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Chef John's Prison-Style Meatloaf

In this video, you'll see how to make a meatloaf inspired by Italian meatballs. It's called “prison-style” meatloaf because big institutions, like prisons, often use fillers, like abundant breadcrumbs, to bulk up their meatloaves. And surprise! This technique actually produces a juicy and tender meatball-like meatloaf. Its only crime? Being guilty of total deliciousness! And the method also saves money. So it’s a win-win-win. Chef John’s meatloaf features milk-soaked breadcrumbs, along with sautéed onions and garlic, herbs, and Parmesan. Milk-soaked crumbs are better here than dry crumbs, which pull moisture away from the meat. Your meatloaf ends up super moist. Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John's Prison-Style Meatloaf. Top with your favorite tomato sauce and bake until beautiful. And enjoy with fluffy mashed potatoes.

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  • Bo Stenberg

Chef, you are a highly distubed person in need of immediate psychoactive therapy. Also, however, the funniest sonofabatch on the net.

  • caquilter

I love Chef John Commentary! Had to work in a prison once upon a time until I fortunately escaped to another facility, not a prison. I listen and laugh then tell myself, 'Stop forget traumatic experiences-just go make this Meatloaf!' It is very very good!

  • mom2boyz

LOL! " I usually cut it with my shive, t it as in the dishwasher" LOL!