The success of this meatloaf lies in the simple, wholesome ingredients that Joanna chooses. Ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, and a medley of seasonings create a familiar yet distinct flavor profile.
What sets Joanna's meatloaf apart is her special touch - a unique blend of spices or a surprise ingredient that elevates the dish from ordinary to extraordinary.
Start with quality ground beef, combining it with breadcrumbs and eggs to form the base of the meatloaf. This ensures a moist, tender texture after baking.
Incorporating a blend of traditional seasonings like onions, garlic, salt, and pepper, along with her signature spices, infuses the meatloaf with rich, deep flavors.
Once mixed, the meat is shaped into a loaf. Joanna's approach emphasizes a hand-formed loaf, allowing for a rustic, home-made appearance.
Ensure the meatloaf is evenly shaped for consistent cooking. A loaf that’s too thick in the middle might end up undercooked.
Allowing the meatloaf to rest after baking is crucial. It helps in retaining the juices, making the meatloaf moist and flavorful.
Joanna often suggests pairing meatloaf with classic sides like mashed potatoes, green beans, or a simple salad to round out the meal.