Meatloaf is an easy recipe to prepare. And it’s even simpler to make without breadcrumbs.
I’ve always enjoyed meatloaf. It’s a classic meal that my mom would often cook for us as young. My mom’s meatloaf would always be garnished with ketchup and served with green beans and mashed potatoes. Delicious!
My mom’s recipe contained breadcrumbs, however, I’m not a fan of buying breadcrumbs, so I decided I’d use something I always have in my pantry that is general purpose flour.
Let me assure you that the result is amazing!
How To Make The Most Delicious Meatloaf You’ve Ever Had
For a delicious meatloaf, there are a few rules to adhere to. Be assured that I’m here to guide you through each step all the way to the first bite!
1. Pick The Right Meat
A lot of us believe that if ground beef contains more than five percent fat, however, it’s not the best choice to include in recipes because of the grease that is left.
This could be the case for other recipes, however, for meatloaf, the best fat percentage is meat that has between 7-10 percent.
This makes it more compact, and juicy. Meatloaf made with the leanest meats can become extremely dry.
Whatever the case, fat will always remain in the middle of the pan.
2. Pick The Right Vegetable
To create classic meatloaf The vegetables you cook with are equally important to the beef.
Onions and garlic, as well as green chili, as well as certain aromatic herbs, are necessary. There are people who even grated carrots, which provide good flavor and color.
The most important factor to remember is making your vegetables. They must be extremely well chopped.
If you cut the vegetables into bigger chunks it will affect their texture. They may cause the meatloaf to crack or crumble.
3. Add Spices And Condiments
Include a large number of spices, like onion powder, garlic oregano, and black pepper. I highly recommend adding mustard, ketchup, and mustard to spice the meatloaf.
4. Utilize Binding Agents
To stop your meatloaf from breaking It is important to include elements that will provide it with water and act as a food-grade glue.
Egg yolks and a few tablespoons of milk are necessary for the production of moisture. Breadcrumbs are typically used for this also, however, they’re not required.
To properly tie the meatloaf without breadcrumbs, we employ an equal-parts mix consisting of cornstarch, wheat flour liquid milk, and egg yolks.
This will suffice to ensure that the meatloaf is firm so that you can cut it correctly.
5. Make The Classic Meatloaf Sauce
If you make meatloaf it’s not always perfect brown and I prefer to make a simple sauce that I put over the top. It’s beautiful and delicious.
The most well-known meatloaf sauce as well as the one I prefer is a mix of brown sugar, ketchup, and a hint of Worcestershire sauce as well as spices.
I generally spread the sauce on many occasions over the meatloaf using the pastry brush when cooking to give it a glaze.
I employed a pastry brush I bought at the local shop, but this brush made of silicone can be great too!
6. Bake It Correctly
When you’re ready for sticking the meatloaf into the oven then cover it in aluminum foil during the initial portion of cooking. then take it off at the halfway point your meatloaf may be evenly glazed over the top.
When you take the meatloaf from the oven it’s crucial to let it rest for a minimum of twenty minutes before making a cut into the meatloaf. If you don’t do that step, juices from the meatloaf will spill out and you’ll be left with an unclean, dry meatloaf on the kitchen counter.
Stuffed Meatloaf Ideas For Stuffed Meatloaf
We didn’t fill the meatloaf with any other ingredients because we wanted to stay true to the traditional recipe. You do can choose to fill the meatloaf with a mixture of ingredients.
These are some ideas for stuffed meatloaf recipes:
Here’s how you can properly fill a meatloaf (without it breaking):
- Place half of the meat in the baking dish.
- Create a hole in the middle so that you don’t reach the lower.
- The filling should be placed in the bowl and covered thoroughly with the remainder of the mixture of meat.
How To Make Meatloaf With No Breadcrumbs
Step 1: Gather your ingredients, then heat the oven to 350 F
Step 2: Finely chop the following vegetables: onion, garlic pepper, parsley, as well as coriander (cilantro)
Step 3: Place the ground beef in a mixing bowl. Add the finely chopped veggies such as pepper, oregano, mustard, ketchup, salt, and pepper!
Step 4: In a small bowl, mix the wheat flour and cornstarch. Sprinkle the mix over the meat.
Step 5: Add the egg yolk and milk. Knead until the ingredients are thoroughly blended
Step 6: Place the meatloaf into the pan greased, and then make it flat using your fingers.
Step 7: Mix all sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl. With the aid of the pastry brush apply about 3 tablespoons of sauce over the meatloaf.
Step 8: Wrap aluminum foil around the pan and let it cook for about half 1 hour. In the 30th minute, you can add the remaining sauce and cook covered for another 15 minutes.
Step 10: Allow the juices to cool (about 20 mins) and then slice it up on a cutting board.
Meatloaf Without Breadcrumbs
The meatloaf I had is among the finest I’ve had. I’m sure you’ll be able to agree!
- 1 medium onion
- 1 medium red or green chili (optional)
- 3 cloves of garlic
- A few handfuls of parsley
- A few coriander leaves
- 1/4 cup full-fat-milk
- 2 tbsp all-purpose wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp oregano dried
- 1 tablespoon of mustard sauce
- 1 Tbsp of sauce made from ketchup
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 kg. ground beef, 9percent fat
- 3/4 cup of sauce for ketchup
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp vinegar (optional)
- 1 tsp black pepper
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius or 360 degrees F.
Prepare the meatloaf skillet. It is covered with a thin layer of oil or butter. We prefer an 11-inch rectangular dish.
Make the vegetables.
Peel the onion, then cut it into pieces as small as you can.
Peel the garlic, then crush it with a mortar.
Chop finely the chopped peppers, the parsley, and coriander.
Put all the beef ground in a mixing bowl.
Incorporate the finely chopped vegetables and peppers, oregano, mustard, ketchup, and pepper.
With a large spoon, stir until all the meat has been mixed with the veggies and spices.
A small mixing bowl is used to mix the wheat flour and cornstarch. Then, sprinkle the mixture over the meat.
Incorporate the yolk of an egg. Knead until a uniform mixture is created.
Place the meatloaf in the greased pan, then make it flat using your fingers.
Mix all sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl. With the aid of a pastry brush made from silicone apply 3 tablespoons of sauce over the meatloaf.
Bring it into the oven, covered in aluminum foil, and cook for about one-half hour.
Remove from the oven and add the remaining sauce, and simmer for another 15 minutes. Cover it completely to ensure that the sauce is brown on the top.
Let it cool for 20 minutes. After that, put it onto a cutting board, and cut it.
For serving, you may sprinkle chopped parsley on the top.
Heya, I’m Norah! The foodie editor here at YummyTasteFood! I love absolutely everything to do with food, baking, and eating! I earned my stripes in the hospitality industry as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista. I’m now a freelance writing nomad. I do not miss the hospitality industry! Be sure to join our Facebook group – it’s free to access!