I am on Day 10 of my new Gluten Free way of eating. I have spent most of the last ten days eating at restaurants or making tacos with corn tortillas. I have been fairly successful so far, and have been learning a lot as I go.
Last night was a chilly rainy night after a week of 80 degree weather, so I figured a dinner of comfort food would be perfect. So, meat loaf, mashed potatoes and corn it was. The picky eater in me has never had an issue with potatoes and corn, and they are both naturally gluten free. So, there was no concern there. But, I can be pretty picky about meatloaf, and I was going to have to figure out how to make it without the traditional bread crumbs.
The only meat loaf I will ever eat is my mother’s. She has learned over the years to grate the onions she uses so the pieces aren’t big enough for me to see. And, doesn’t add any other vegetables that many other people or restaurants will add. I figured I could take this opportunity to not only make a gluten free meat loaf, but also add some typical meatloaf ingredients that I normally wouldn’t eat.
When searching Gluten Free Meat loaf, I found that most of them used either quinoa or gluten free bread crumbs, and either ground beef or turkey. I decided right away that I would use gluten free bread crumbs since I am still new to gluten free cooking and this may be the closest to what I am used to. I also switched up the recipe a bit from just ground beef or turkey, to half ground beef and half ground pork. I threw in some chorizo for flavor. I also used chopped onions and red peppers. Both of which would have made me pass on meatloaf in the past. I also don’t like when meat loaf is made in a loaf pan. It doesn’t allow for a nice crust all of the way around. Another reason I won’t order meat loaf in a restaurant.
While standing in the grocery store in front of the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, I was glad to find that many Heinz products are gluten free. They have an entire list of gluten free products on their website.
The meat loaf turned out Delicious!! I may have cut it a bit early causing it to fall apart, but the taste made up for it. I am glad to say that my first homemade gluten free meal was a success. On to the next………