hearty meat loaf is the perfect comfort food, particularly
when it is paired with mashed potatoes. And for many of us,
this comforting dish reminds us of "moms home-cooking".
Interestingly enough, meat loaf has made a comeback. Many
finer restaurants are now spicing this dish up and serving
it as one of their trademark "gourmet" dishes.
Meat loaf can be made with one or more kinds
of meat. By adding different types of meat you can alter the
texture of the finished meat loaf. A coarsely ground meat
is ideal so that the loaf has texture and doesnt end
up the consistency of pâté. If using different
types of meat make sure the amount of meat in relation to
the other ingredients are the same ratio and make sure you
dont over-mix the mixture or it will become heavy and
tough. The best method for mixing meat loaf is still to use
Part of the fun of meatloaf is that it is
completely open to interpretation. You can completely change
the taste of a meat loaf by, not only adding different types
of meat (pork, turkey, chicken, beef, or veal), but you can
also experiment with the other added ingredients. In addition,
many meat loaves have an accompanying sauce (traditionally
a ketchup sauce) however this too can be modified
with different spices, chiles, vinegars and the like.
We have discovered that, although bread
crumbs are traditionally used to bind the mixture and lighten
the finished texture, it is possible to create a wonderful
meatloaf without breadcrumbs and hence make your meatloaf
"naturally" gluten-free. In fact, many of the meat
loaf recipes on
Glutenfreeda.com omit the use of breadcrumbs
altogether and focus on a variety of other flavorful ingredients.
We invite you to try these wonderful
meat loaf recipes as winter comes to a close.
Loaf with Chipotle BBQ Sauce