WHAT IS MEATLOAF?
Meat (usually not the most expensive cuts) is chopped or ground up, mixed with a bunch of other stuff, and molded into the shape of a loaf. It is a kitchen sink recipe that is great for recycling leftovers.
SUGGESTIONS WHEN MAKING MEATLOAF
- Everyday Gourmet
Meatloaf seems like the most homespun of everyday American dishes but that doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting. You can give meatloaf variety by changing the type of meat. You can use turkey, lamb, or a mixture of beef and pork. Experiment with different spices from paprika to coriander to cumin to flavor the mix.
- Cook Your Aromatics First
Rather than simply adding celery or carrots to your meat mixture raw we like to cook them first to develop their flavors. Another tip: Grate your onion and garlic rather than simply chopping and adding it to the meat mixture.
- BBQ Sauce or Ketchup?
Meatloaf purists will tell you that ketchup is the topper of choice, but barbecue sauce can be a delicious twist. If you want to get really crazy, choose a barbecue sauce with a little kick or a sweet variety like a Carolina gold mustard-based sauce.
WHAT PAIRS WELL WITH MEATLOAF?
Serve meatloaf with mashed or roasted potatoes. One trick that I’ll do especially with a sweet potato or a yam mash is to mix in a bit of butter or cream and a dash of Gentleman Jack Whiskey at the end. Don’t cook the mix, just mix it well and server immediately. With the starch and alcohol in play, this whiskey is perfect for cutting through everything with a bit of a smokey edge. But if you don’t want carbs, oven roasted green beans are nice as well. In terms of tasty beverages, try a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or a Côtes du Rhône. (written by Chef Stef)