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Air Fryer Meatloaf

a meatloaf cooked in an air fryer on a cutting board cut up

A Gourmet Recipe for the Modern Home Chef


Elevating the Classic Meatloaf Experience

Meatloaf, a comforting staple of family dinners, enters the realm of modern cooking with our Air Fryer Meatloaf recipe. Melding traditional flavors with contemporary cooking techniques, this meatloaf is not just a dish; it's an experience. With an air fryer, you achieve a succulent, juicy interior and a perfectly crispy crust, elevating a humble classic into a gourmet delight.


The Evolution of Meatloaf: A Brief History

Meatloaf has evolved from a budget-friendly family meal to a canvas for culinary creativity. Its roots trace back to Roman times, and it has since been adopted and adapted by cultures worldwide, making it a truly global dish. Today, we're taking it a step further, adapting it for the air fryer, a marvel of modern kitchen technology.


High-Quality Ingredients for the Perfect Meatloaf

  • 1 lb ground beef (85% lean)

  • 1 lb ground pork

  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 cup ketchup, plus extra for glazing

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)


Step-by-Step Instructions: Crafting the Ultimate Air Fryer Meatloaf


Preparation of Ingredients

  • In a small bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in milk until fully absorbed.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef and pork, ensuring they blend well.

  • Mix in the soaked breadcrumbs, egg, ketchup, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir until the mixture is just combined; avoid overmixing.


Shaping the Meatloaf

  • Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface. Transfer the meat mixture onto the paper, shaping it into a loaf.

  • Carefully lift the meatloaf with the parchment paper and place it into the air fryer basket.


Air Frying the Meatloaf

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (182°C).

  • Air fry the meatloaf for approximately 40-45 minutes. Halfway through cooking, brush additional ketchup over the top for a glaze.


Checking for Doneness

  • The meatloaf is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C). Use a meat thermometer to ensure accuracy.


Resting and Serving

  • Once cooked, let the meatloaf rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute.

  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.


Expert Tips for a Flawless Meatloaf

  • Choosing the Right Meat: A blend of beef and pork gives the meatloaf optimal flavor and juiciness.

  • The Importance of Breadcrumbs: They absorb moisture, keeping the meatloaf tender.

  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing can lead to a dense, tough texture.


Serving Suggestions: Pairing with Side Dishes

  • Classic Mashed Potatoes: Creamy and smooth, they complement the rich flavors of the meatloaf.

  • Steamed Green Beans: A light, healthy side that adds color and balance.


Nutritional Information: A Balanced Approach

This meatloaf offers a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, making it a wholesome choice for a family meal.



Storing and Reheating Tips

  • Storage: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

  • Reheating: Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F (177°C) for a few minutes until warmed through.


Conclusion: A Modern Twist on a Classic Dish

Our Air Fryer Meatloaf recipe provides a perfect blend of traditional comfort and modern culinary technique. It's a testament to how classic recipes can be transformed with new cooking methods, bringing out the best in familiar flavors.


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