. If you don't like like ketchup, some meatloafs get a barbecue sauce glaze which goes particularly well with bacon-stuffed versions.

        Embutido, the Filipino version of meatloaf, is ketchup-free and arguably healthier with more vegetables and its steam preparation. Slicing reveals a beautiful interior with various colors and textures from eggs and the tart pickles which are often stuffed inside.

        1. It is not essential to have a glaze on meatloaf, and that's where the catsup usually is. If you object to tomato in general, omit it. Otherwise use the bottled chili sauce or seafood cocktail sauce supermarkets sell right next to the catsup, or canned tomato sauce, or tomato soup or juice, or V-8.

          One of the favorite recipes in the Great American Meatloaf Contest Cookbook calls for mixing elqual amounts of whole cranberry sauce and brown sugar, and spreading this in the bottom of a greased loaf pan before adding the meatloaf mixture. It is like an upside-down cake, inverted onto the serving platter, with the pan juices spooned over the cranberry glaze.

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          1. re: greygarious

            I am intrigued by the idea of using cocktail sauce on meatloaf.

          2. i never put ketchup or bbq sauce in meatloaf. i don't like "sweet" with meat. eggs and breadcrumbs will help with moisture. i often add grated cheese and always season generously.