How To Make Meatloaf

Often categorized as a comfort food, meatloaf is a home cooking classic. The dish is typically made from ground beef, eggs and breadcrumbs baked in a loaf pan to achieve its iconic shape. If you enjoy the browned crust that forms on the outer layer, forgo the loaf pan and use a shallow baking dish instead. The proteins used can vary with each recipe, as can the sauce that accompanies it. Some prefer a lighter turkey version, while others like a classic trio of beef, pork and veal. Sauces range from a flavorful gravy to just plain ketchup. Meatloaf was a popular dish during the Great Depression because it can incorporate grains and leftovers to stretch the meat for a large family. Serve your meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy or as a sandwich for a heart-warming meal. In this video, Chef Mark provides a comprehensive online cooking lesson for meatloaf that will have you cooking like a professional. For more great cooking demonstration videos, subscribe to the LearnToCookOnline YouTube channel.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf Recipe

Makes 1 loaf (5″x 9″)
1 oz butter
3 cups onions, small dice
1/2 cup hot water
2 large eggs
1 oz. Minor’s® beef base
1.5 cups fresh breadcrumbs
2 lbs beef, ground chuck

1. In a sauté pan, melt butter. Add onions; sauté 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, combine water and eggs. Beat with a wire whip until well blended.
3. Add Beef Base and bread crumbs, mixing until well blended.
4. Add ground chuck and sautéed onions, stirring until well blended. Place mixture into a lightly greased (5″x9″) loaf pan. Bake in 375°F conventional oven 45-50 minutes until meat is at least 155oF.

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