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Crispy Fried Meat Loaf

Friday, November 01, 2013

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.

Serves: 6
Chilling Time: 2 hr
Cooking Time: 1 hr

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


  • COATING
  • 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:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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