The final step is to let the meat loaf stand for at least ten minutes before slicing.
While the meat loaf is resting, make your own slices of garlic bread by using up any day old bread you have on hand. Mix light butter with the minced garlic, spread on slices of bread and broil. By the time this is done, your meat loaf is ready to serve. Have a large green salad with it and you have a great meal. We also have leftovers for another meal or cold meat loaf sandwiches.
By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX
I sometimes put crushed corn chips (unsalted) in the mix and top with salsa. My M.I.L always drained hers half way through the cooking, she always put a can of tomato soup (undiluted) over the top and green peppers in the meatloaf. It always made a lovely sauce.
I have heard of using oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs to make it healthier. I tried it once, and I liked it, but my hubby won't eat oatmeal under any circumstances, so I haven't made it that way again, but it would be healthier!
Someone asked, "What the purpose is of letting the meatloaf sit for 10 minutes?"
It is to allow the juices to soak back into the meat. If you slice right away the juice runs out and the rest of the meat gets dry. At least this is what my husband tells me and he cooks for a profession. So I just do it and it makes him happy. :)
Meatloaf is something that I don't prepare by any certain recipe, all the time. I do make it several times a year. We don't like cold meatloaf sandwiches, like many others do. It was never served this way in my parent's household, while I was growing up. But there are two things that I do always do to my meatloaf before putting it in the oven.
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