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Food & Drink The Secret to Moist (!) Meatloaf Is Hiding in Your Breakfast Cereal

15:04  11 may  2018
15:04  11 may  2018 Source:   food52.com

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The Secret to Moist (!) I’ve honestly never found a meatloaf I didn’t like, and have also never been pressed to find a “better” or “ultimate” version. Cereal can be one of the most delicious things ever — crunchy, creamy and sweet, a bowlful of flavor (if you choose the right brand of course) that is tasty

What to CookMeatloaf. The Secret to Moist (!) "In meatloaf , bread is the go-to stretcher-filler and texturizer," he tells me. "But it turns out that puffed brown rice does a better job, with the mixture of meat , stock, and puffed rice producing the best final flavor and texture."

Oh, meatloaf, how do I love thee? Let me happily count the ways. You’re one of the first dishes I learned to make all on my own, you freeze beautifully, you feed a crowd, you taste great on the first day (but even better the next), you make easy friends with buttery mashed potatoes as well as two slices of bread (or if I’m lucky, both mashed potatoes and bread, all at once!). Your versatility, affordability, and comforting qualities catapult you to the top of my favorite foods list—and I’m confident my love for you won’t wane any during my lifetime.

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You might be thinking, espresso in meatloaf ? DiSpirito explains further: “Yes, just 2 teaspoons of espresso powder in the topping to amplify the beefy flavor of meatloaf . Well I’m here to report that the puffed rice adds great texture to the meatloaf , keeping the whole lot very tender moist .

The only thing that can be agreed upon is that stale bread is needed to help bind together the mixture. The problem is that the bread will absorb the moisture when baking. Additional moisture is needed to prevent this from happening.

I’ve honestly never found a meatloaf I didn’t like, and have also never been pressed to find a “better” or “ultimate” version. Hey, it’s an easy-to-love dish for this very reason!

But when the person responsible for one of my favorite, “ultimate”-level meatballs came out with his version of a meatloaf, my ears perked up. Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito, whose mother’s famous meatballs (“Mama’s meatballs,” to be precise) became a marquee draw at one of his restaurants, knows a thing or two about tasty meat mixtures, and I was drawn to the Espresso Meatloaf from his latest book, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life.

a plate of food on a table: Who doesn’t love a good meatloaf?? © Provided by Food52 Who doesn’t love a good meatloaf??

You might be thinking, espresso in meatloaf? DiSpirito explains further: “Yes, just 2 teaspoons of espresso powder in the topping to amplify the beefy flavor of meatloaf. This recipe is gluten-free, too, since it uses puffed rice (instead of bread) as a binder.” Come again? Puffed rice? As in, Rice Krispies? If I was curious before, I was dying to know now.

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The function of breadcrumbs in meatloaf is to absorb and retain the juices so you have a moister loaf . of 155 to 160 F. The temperature inside the meatloaf will rise after you take it out of the oven. You will be rewarded with a moist loaf every time.

Press into a loaf pan. Spread ketchup over the top of the loaf . Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 45 minutes. The flavor and texture was okay, but when I removed it from the oven, not only had the loaf shrunk in the pan, it was absolutely swimming in grease.

"In meatloaf, bread is the go-to stretcher-filler and texturizer," he tells me. "But it turns out that puffed brown rice does a better job, with the mixture of meat, stock, and puffed rice producing the best final flavor and texture."

Well I’m here to report that the puffed rice adds great texture to the meatloaf, keeping the whole lot very tender and moist. (There. I said it!) DiSpirito recommends using a lean ground beef, but we’d venture that a blend with a bit more fat would lend the meatloaf even more juiciness.

Another pro tip for avoiding a tough meatloaf (or meatballs, for that matter): Have a light hand! "Overmixing is a chronic issue. When you overmix meat and other ingredients, you can guarantee it will turn out tough. Use a light touch. Mix until it looks and feels like the sand and water in your pail at the beach looked. Once it cooks, it will all come together."

And as for the espresso? As promised, it brings deep flavor to the glaze, which isn’t cloying at all. A glaze for adults, if you will—even if the inside holds a favorite cereal from childhood.

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These Breakfast Staples Are the Key to a Moist Meatloaf . This surprising element—which you probably have in your pantry already—is the key to a delicious meatloaf . In his latest book, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life, courtesy of Food

The secret is out! My grandma makes the best meatloaf . I promise you, you will love this recipe. The vegetables and spices cook together to make a This meatloaf was so moist , I will probably never use milk again, EVER! My SO said it was heaps better than the meatloaf I usually make (with milk)

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Espresso Meatloaf

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Serves 4

  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder (such as Medaglia d’Oro)

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