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MEATLOAF - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for February 2014

Hello DOTM enthusiasts!

Hope everyone is set and ready to make amazing meatloafs and share their recipes, experience, and sage advice on how to make this humble dish outstanding. I am looking forward to great recipes and tips so that my meatloaf will appear more frequently on the dinner table and become more fun and desirable that it ever was.

The nomination thread is here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/960584

The voting thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9613...

Previous DOTM threads are here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929718

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  1. I'm excited to see what pops up on here. Ever since I was a kid I've hated meatloaf and I want to like it! I'm sure if I make some myself with the advice of my fellow hounds I can make a meatloaf I love.

    1. Oh good. I'm going to spend part of my lazy Sunday trying to figure out how I want to do a goat meatloaf.

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      1. re: debbiel

        Goat meatloaf! Fantastic! That's what I want, debbie.

        1. re: MGZ

          We're planning on buying a whole goat soon. That sounds like a great idea.

      2. Maybe we can start off by reviewing this old thread, lots of good tips.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3621...

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          1. re: coll

            What a great thred, coli - plenty of ideas for versions that are new to me.

            1. re: MidwesternerTT

              This is how I tweaked my 30 year old recipe to something I make on a regular basis now!

          2. A microwave version will get made sometime this month. This is my one exception to "never cook meat in the microwave".

            Microwave Meatloaf

            Recipe mom got from a co-worker.
            Written on a calendar page dated December 15, 1980.

            1 ½ lb. ground beef - I use extra-lean 93% lean
            1 cup milk
            1 egg
            1 small onion, diced
            3 pieces dried bread, crushed into crumbs (about 6 heaping T.)
            10 square soda crackers, crushed
            2 Tablespoons catsup
            salt
            pepper
            1/8 tsp. paprika
            Topping - approx. 2 T catsup, 1 T. dried parsley flakes

            Mix all of the ingredients and press into a round baking dish. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high (or 80% for 1100 watt unit) 18 – 20 minutes, turning the dish after 10 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Top during standing time with catsup and parsley flakes.

            1. Yay I'm excited. Stuffed pasta sounded fun too but this one is easier. I already have some meatloaf cupcakes I want to try.

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              1. re: juliejulez

                Topped with mashed potatoes? I make this for my mom - freeze 'em, and she defrosts and nukes them. She loves them.

                1. re: nikkihwood

                  The recipe I want to try doesn't have mashed potatoes as a topping (has panko), but I've had them before. When I lived in Chicago, the "Meatloaf Bakery" was about 2 blocks from my apartment. They specialized in that :)

                  1. re: juliejulez

                    Ahh...panko sounds good as well. I have to try this. Thank you!