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Classic Meatloaf

August 08, 2021 3 min read

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This classic meatloaf is an easy dish to make with the all-in-one capabilities of Multo®. From grating Parmesan cheese to dicing vegetables and sautéing the sauce, this recipe uses fresh ingredients to make a flavor-rich meatloaf that will cook in just 30 minutes. With sweet brown sugar, tangy Dijon mustard, and other great flavorings, your taste buds will enjoy every bite. You can even make this meatloaf keto-friendly and gluten-free by substituting just a few ingredients.

How to make Classic Meatloaf with Multo® by CookingPal®?

Juicy Classic Meatloaf

1. Prepare ingredients for the mixture.

Prepare all of this recipe’s ingredients before forming it into a loaf for cooking. Start by dicing the cheese and sautéing the onions, garlic, and other spices.

The secret to the perfect meatloaf is achieving a certain level of moistness, and wet ingredients help here. The tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce help make this meatloaf juicy. Eggs also bring moistness to the mixture and are one of the key items that hold the ingredients together to form a loaf shape. Eggs can be substituted with a flax egg (1 egg = 1 tablespoon of flaxseed + 3 tablespoons of water) or ¼ cup of applesauce. These substitutions reduce the amount of cholesterol in the dish while still bringing the needed wetness for a juicy result.

Breadcrumbs are a key ingredient to bind the ingredients together. To create a gluten-free version of this dish, you can replace the breadcrumbs with ½ cup of cooked quinoa per pound of meat or ⅔ cup of gluten-free rolled oats. For a keto-friendly meatloaf, use almond flour instead of breadcrumbs.

2. Make sauce.

Meatloaf is commonly mixed and served with tomato sauce. Use your favorite premade tomato sauce (from a jar or homemade) for this recipe. It can be substituted with BBQ sauce, tomato-based salsa, or even ketchup.

Barbecue Sauce

3. Bake and taste.

Now it’s time to bake the meatloaf! Place the mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan and place in the oven for 60 minutes. Brush the top with your tomato sauce or choice of sauce halfway through. You want to cover your meatloaf with aluminum foil while it bakes to retain its moistness. Your final meatloaf should have an internal temperature of 160℉ / 71℃. Your meatloaf should have a dark red-brown color.

Tips and Tricks

Juicy Meatloaf slice with sauce
  • Is it ok if the meatloaf is a little pink?

    When you are cooking beef, you want to be sure that the internal temperature reaches at least 160℉ / 71℃ to avoid anyone getting sick. However, you may notice that the color inside your meatloaf is slightly pink even after its full cooking time. This is perfectly normal and is sometimes caused by a natural reaction between the heat and myoglobin in the meat. If anything, a slight pink color may indicate a juicier piece of meat.

  • How can I serve meatloaf?  

    Meatloaf is often served as the main protein dish of a meal. This recipe from Multo suggests cooking red potatoes to serve with the meatloaf. You could add your favorite side dish to make a complete meal, some classic choices include mashed potatoes, rice, garlic bread, or a salad. Use leftover meatloaf in sandwiches, tacos, or mixed with pasta.

    Potato Salad
  • How can I store leftover meatloaf?

    Cooked meatloaf can be stored in the fridge in a tightly-sealed container for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the meatloaf to store for a longer period of time. Divide your meatloaf into smaller portions, wrap them in parchment paper and place in a plastic bag or container and use within 2 weeks.

This meatloaf recipe will never disappoint a hungry crowd. Although a rather heavy dish, meatloaf has protein and iron, and provides your body with essential nutrients. Enjoy this tasty recipe with various side dishes, and use the leftovers as a filling for sandwiches, or in quiches and casseroles. Be sure to also check out Multo’s other recipe ideas for inspiration and step-by-step directions for delicious meals!

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