Meatloaf makes some people skeptical. However, that’s because you haven’t tasted the right meatloaf yet.
This gluten-free meatloaf is the best meatloaf you will ever taste. It is tender and filled with moisture.
You don’t have to force yourself to eat dry meatloaf that falls apart before putting it in your mouth. One taste of this comforting meatloaf, and you will look forward to eating the leftovers stored in the fridge.
What Makes This Gluten-Free Meatloaf Recipe Different
This gluten-free meatloaf recipe is jazzed up with a sweet but tart cranberry glaze. The glaze contains sugar-free ketchup, mustard, brown sugar-free sweetener, and cranberry jam.
I added cranberry jam to the glaze for two reasons. I made a big batch of jam and needed to use it up. Additionally, I thought the jam would add a different twist to the meatloaf.
It worked out perfectly. The jam gave the glaze a beautiful rich red color and a sweet but tart flavor, which paired perfectly with the moist, savory meatloaf.
What Is The Best Ground Beef For Meatloaf
You don’t want to use ground beef that is extremely lean or overly fatty. Yes, fat equals flavor. But the meatloaf gets its flavor from the other ingredients.
Remember, as it cooks, the fat will render. If you use ground beef with high-fat content, the meat will sit in the fat, creating a greasy mess.
If you use ground beef that is too lean, the meatloaf will be super dry. Ground beef that is 80% or 85% lean is best for making meatloaf.
If you are still worried about the meatloaf being dry, the other ingredients will help keep it moist and juicy.
What Is The Secret To Juicy Meatloaf
Adding moisture is the secret to creating a juicy meatloaf. Ingredients such as milk, eggs, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and tomato paste add moisture to the meatloaf and prevent it from drying out.
What Can I Use Instead Of Breadcrumbs In Meatloaf
This is a gluten-free meatloaf, so it does not contain wheat breadcrumbs. Luckily, there are many substitutes you can use.
The most obvious choice is gluten-free breadcrumbs. However, you can also use crushed gluten-free crackers or cereal, as well as rolled oats. Instead of gluten-free breadcrumbs, I used 1/2 cup of almond flour to make this meatloaf keto-friendly.
Why Do You Put Milk In Meatloaf
Milk adds moisture to the meatloaf. It softens up the bread, breadcrumbs, or, in this case, almond flour, adding moisture to the meatloaf. Milk also gives the meatloaf a softer texture and helps bind the meat mixture together preventing it from falling apart.
You can use non-dairy milk or water if you do not want to use milk. You can also use low-sodium beef or chicken broth in place of milk.
Why Is My Meatloaf Falling Apart
There are several reasons why your meatloaf may fall apart, such as cooking it too long. But the culprit is probably the binding agents. Eggs and breadcrumbs bind meatloaf together. It will fall apart if there aren’t enough of these ingredients in the meatloaf.
Do You Cook Meatloaf Covered Or Uncovered
I always cook meatloaf uncovered. The meatloaf has to brown, and the sauce needs to caramelize. However, if you are worried about the meatloaf burning, cover it and bake it for 40 minutes, then uncover it, add the glaze, and bake it for another 15 minutes. This will allow the meatloaf to brown and the glaze to caramelize.
Tips For Making The Best Meatloaf
Do not overmix your meatloaf. Overmixing can cause the meatloaf to become tough. Mix it just until it is combined.
Chop the onions, bell peppers, and garlic finely. If these ingredients are cut too big, they will not cook through.
Saute the onions, bell peppers, and garlic. This step is optional, but sauteeing the vegetables makes them more tender and adds moisture to the meatloaf.
If you want the meatloaf to have a crisp texture, cook the meatloaf in a baking pan or sheet pan. You can cook the meatloaf in a loaf pan, but the drippings from the meat will cause it to steam.
Let your meatloaf rest for 10 minutes before cutting it. It will let the juices settle and prevent the meatloaf from drying out.
How To Store Meatloaf
To store meatloaf, let it cool completely. Place the meatloaf in an airtight container, cover it, and cook it in the fridge for 3-4 days.
You can also store meatloaf in the freezer. Let the meatloaf cool completely, then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Wrap the meatloaf with a layer of foil, then freeze it for 2-3 months.
Let the meatloaf thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
To reheat meatloaf, cut it into single portions and reheat it in the microwave in 30-second bursts until it is heated through.
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8 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories286
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 4.3g 20%
- Cholesterol 119mg 40%
- Sodium 672mg 29%
- Potassium 38mg 2%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0.6g 0%
- Sugars 7.3g
- Protein 25.3g 50%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.