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Chandler, AZ

Why does my meatloaf crack? Any ideas??? Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't

Keaau, HI(Zone 11)

Hard to answer your question.... How do you make it? I think the clue is in the recipe.

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

Could be uneven heat in the oven--you know how ovens cycle on and off--the outside of the meat would cook faster and tighten up causing the uncooked center and juices to make a crack maybe. Just supposing:lol:

I stopped cooking mine in a loaf pan and just cover a baking sheet with heavy duty foil and 3 pieces of bread beneath the meat that I make into a free form loaf. The bread absorbs a lot of the grease and then you can just toss bread and foil when cooled off.

Keaau, HI(Zone 11)

Toss? The bread? OH must taste heavenly!!!

A friend of mine used to make a 'Swedish Meat Loaf' which she cooked on top of the stove in cream of mushroom soup, undiluted...turning it over a couple of times. Delicious!

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

OK--ya got me--the bread is super good and full of fat:lol: I don't even want the meatloaf if I eat a little of the bread:lol:

That Swedish Meatloaf sounds pretty good too!

Keaau, HI(Zone 11)

It is! Just make the meatloaf you usually make...brown it in a frying pan like a mongo hamburger and then add a can of mushroom soup (or onion soup, or tomato soup or.....) and simmer for about..... until it is done. The 'gravy' is to die for, and if you bake potatoes....?

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

German Meatloaf

1-1/2 Lb either meatloaf pack (beef-veal -pork- ground). I like all pork
1/2C fine chopped onion
1/2 italien bread soaked in water until soft
1/2 C chopped parsley
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste

Make a dough with above ingredients (squeeze-ing out all the water possible)
place 1/2 C flour on wax paper, form a loaf with meat dough roll in flour to cover all side, shaping a nice loaf about 7" long (you can also place hardboiled eggs into center and then cover to make the loaf. bake at 350 deg. for about 15 minutes.
Place a can of cream of mushroom soup on top and continue baking for another 45 minutes. Take out meatloaf and add a bit of water creating a nice gravy with the mushroooms soup the meatloaf tidbits and the browing along the sides. Serve with mashed potatoes and a string bean salad

Moss Point, MS(Zone 8b)

Lilliium I used to have that splitting/breaking problem. I found that bread or cracker crumbs work for me better than oatmeal. I also chop my onion and pepper more finely. An egg and very thorough mixing is also important. At last I can slice my meatloaf instead of it breaking up into chunks.

Keaau, HI(Zone 11)

Maybe you need two eggs? Or 1egg/1egg white? More binder. I also let my mix 'set' for about 20 mins before I cook it.

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