Hearty Comfort: Meatloaf With Savory Rice Stuffing

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Meatloaf is a classic comfort food enjoyed by families for generations. This recipe takes the traditional meatloaf and adds a twist with fluffy rice, creating a satisfying and flavorful dish. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal or a potluck gathering.

Ingredients:

Wonderful Meatloaf
Wonderful Meatloaf

1 pound ground beef (80/20 lean-to-fat ratio)

  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 cup cooked white rice (medium or long grain)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a loaf pan.

    2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, cooked rice, onion, bell pepper, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well with your hands until everything is evenly incorporated.

    3. Form the meatloaf mixture into a loaf shape and place it in the prepared loaf pan.

    4. Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C) using a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the loaf.

    5. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 450

  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Please note: These nutrition facts are estimates only and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    This meatloaf with rice is a delicious and easy recipe that is sure to please everyone at the table. The rice adds a great texture and helps to stretch the meat further, making it a budget-friendly option. With its classic flavors and simple preparation, this recipe will become a staple in your meal rotation.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use brown rice instead of white rice? Absolutely! Brown rice is a healthy alternative and will still work well in this recipe.

    2. What can I substitute for the ground pork? You can use all ground beef or a combination of ground turkey and ground beef.

    3. How can I tell if my meatloaf is done? The best way to tell if your meatloaf is done is to use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 160°F (71°C).

    4. Do I need to cover the meatloaf while it bakes? No, you don’t need to cover the meatloaf while it bakes.

    5. What can I serve with meatloaf with rice? This dish pairs well with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a simple green salad.