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1 hrs 15 mins
I never thought I'd find, let alone be able to make, a meatloaf better than my mother's electric skillet recipe. But when I wanted to make it last night, I realized that I didn't have her recipe. So I came to recipezaar and read a few popular ones and came up with my own based off my ingredients at hand and the popping flavors of herbs that I personally love. Well, don't tell mamma, but I think I'll be making it this way from now on. I'm telling you, this was the most moist, flavorful, savory and sweet (even a little spicy) meatloaf I've ever had. And I can't believe I just made it up! (I'm a little new at this.) The sauce is on the sweet side, but the herbs and spices inside give it a little kick which creates a perfect balance. Use less and more of what you need to get the taste suited to your liking. Chili powder might give it even more of a kick. Enjoy! Tip 1 - The moisture factor: A lot of meatloaf recipes call for milk, tomato paste, condensed milk, or water to add moisture. I was out of milk, didn't want to open full cans of paste or condensed milk just to waste the rest, and I didn't want to have to settle for boring water, so leftover chucky pasta sauce was a perfect substitute. It not only added some veggies, but the additional seasonings and vinegar already in the sauce meant that I didn't have to use additional vinegar, veggies, or waste full cans of ingredients just to get what I needed. Tip 2 - The healthy and economic factors/alternatives: I've had gastric surgery and as such found that ground beef was a little too fatty for my liking. I'm going to try this with ground turkey next time. I'll need to up the moisture (pasta sauce) content and will probably need to use a nonstick cooking spray (unnecessary when using fatty ground beef) on the loaf pan so that the sides won't stick. I eat a slice and then cut and freeze the remaining slices to take as lunch or have for future dinners for the rest of the week. Saves me a ton of money!
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Units: US | Metric
Serving Size: 1 (189 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8