Making Meatloaf New Again
Meatloaf is often referred to as a "classic" dish because of its
popularity when our grandparents and parents were younger. In
reality, the only truly classic part of meatloaf is that it is made
with meat shaped into a loaf form.
It seems as if almost every family has its own classic meatloaf
when it come to recipes. In a time when all recipes seemed
simple, meatloaf was ground beef, bread crumbs, maybe an egg, all
with ketchup on top. In recent years, recipes have taken a
turn to healthier versions by using leaner forms of meat like turkey
or even 90% lean beef.
Vegetables are making a bigger show in meatloaf than in previous
years. Carrots, thinly sliced or grated are a great addition
as well as grated squashes, spinach, other greens, and even
The sauce for the top of meatloaves has also undergone quite a
metamorphosis from basic ketchup poured over the top to honey
mustard, fruit glazes, gourmet barbecue sauces, and I've even see
bacon topped meatloaves.
One other big change is our "classic" meatloaf is what's in the
center. Gone is the boring "same all the way through"
meatloaf. Now we're seeing different cheeses, vegetables, and
even different meats in the middle of our classic meatloaf.
Although classic seems to imply the same old boring meatloaf,
this dish has changed over time to remain a stylish family favorite.
So if your meatloaf recipe is stuck in a rut, try adding one new
ingredients or a new topping and see how it can be a new meal in the
eyes (and stomachs) of your entire family.