Sunday, December 13, 2009

Meatloaf Recipes

By Jesse Scott

When you think of distinctive Yank foods, there are plenty of different dishes that may spring to mind ; however it would be really tough to compile a catalogue of American favorites that did not include meatloaf. This dish has been a staple mark of eating for a few years and it remains a popular item in home kitchens and restaurants nation wide. When you think about how wide of an appeal meatloaf has, it's no poser that when it comes to a meatloaf recipe, there isn't any one standard or best recipe that seems to apply.

When looking at a meatloaf recipe, many of these recipes will often include a mix of ground beef ( the commonest is beef, but you can use whatever appeals to you ), eggs, breadcrumbs and oatmeal, which when mixed will form a dough like mixture. This is the base of a meatloaf, and if that looks good to you, you can simply cook it as is. This is a simple way to start a good meatloaf.

However , there are tons of diversifications too such as adding ground almonds, spices, onions, green peppers, and celery to the mixture. You can also fill a meatloaf with things like eggs, cheese, herbs and plants, such as mushrooms. Finally, you may also find a selection of different toppings for meatloaf. The most common topping in American meatloaf is a ketchup mixture, but some meatloaf recipes call for a catsup and some even are topped with bacon too.

While the ingredients which make up a meatloaf will change radically from one meatloaf recipe to another, the method of cooking them will alter also. While the most conventional form of cooking a meatloaf is to put your mix in a bread or loaf pan and bake it in a stove, it could also be cooked in a crock pot, a microwave, and in some cases, it can actually be smoked as well .

Meatloaf is an extraordinarily versatile and easy dish to make. It can be made as a comfort food, it can be a flavorsome item in upscale dinning. It is also a preferred fave in soul food cuisine, and with the replacing of leaner meats, for example turkey, it can be a healthy food item as well . The truth is that meatloaf can be many things to many people. The key is finding the proper meatloaf recipe for you. Occasionally the recipe will be fine the way it is ; other times you will need to tinker with it. Whatever the case, and whatever your personal tastes are, meatloaf is something that the general public can enjoy.

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