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Crispy Fried Meat Loaf

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Everyone loves good old-fashioned meat loaf, but we in the Mr. Food Test Kitchen jazzed it up a bit, keeping the timeless flavor we all love but giving this Crispy Fried Meat Loaf a golden coating we can really sink our teeth into.

What You'll Need:
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, eggs, water, 1/3 cup ketchup, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder; mix well. Place mixture in prepared dish and shape into loaf. Spread remaining ketchup over top.
  3. Bake 60 to 70 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center. Let cool, then refrigerate at least 2 hours. Slice cold meat loaf into 3/4-inch slices.
  4. To make the coating, place flour in a shallow dish; place eggs in another shallow dish and lightly beat. Combine Panko bread crumbs, salt, and pepper in a third shallow dish. Coat a slice of meat loaf on both sides with flour, then egg, and finally with bread crumbs.
  5. In a large skillet, heat oil until hot. Fry a few slices at a time 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter and serve.

Serve this up with a steaming bowl of our creamy mashed potatoes and some easy, homemade brown gravy!

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What about adding shredded zucchini to the meat like in one of the other Mr. Food meatloaf recipes?

Yes, you can definitely add zucchini to this meatloaf recipe! Enjoy :)

I have refried meatloaf a lot over the years, but not like this. I will make another loaf this week and try it. My loaf is a bit more 'loaded' than the one posted, but think it will be great fried the way the recipe asks for. I cannot see the really bad negative comments from the past, other than the one about calories, which is silly, as everyone knows there are a ton of calories in meatloaf, but MOST people love meatloaf, so I ignore that. Those that slam recipes like this are so narrow-minded...I love this site, and please don't change a thing. I have made at least a hundred new things just off the recipes on the site. Great Job guys and gals.

This was pretty good. I made this with left over turkey meatloaf. I left a few pieces on a plate with the intentions of returning to eat a slice but when I got back the plate was empty. Safe to say it was a hit at my house! :')

I have made this twice, the first time it was very good but i used my meatloaf recipe and it didnt hold together so well for the dipping and frying portion of the recipe. Even tho it was good, it didnt look as nice as the picture. The next time that i made I followed the recipe to a tea...and let the loaf refrigerate overnight....turned out spectacular & held together perfectly. The meatloaf recipe yielded a perfectly textured loaf that sliced like a dream...would be a great recipe even for meatloaf sandwiches....this recipe is a keeper, according to my husband !

I was skeptical at first. Turned out great. Will make again!!!

Fantastic recipe....even my non meatloaf eater liked it ! My husband ate leftovers for breakfast the next morning....a keeper recipe for sure!!!

I love meat loaf and i think i will like it better with it's coat on. Nice and crispy. Thank you

It sounds good but very CALORIC. (Lots of calories)

I make meatloaf often, my hubby and sons love ANYTHING with ground beef:) If I ever have any leftover, I'm trying this.

The new novel ideas on this website are just fantastic and I believe many who don't even like meatloaf may like meatloaf prepared this way It's a bit unusual and sounds a bit delicious This recipe is going in my file. & I'll make it this coming week! What a wonderful website! Thank you Howard and Staff!

this was the best meatloaf in the world

am going to try but people don't we have more urgent matters going on in what use to be the greatest country in the world. I'm soon to be 71 so I know some what of what I am speaking of. Flora

You are so right. And I'm sure you didn't have to reach your 70's to know this. God bless. ps: I actually don't make meatloaf, but I'm going to now to try this recipe - that dipping idea was just too fun to pass up!

Love your recipes. Want to try this one too. What are planks bread crumbs? Pat

Panko is a Japanese style bread crumb that is coarser than the usual bread crumb. It can be found in most grocery stores. I purchased my at Price Chopper.

I am soooooo going to try a matter of fact going to delibertly make a meatloaf to do this to it!!! Thanks Howard & the gang !!Z! You all rock!!! Will post a review soon....

I rarely fry things anymore, mostly 'cause its such a mess to clean up and I've tended toward the easy shortcuts, such as "oven fried". BUUUUT. . . this I am definately going to check out on the next meatloaf leftovers (if there r any). Besides as a true daughter of the south, born and bread, I feel it is my civic duty. Seriously, it sounds fantastic as a "something different for dinner night". I'll check back & let ya'll know. (Seemed like a tittle lightheartedness was in order). Luv, luv this site!

Hello: it's just a recipe, try it or not. some my like it, it's not a law for everyone to like. we have to much judgment and hate with out bitching about a simple recipe.

Wow! I can't believe how much a meatloaf recipe generates such hostility! Grow up, people! Mr Food would be turning over in his grave if he knew his recipes stirred such dischord in his followers. Not everyone will like every recipe! Mr. Food has just as many salad and healthier recipes as he has for fried dishes. He was nothing if not diverse in his cooking styles and recipes. May God rest his soul.

Thank you.

have leftover meatloaf will try this. sounds very good.

Just when I thought meatloaf couldn't get any better... :)

I think this would be a great leftover try! Cut into squares or batons and dipped in your fav bbq sauce. Sounds like superbowl treats to me!

Really? You have nothing to do but criticize a recipe which is posted for you to decide if you like or not. You do not like for some reason DO NOT MAKE IT!


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