How bad is meatloaf for you?

Meatloaf may not be the menu item of choice for many Americans in 2017, but it doesn’t need to taste bad and, eaten in moderation, it need not even be bad for your health. A large slice has between 180 calories and 294 calories, 23 grams of protein and 27 grams of total fat.

What does milk do in meatloaf?

The reason milk is added in meatloaf is that it soaks the bread crumbs which add needed moisture to the meatloaf. If you personally do not want to use milk you can try using low sodium beef stock, chicken stock, water, or a non-dairy milk substitute.

How can I make my meatloaf better?

Boost The Flavor

Wet ingredients can add moisture and flavor to your finished meatloaf. Try adding a bit of ketchup, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, mustard, A1 sauce, or even V8 juice to your meat mixture!

What is the best binder for meatloaf?

The binder gives a meatloaf it’s tender texture and helps it retain moisture. The best binder for making a meatloaf is whatever you already have in your kitchen. It is an excellent use for stale bread and crackers, old breadcrumbs, oatmeal, unsweetened cereal and even leftover potatoes.

Should I put egg in my meatloaf?

An egg is a simple ingredient that plays a complex role in baking and cooking. In cooking up a meat loaf, they serve almost as a glue that holds the ingredients together as well as maintains moisture. So yes, it is important to include those eggs in your recipe.

Do I need eggs for meatloaf?

It’s probably there as a binder, to hold the loaf together, rather than flavour – similar to how many people add a little egg to a hamburger mix to help the hamburgers hold together. However, just like a hamburger, in a meatloaf you could get away without using the egg, depending on how dry vs. meaty the recipe is.

What can I substitute for bread crumbs in meatloaf?

Crushed-up crackers make an excellent bread crumb substitute in baked dishes like meatballs or meatloaf. The crackers work just as well as the bread crumbs to hold the meat mixture together, and using varieties like salty saltines or buttery Ritz is a great way to add an extra burst of flavor to your dish.

Are breadcrumbs necessary for meatloaf?

To prevent your meatloaf from falling apart, it is necessary to add elements that give it moisture and work as an edible glue. Egg yolk and a few tablespoons of milk are essential for moisture. Breadcrumbs are normally added for this purpose as well, however, they are not needed.

What is a healthy alternative to bread crumbs?

Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and chia and flax seeds are all suitable replacements for bread crumbs. And the food processor is your best option to transform them into a powdery consistency. Nut flours burn quicker than bread crumbs, so keep an eye on dinner while it’s cooking.