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    Question:World's Best Meatloaf Recipe

    Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:29 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    World's Best Meatloaf Recipe Do I use a teaspoon of brewed coffee or a teaspoon of coffee grounds in the sauce? I don't drink coffee so I will have to have my friend lend me some. Thanks!
    Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:37 pm
    Forum Host
    I am positive it's not coffee grounds. The ingredients don't make it clear, nor do any of the reviews. You could contact the posting chef by clicking the arrow to the right of their name and then click Contact This Chef.

    I would use a teaspoon of brewed coffee, since it does not say instant coffee powder. It's such a small amount that I would also be comfortable omitting it.
    Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:11 pm Groupie
    Brewed coffee, definitely.
    Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:21 pm Groupie
    I believe instant coffee is meant. You wouldn't even taste a teaspoon of brewed coffee. Contact the contributor to be sure.
    Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:19 pm
    Forum Host
    Zeldaz wrote:
    I believe instant coffee is meant. You wouldn't even taste a teaspoon of brewed coffee. Contact the contributor to be sure.

    Since the recipe poster says that it was her great grandmother's recipe, I would think it is 1 teaspoon of instant coffee in the sauce (since instant coffee was first invented in Britain in 1771, I'd say it was a safe bet that was what British great grandma used. One teaspoon of brewed coffee wouldn't make a difference in the flavor of the sauce unless it was espresso and even that is doubtful.

    Agreed, contact the contributor for clarification.
    Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:44 pm Groupie
    Brewed coffee would deepen the flavor of the meatloaf without imparting a bitter coffee taste. Instant would make it taste like instant coffee.
    Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:42 am Groupie
    With the vinegar, lemon juice, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire you'd need as heck of a lot more than just one teaspoon of brewed coffee to get any background depth of flavor in nearly 2 cups of highly-flavored liquid.. A teaspoon of dry crystals would be necessary to be effective. recommends adding a teaspoon of instant coffee granules per two cups gravy to enrich the flavor the color. Taste of Home has a tomato-based barbecue sauce that has strong brewed coffee plus 2 teaspoons of granules, and there are some other suggestions for using instant coffee at
    Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:17 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you all for your input on my question. I decided to use 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, not brewed. It turned out to be delicious! I can't taste even a little bit of coffee flavor in it. I also used more 50% more curry and used coconut milk instead of water just as another person did before me. I decided to use coconut milk in the meatloaf mixture instead of milk. Wow! With those flavors combined it had an Asian taste to it. I can see how good this would be to make into meatballs for a party dish.
    Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:37 pm
    Forum Host
    It would be great if you mentioned that in your review - it would help others interested in the recipe - thanks for letting us know.
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