Meatloaf is one of those great comfort food meals that when done right is moist, tender, and delectable. Ground meats, ground beef, ground turkey, ground pork, ground chicken, and ground lamb all require being cooked to specific temperatures to be safe. When you are using ground meats it is critical to get the beef and lamb to 155°F (68°C) if you are making burgers, and with the pork and poultry you need to reach 165°F (74°C). Meatloaf is made by combining the ground meat with other ingredients including eggs and it is critical to cook it to 165°F (74°C) no matter what type of ground meat you are using.
When making meatloaf it is important to keep in mind that you must treat it in the same way that you mix up meatballs. You don’t want to over mix it because it will cause the meatloaf to be tough. Meatloaf correctly mixed will be tender, juicy, and very delectable. Meatloaf has binders in it, eggs, breadcrumbs, cracker crumbs, oatmeal, or rice, plus seasonings and herbs. When making a meatloaf you will also add things to it like bacon, diced onions, sometimes diced bell pepper, or chilies. All of these ingredients will cause the meatloaf to get tight, so the addition of shredded cheese and milk or heavy cream will help the meatloaf stay moist during the cooking process, help keep the meatloaf together and prevent it from coming out tough.