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Meatloaf/Meatball LOVERS! Mrs. Post-tato Head 4 kids; 1 angel baby; 6804 posts
2nd Aug '13

Just wanting to share the secret to the best ever meatballs, meatloaf, or Salisbury steaks! A can of tomato PASTE along with an egg. Makes the meat SUPER moist! For meatballs you can add sausage, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings to make them more "Italian" tasting, and for meatloaf/Salisbury steaks use onion soup/dip packets for extra flavor and little bits of onion throughout! Be sure to use seasoned bread crumbs as a binder though especially if using the tomato paste and eggs.



I'm sure it's no "secret", but just wanting to throw it out there for anyone who loves meatloaf or meatballs and has trouble keeping them moist and tasty. :)

user banned Ohio 4193 posts
2nd Aug '13

Ha, my husband was just talking about Salisbury Steaks the other day and how much he misses the cheap-o microwave kind (we don't eat that way anymore). I have to find a recipe for them so this info will be useful to me in the near future for sure :D

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
2nd Aug '13

I use a toooon of ketchup! I wonder which tastes better. Gonna have to try this!

Mrs. Post-tato Head 4 kids; 1 angel baby; 6804 posts
2nd Aug '13
Quoting ZenMama:" Ha, my husband was just talking about Salisbury Steaks the other day and how much he misses the cheap-o ... [snip!] ... don't eat that way anymore). I have to find a recipe for them so this info will be useful to me in the near future for sure :D"


I just made them last night and used ground beef, tomato paste, seasoned bread crumbs, eggs, a little Worcestershire sauce, the onion soup seasoning, and salt and pepper. Cooked 'em on the stove top and made some gravy to put 'em in. They were delicious!

Kimber's Mommy 1 child; South Carolina 4272 posts
2nd Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ZenMama:</b>" Ha, my husband was just talking about Salisbury Steaks the other day and how much he misses the cheap-o ... [snip!] ... don't eat that way anymore). I have to find a recipe for them so this info will be useful to me in the near future for sure :D"</blockquote>




Lol I have the exact same problem!

ɑutumnɑℓ 1 angel baby; ~, FL, United States 65787 posts
2nd Aug '13

Brown sugar and ketchup.

Mrs. Post-tato Head 4 kids; 1 angel baby; 6804 posts
2nd Aug '13
Quoting Mayhem.:" I use a toooon of ketchup! I wonder which tastes better. Gonna have to try this!"


I wouldn't think it so much changes the taste as the texture of the meat. Since tomato paste is so much thicker and more "condensed" I'd say you have to use less tomato paste than ketchup to achieve the same "flavor" and it probably hold the meat together better as well, since too much watery/liquidy ketchup would make the meat too loose, I would think.

Aman dua Bremen, Georgia 583 posts
2nd Aug '13

My mom always made her meatloaf with spaghetti sauce in it instead of ketchup, Its the only way I like it now.