A big part of getting used to the culture and everyday life of the USA is very much linked to new food experiences. The latest taste test / food review is for Meatloaf, which is exactly as is sounds … meat (commonly beef or a mix of beef and pork) packed into a loaf tin and baked.
Meatloaf originated in Europe (there is mention of it in a Roman cookery collection) and traditionally came from Germany (possibly German settlers brought it over). The first mention of it in an American cookbook was in the late 1800’s – it is typically made today with ground beef but can be made with, or a mixture of, pork, veal and lamb.
The Taste Test
The meatloaf I had consisted of ground beef, ground pork, tomato/balsamic based sauce, Italian seasoning, egg whites, onion, parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.
It had a fresh meaty taste that was set off well with the seasoning. The consistency of the loaf was not as dense as I had thought it would be and was very moist. I could not really detect a tomato-like taste, but do not think it is meant to be a huge feature in the overall taste.
Moist, meaty, well seasoned – a surprise from the dense, dry, overpowering meat fest I was expecting. I will be adding that to my meals in the future!
Have you tried meatloaf – what did you think? Do you have a must-add family ingredient? What would you like to see me try next?