Meatloaf is a fairly simple recipe to prepare, and it’s even easier to prepare without breadcrumbs.
I’ve always loved meatloaf. It’s a nostalgic dinner that my mom frequently made for us when we were kids. My mom’s meatloaf was always topped with ketchup and accompanied by a side of mashed potatoes and green beans. Delicious!
My mom’s recipe included breadcrumbs, but I don’t normally purchase them, so I thought I’d substitute with something that I always have on hand, which is all-purpose flour.
Let me tell you, the result is outstanding!
How To Make The Best Meatloaf You’ve Ever Had
To make a perfect meatloaf, there are certain rules you must follow. Don’t worry, I’m here to walk you through every step, right up until you take your first bite!
1. Choose The Right Meat
Many of us think that if ground beef has a percentage greater than 5% fat, but it is not great to use in a recipe because of the excess grease.
That may be true for other recipes, but for meatloaf, the correct fat percentage to use is meat with between 7-10%.
This will make the meat more compact and juicier. Meatloaf made from lean meats tends to get very dry.
Either way, excess fat always remains at the bottom of the baking sheet.
2. Choose The Right Vegetables
To make a classic meatloaf, the vegetables you use are just as important as the meat.
Onions, garlic, green chili, and certain aromatic herbs are essential. Some people even use grated carrots that give it good flavor and color.
The most important thing is the preparation of the vegetables. They should be very finely chopped.
If you chop the veggies into larger chunks, they will ruin the texture of the meatloaf and can even cause the meatloaf to crack and fall apart.
3. Add Spices and Condiments
Use a good amount of spices, including garlic, onion powder, oregano, and black pepper. I also highly recommend including mustard and ketchup to season the meatloaf.
4. Use Binding Agents
To prevent your meatloaf from falling apart, it is necessary to add elements that give it moisture and work as an edible glue.
Egg yolk and a few tablespoons of milk are essential for moisture. Breadcrumbs are normally added for this purpose as well, however, they are not needed.
To properly bind the meatloaf without the use of breadcrumbs, we use an equal-parts mixture of wheat flour, cornstarch, liquid milk, and egg yolk.
This will be enough to keep the meatloaf firm so you can cut it properly.
5. Make The Classic Meatloaf Sauce
When you cook meatloaf, it doesn’t always brown perfectly, so I like to prepare a simple sauce to spread on top. It looks pretty, and it tastes great.
The classic meatloaf sauce, and the one I use, is a combination of ketchup, brown sugar, and a touch of Worcestershire sauce and spices.
I usually apply this sauce several times over the meatloaf with a pastry brush during cooking for a glazed finish.
I used a pastry brush that I purchased at a local store, but this silicone brush will work great too!
6. Bake It Properly
When you’re ready to stick the meatloaf in the oven, cover it with aluminum foil during the first part of the cooking process, then remove it halfway through so that the meatloaf is properly glazed on top.
When you remove the meatloaf from the oven, it’s essential to let it sit for at least 20 minutes before cutting into it. If you skip this step, the meatloaf juices will flow out, and you’ll have a messy, dry meatloaf on your hands.
Stuffed Meatloaf Ideas
We chose not to stuff our meatloaf with anything because we wanted to remain true to the classic recipe. However, you have the option of filling the meatloaf.
Here are some stuffed meatloaf ideas:
- Sauteed vegetables
- Bacon and cheese
- Mushrooms and caramelized onions
- Ham and cheese
Here’s how to properly fill meatloaf (without it falling apart):
- Put half the meat in the baking container.
- Make a hole in the middle, without reaching the bottom.
- Place the filling and cover very well with the rest of the meat mixture.
How To Make Meatloaf Without Breadcrumbs
Step 1: Gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 360 F
Step 2: Finely chop the vegetables: onion, garlic, pepper, parsley, and coriander (cilantro)
Step 3: Place the ground beef in a mixing bowl, add the finely chopped vegetables, oregano, pepper, ketchup, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix!
Step 4: In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and wheat flour. Sprinkle the mixture over the meat
Step 5: Add the egg yolk and milk. Knead until everything is thoroughly mixed
Step 6: Place the meatloaf inside the greased pan and flatten with your fingers
Step 7: Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl. With the help of a pastry brush, spread about 3 tbsp of sauce on the meatloaf
Step 8: Cover with aluminum foil and cook for half an hour. After 30 minutes, add the remaining sauce and cook uncovered for 15 more minutes
Step 10: Wait for the juices to settle (about 20 minutes) and slice it on a cutting board
- 1 medium onion
- 1 medium green / red chili (optional)
- 3 garlic cloves
- A handful of parsley
- A handful of coriander
- ¼ cup full-fat-milk
- 2 tbsp of all-purpose wheat flour
- 2 tbsp of cornstarch
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp black pepper ground
- 1 tsp oregano dried
- 1 tbsp of mustard sauce
- 1 tbsp of ketchup sauce
- 1 ½ tsp of salt
- 1 kg. ground beef with 9% fat
- ¾ cup of ketchup sauce
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp vinegar (optional)
- 1 tsp of black pepper
Preheat oven to 180 °C / 360 °F.
Prepare the meatloaf pan. Cover it with a thin layer of butter or oil. We use an 11-inch rectangular pan.
Prepare the vegetables.
Peel the onion, and cut it finely, as small as possible.
Peel the garlic and crush it with the mortar.
Finely chop the pepper, parsley, and coriander.
Place the ground beef in a mixing bowl.
Add the finely chopped vegetables, oregano, pepper, ketchup, mustard, salt, and pepper.
Using a large spoon, stir very well until all meat is well combined with vegetables and seasonings.
In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and wheat flour. Then sprinkle the mixture over the meat.
Add the egg yolk. Knead until a completely homogeneous mixture is formed.
Place the meatloaf inside the greased pan and flatten with your fingers.
Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl. With the help of a silicone pastry brush, spread about 3 tbsp of sauce on the meatloaf.
Take it to the oven covered with aluminum foil and cook for half an hour.
Remove from the oven, add the remaining sauce and cook for 15 more minutes, completely uncovered so that it is browned on top.
Wait for it to cool for about 20 minutes, then place it on a cutting board and slice it.
To serve, you can sprinkle some chopped parsley on top.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 977mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 33g
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