Ever since they were little, one of my children’s favorite meals has always been good, old-fashioned meatloaf. No matter how often I made meatloaf, it was always a treat for them to eat it.
Can’t you just picture a nice thick slice of meaty loaf with onions, ketchup and a side of potatoes or green beans?
But, since the recipe called for flour and/or bread crumbs in the meat mix, I could no longer make it for them. I wish I knew then, what I do now…
My daughter loved our meatloaf dinners. This was one of the dishes she would crave when she was on the gluten-free diet. She really missed the rich, oniony flavor of meatloaf at dinner. She still enjoyed meat dishes like, meatballs, sloppy joe and hamburgers (the last two without the buns, of course!) however, she did not get to taste meatloaf for a long time.
Although I inquired after recipes for gluten-free meatloaf, there just wasn’t one to be found in those days that didn’t use exotic, thoroughly expensive ingredients. It became obvious that if we were ever to have meatloaf again for dinner, I would have to come up with my own recipe for gluten-free meatloaf.
Fortunately, this particular dish did not call for too much trial-and-error. I figured out how to substitute the flour-based ingredients for gluten-free flour based ones or, leave out those ingredients all together. In forming the recipe, I choose the latter course and, now, we all enjoy delicious meatloaf for dinner the gluten-free way!
My recipe is very easy to follow and uses simple ingredients that are easy to find in your local grocery store. And, the final result is a heavenly smelling meatloaf that tastes just as good, if not better, than the real thing. I have included my special recipe below for your eating pleasure.
Gluten-Free Hamburger Meatloaf
Gluten-Free With Love by Tricia Fecteau, p. 60
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes.
Cooking Time: 1 hour.
Yields: 6 large servings.
- 2 lbs of lean ground beef
- 1 lb of ground turkey
- 1 cup of crumbled rice chex or corn chex cereal (make sure they are gluten free)
- 1 cup of rice milk
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup of chopped celery
- ¼ cup of parsley (scant) or cilantro
- 3 small onions
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Transfer the meat mixture to a loaf pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour. Top with ketchup or tomato sauce according to taste.
Another option for serving gluten-free meatloaf is to keep an eye out for it pre-made in your local natural food store. At place such as Whole Foods Market, gluten-free meatloaf is sometimes sold as a specialty item.
It will not always be available so, if you ever see it, take advantage of the opportunity to buy something convenient and healthy for dinner. This way you will be saved the trouble once in a while of making your own gluten-free meatloaf.
Meatloaf is fairly healthy and very easy to make, so it is great to have a gluten-free version of it. Besides, meatloaf tastes wonderful, especially when it has lots of herbs and onions. With our simple recipe, you will be making and eating homemade meatloaf for dinner in no time!
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