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Made A Meatloaf Last Night and.....

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I finally tried putting powdered ranch dressing in to a meatloaf after seeing years of commercials to do it for burgers. It works! First I saw many varieties of the Ranch powders so I tried one with a Mexican flair to it. Threw in an egg and some Italian bread crumbs, some Cajun seasoning, thyme, Durkees Six Pepper Blend and paprika, salt and pepper and a little curry style ketchup. What came out was the best meatloaf I have had in many moons and this off the cuff concoction will make great meatballs.
 

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another odd ingredient that works is grape jelly
not so much that it sweetens the concoction, no more than a spoonful
but adds a subtle flavor and is a moistening agent
 

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I finally tried putting powdered ranch dressing in to a meatloaf after seeing years of commercials to do it for burgers. It works! First I saw many varieties of the Ranch powders so I tried one with a Mexican flair to it. Threw in an egg and some Italian bread crumbs, some Cajun seasoning, thyme, Durkees Six Pepper Blend and paprika, salt and pepper and a little curry style ketchup. What came out was the best meatloaf I have had in many moons and this off the cuff concoction will make great meatballs.
Whenever I make meatloaf, I grate five or six carrots into the mix. Great way to get more veggies. Wonderful moistening properties. I like your idea about Ranch seasoning -- salt rocks.
 

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I am convinced there is nothing you cannot put in meatloaf that you like that won't turn out favorable for you. That said, I have done the ranch thing but I cannot say I really liked it. Ranch is not my favorite flavor profile anyway.
 

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I finally tried putting powdered ranch dressing in to a meatloaf after seeing years of commercials to do it for burgers. It works! First I saw many varieties of the Ranch powders so I tried one with a Mexican flair to it. Threw in an egg and some Italian bread crumbs, some Cajun seasoning, thyme, Durkees Six Pepper Blend and paprika, salt and pepper and a little curry style ketchup. What came out was the best meatloaf I have had in many moons and this off the cuff concoction will make great meatballs.

Sounds great. I've been having this insane craving for a good meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy but with it being so dang hot outside I don't like too eat too heavy.


I ran across a meatloaf cupcake recipe, basically a meatloaf but cooked as cupcakes instead of a loaf. Has anyone tried this before and was is good or would you stick to a loaf?
 

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I am convinced there is nothing you cannot put in meatloaf that you like that won't turn out favorable for you. That said, I have done the ranch thing but I cannot say I really liked it. Ranch is not my favorite flavor profile anyway.
Take a look at the variety of dry ranch dressings available you might find one you like.
 

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Sounds great. I've been having this insane craving for a good meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy but with it being so dang hot outside I don't like too eat too heavy.


I ran across a meatloaf cupcake recipe, basically a meatloaf but cooked as cupcakes instead of a loaf. Has anyone tried this before and was is good or would you stick to a loaf?
Why not? It would reduce cooking time and the stupid kids could not argue over who got the biggest slice. You could also put different toppings on the individual parts. I like it!
 

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Whenever I make meatloaf, I grate five or six carrots into the mix. Great way to get more veggies. Wonderful moistening properties. I like your idea about Ranch seasoning -- salt rocks.
Grating carrots can go well with almost anything. I just did that to some spaghetti sauce after I found two in the fridge. It adds a hint of sweet to everything and it's good for ya!
 

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Meatloaf can be changed up a number of ways, the Ranch dressing thing was okay, but the top of my list was adding real bacon bits, about a half cup for 2 pounds of burger.

Standard ingredients are an egg, a cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs, 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, A1 sauce, smoky flavored BBQ sauce, a heaping spoonful of minced garlic, oregano and sage.

I don't salt or pepper any food while cooking, that can be added later as needed.
 

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rhinefire said:
You could also put different toppings on the individual parts. I like it!

I didn't even think of that, great idea. I hate onions so I usually cook without them and everyone else complains but this would solve that issue when making meatloaf.
 

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For me meatloaf is for making sammiches later. My wife makes a big one, freezes half and makes me smeatloaf, as she calls it, sammiches. We use venison, doe is a tad better in this. since it is for cold sammiches the loaf is very firm for easy, thin slicing. I use everything from BBQ sauce, horseradish mayo, or spicy mustard depending on my mood.
 

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Just saw and bought a packet of Wishbone powdered ITALIAN dressing, so tonight we dine ala Italiano meatloafo..........I tell you how it came out.
 

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Just saw and bought a packet of Wishbone powdered ITALIAN dressing, so tonight we dine ala Italiano meatloafo..........I tell you how it came out.
I have never made a meatloaf in my life..

And I don't intend to..:shock:
 

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Speaking as one who literally grew up on the stuff when my folks were young and dirt poor - I wouldn't touch meatloaf with a ten foot pole now. :mrgreen:
 

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Speaking as one who literally grew up on the stuff when my folks were young and dirt poor - I wouldn't touch meatloaf with a ten foot pole now. :mrgreen:
You are not alone but I like it, as long as it's cold. I grew up on it as well.
 

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Sorry..I have never had to eat it,..Thank who-ever- it is!! :tink:

Is it poor peoples stuff??
Not so much poor as middle and lower class. There are a lot of American dishes that way.
 

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Not so much poor as middle and lower class. There are a lot of American dishes that way.
I didn't mean to sound snobby...from what I've gathered it is making the most out of crap...
 

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bless you...:tink:
 
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