Meatloaf is a mainstay in our family's dinner tables. It's the perfect food to make for a big family like ours or for weekdays, and ofcourse for the weekend! Especially during the holidays, this is one such nostalgic and comforting recipe for dinner. But there's just one issue in making a meatloaf that almost everyone faces. It's hard to decently season a meatloaf. Oftentimes the meatloaf Is left under seasoned, and who likes a big hunk of cooked meat that is bland and tasteless?
But with our perfect meatloaf seasoning 🧂 , you'll never have to face this problem! And it's so easy to make that you can do it in your home's kitchen! 😍😍🤔
- 🤔 What is Meatloaf seasoning made of?
- 🥘 What do you need to make Meatloaf Seasoning
- 👩🍳 How to make Meatloaf Seasoning
- 🥘 Variations for Meatloaf Seasoning
- 🤔 How to use Meatloaf Seasoning?
- 🌱 Is this Meatloaf Seasoning Vegan and Gluten Free?
- 🧊 How to store Meatloaf Seasoning?
- 💯 Tips to make Meatloaf Seasoning even better
- 🤔 Can we add Herbs in Meatloaf Seasoning?
- 😇 What's the advantage of making Meatloaf Seasoning at home?
- 🧂 Other homemade seasoning recipes
- Homemade Meatloaf Seasoning
🤔 What is Meatloaf seasoning made of?
Meatloaf is basically minced meat that is cooked and presented in the shape of a loaf.
It is often cut into thick slices and served with a side of some sauce. But if your meatloaf is already well-seasoned, then it won't even need some extras on the side to rescue it. This is where meatloaf seasoning comes into play.
All you need to brighten up your meatloaf is some specially made seasoning mix. It usually consists of spices like garlic powder, paprika and dried herbs like basil.
There are plenty of good pre-made meatloaf seasonings available in the stores, but we suggest you instead make your own seasoning at home. This way you get to tweak and adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences.
🥘 What do you need to make Meatloaf Seasoning
1. Dried mustard
3. Kosher salt
4. Dried basil
5. Black pepper
6. Garlic powder
7. Onion powder
👩🍳 How to make Meatloaf Seasoning
Making seasoning mixes can be time consuming depending on their ingredients. But not this meatloaf seasoning!😍😍
You don’t need any fancy spice grinder to make it. It will take you no more than ten minutes to get this meatloaf seasoning ready for your Sunday dinner time!
Or you can also make this seasoning in a large batch and store it away for future use!
1. First pulse all your whole spices and dried herbs into a powder in a food processor or high speed blender. This includes spices like black pepper and dried herbs like basil.
2. Take an appropriate sized, preferably large to medium sized mixing bowl. Combine all the ingredients in it. Be careful with adding salt as you don’t want it to be too much or too little.
3. Mix all the ingredients together with a small spoon. Make sure the bowl and spoon are completely dry and there are no water droplets or moisture on it. Otherwise your meatloaf seasoning can get spoiled really fast.
4. Your meatloaf seasoning is now ready for use! You can also bottle it away securely for later use in future. 😇😇
🥘 Variations for Meatloaf Seasoning
Meatloaf is thought to be a boring food by many people. But with the right seasoning, your meatloaf can become the star of the mealtable.
You can make the seasoning even better by doing variations and adjustments to it. Here are some of our own variations you can do to make a perfect meatloaf seasoning!
1. If you like your Meatloaf to be on the spicy side then just turn up the heat of its seasoning! You can do this by adding Cayenne Pepper to the mix according to your desired heat level.
2. On the contrary, you can also make a sweeter version of the seasoning if you like a different tasting meatloaf. Just add a small amount of brown sugar to the seasoning mix.
Don’t use your regular granulated sugar as it does not have the molasses-like flavour that brown sugar has, which goes perfectly with any kind of meat.
3. You can make an Italian style meatloaf seasoning as well! Just add some dried thyme and oregano or use Italian Seasoning to the meatloaf seasoning and use it for making your meatloaf!
4. You can do a more Indian style meatloaf seasoning by including some curry powder in the mix!
🤔 How to use Meatloaf Seasoning?
Many people still get confused when it comes to using meatloaf seasoning. Are we supposed to coat it over the meatloaf’s surface or should I mix it thoroughly inside?
The answer to this leans towards the latter. Whenever you are making Meatloaf, the best way to season it is to mix the Meat, the seasoning and other wet ingredients together.
Then all you need to do is bake your meatloaf in the oven.
As a bonus, you can also garnish your meatloaf with fresh basil at the end for extra flavours.
Follow these steps and you will never end up with an under-seasoned meatloaf!
🌱 Is this Meatloaf Seasoning Vegan and Gluten Free?
Yes! This meatloaf is absolutely Vegan and Gluten Free! It does not contain any animal or wheat products. Vegans can go ahead and use this seasoning for their own Vegan Meatloaf recipe!
🧊 How to store Meatloaf Seasoning?
Storing meatloaf seasoning is not that different from storing other seasoning mixes. If you store your Meatloaf Seasoning the right way then you can preserve it for upto six months. You just need to follow some basic tips to get the best results!
1. Always use an airtight bottle/jar to store your seasoning. It will be even better if the bottle/jar is made of glass. Plastic containers are usually not suitable for long term storage.
2. Choose a dark and cool place to keep your bottle of meatloaf seasoning. Heat and light does not bode well for any spice containing seasoning and just accelerates the speed of your seasoning going bad.
3. Keep an eye on the colour of your meatloaf seasoning along with its smell. If both of these start going dull, then maybe it's time to replace your old meatloaf seasoning with a fresh batch.
💯 Tips to make Meatloaf Seasoning even better
1. You can adjust the spices in the meatloaf seasoning according to your taste preferences. If you like it spicy, go for cayenne pepper. If you want it a little sweet, then add brown sugar instead.
2. Use kosher salt only instead of plain regular salt. It's easier to control the measurement of kosher salt than table salt. This way you can avoid adding too much or too little salt in the seasoning.
3. You can make your own variations to the meatloaf seasoning. Try adding herbs like thyme and oregano to make an Italian meatloaf seasoning for instance!
4. To get the best flavours out of your meatloaf seasoning, you should always mix it together with the meat and other wet ingredients before baking it.
🤔 Can we add Herbs in Meatloaf Seasoning?
Herbs are a great addition to any seasoning mix, and especially when it comes to meatloaf seasoning.
Just make sure you use only dried herbs and not fresh herbs.
Lastly, try to not add too much herbs as they can overwhelm the seasoning and you will not be able to taste anything else.
😇 What's the advantage of making Meatloaf Seasoning at home?
While it may be easier to just buy a pre-made Meatloaf Seasoning, you also have to first look at the pros you'll get with a homemade seasoning.
For starters, you'll get to control what ingredients and how much of them will go into the seasoning. You will also not be getting any extra preservatives or additional salt or additives in a homemade seasoning like you do with in a store bought one.
🧂 Other homemade seasoning recipes
- Italian Seasoning (You Already Have The Ingredients On Hand)
- Cajun Seasoning Recipe
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning
- Homemade Old Bay Seasoning
- Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
- Everything Bagel Seasoning Recipe
- Ranch Seasoning Recipe
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe
Homemade Meatloaf Seasoning
- 2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 2 teaspoon Dried Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
- 1½ teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- add all the mentioned ingredients in a bowl
- combine everything using a spoon. Use immediately or store in a clean and dry air tight container in your spice rack