Classic Meatloaf is a classic comfort food. Ground beef, onion, herbs and Worcestershire sauce come together to form a meatloaf loaded full of flavor. Topped with ketchup, the meatloaf bakes until golden brown and caramelized. Slice up and serve with mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food dish!
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Let’s Talk Ground Beef
Since ground beef is the star ingredient of this meatloaf recipe, it’s important to pick out the good stuff! Certified Piedmontese Beef offers several options that would work perfectly for this recipe:
I went with the Grass Fed, Grass Finished Ground Beef option for this recipe as it is 80% lean – which means no dry meatloaf around here!
Here’s what Certified Piedmontese has to say about their Grass Fed, Grass Finished Ground Beef:
“Certified Piedmontese 80% lean, grass fed, grass finished ground beef lends beefy flavor, juiciness, and all sorts of nutrients to burgers, chili, and more. You can trust that like all Certified Piedmontese cattle, our grass fed, grass finished cattle are raised the right way on the Nebraska plains. All Certified Piedmontese beef is verified all-natural and raised without hormones or antibiotics.”
What Sets Certified Piedmontese Beef Apart
Certified Piedmontese isn’t just any other beef brand that you may think. They have such a unique, healthy and appealing way that they operate. Let’s dive into the details on what sets Certified Piedmontese apart from the others:
- Their cows come from the rare Piedmontese breed of cattle from Italy – less than 1% of cattle in the United States are Piedmontese, but Certified Piedmontese has the largest herd of these cattle.
- The beef is naturally healthier, but does not sacrifice on flavor and tenderness.
- The beef has fewer calories, less fat and higher protein per ounce than beef from other breeds.
- The cattle are raised naturally without hormones, antibiotics or steroids – and on ranches here in the Midwest!
- You get the taste of real beef since it is naturally cleaner and leaner.
- Certified Piedmontese has a ranch-to-fork process that ensures traceability, environmental sustainability and humane handling.
Now, I don’t know about you guys, but COUNT ME IN! Not only are all of those amazing qualities of the Certified Piedmontese brand enough to get you on board, but tasting their product will have you hooked for life. I sure am!
Tips for Making Meatloaf
When it comes to making meatloaf, there are a couple things to keep in mind to make the process a breeze. And create a scrumptious outcome!
- Make sure your ground beef is completely thawed (properly) if it was previously frozen. If there are clumps of frozen meat still, then the meatloaf won’t cook properly.
- Don’t over mix the ingredients into the meatloaf. Use your fingers to gently fold the ingredients into the ground beef. The reason being: if you over-mix, the meatloaf will turn very dense and we don’t want that!
- Cook the meatloaf either in a loaf pan, or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Personally, I like the baking sheet option as it allows all sides of the meatloaf to get browned vs. just the top.
- Allow to set and cool slightly before cutting into it. Just like any other piece of meat that you cook, allowing it to rest before slicing allows the juices to go back into the meat instead of all over the pan.
How to Serve
Personally, I love to serve up this classic meatloaf in a classic way: with mashed potatoes! Asiago Herb Mashed Potatoes, to be exact.
Some other serving options would be as meatloaf sandwiches, crumbling up the leftover meatloaf into chili or a shepherd’s pie or even spaghetti sauce!
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