Easy Homemade Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf Ingredients:

2 lbs Ground Beef

1 med Onion, finely chopped

2 large Eggs

3 Garlic cloves, minced

3 Tbsp Ketchup

3 Tbsp fresh Parsley, finely chopped

3/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

1/3 cup Milk

1 ½ tsp Salt, or to taste

1 ½ tsp Creole Kick

¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper

½ tsp ground Paprika

Meatloaf Sauce Ingredients:

3/4 cup Ketchup

1 ½ tsp White Vinegar

2 ½ Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 tsp Garlic Powder

½ tsp Onion Powder

¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper

¼ tsp Salt

Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat that has been combined with other ingredients and formed into the shape of a loaf, then baked or smoked. The final shape is either hand-formed on a baking tray or pan-formed by cooking it in a loaf pan.  It is usually made with ground beef, although ground lamb, pork, veal, venison, poultry, and seafood are also used, sometimes in combination. Vegetarian adaptations of meatloaf may use imitation meat or pulses.

The cooked meatloaf can be sliced like a loaf of bread to make individual portions. It can easily become dry; therefore, various techniques exist to keep the dish moist, like mixing in breadcrumbs and egg, covering it with sauce, wrapping it, or using moisture-enhancing ingredients in the mixture, such as filling it with fatty meats, rich cheeses, or vegetables.

History

Meatloaf of minced meat was mentioned in the Roman cookery collection Apicius as early as the 5th century. Meatloaf is a traditional German, Scandinavian and Belgian dish, and it is a cousin to the Dutch meatball.

American meatloaf has its origins in scrapple, a mixture of ground pork and cornmeal served by German Americans in Pennsylvania since colonial times. Meatloaf in the contemporary American sense did not appear in cookbooks until the late 19th century.

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