Simple Classic Dairy-Free Meatloaf Recipe

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  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 9" x 5" pan (serves 6)
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Meatloaf is usually made with beef and pork, but there are variations now that run the gamut from chicken to turkey to everything in between. While the type of meat you use to make your meatloaf is up to you, this dairy-free recipe is ok for kids and adults who are lactose intolerant or otherwise not able to eat dairy, despite eating meat. This variation of the home-cooking classic is a favorite no matter what your dietary restrictions, especially when served with dairy-free creamy mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy.

Buying the Right Meat for Your Meatloaf

Meatloaf needs fat to stick together. If you use super-lean meats for your meatloaf it may fall apart or be much drier than if you were to use fattier meats. This is why you'll see meat blends used for meatloaf. Not only does a mix of meats allow for better texture, but it also enhances the flavor of the meatloaf. If you prefer using a lean meat such as ground chicken or ground turkey, use more Worcestershire sauce or ketchup to help keep the meat moist.

Storing Dairy-Free Meatloaf

Because of the mixture of meats and the inclusion of vegetables and other sauces, it's important to store meatloaf within two hours of serving in a shallow air-tight container to avoid food-borne illnesses. It can be kept in the refrigerator 3-4 days, but if wrapped tightly in foil or plastic wrap and kept in the freezer it can keep up to 3 months. 

Make one 9" x 5" meatloaf

What You'll Need

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (divided)
  • 1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ t. black pepper
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened plain almond milk (or soymilk)
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs

How to Make It

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 9” x 5” loaf pan.

2. Using your fingers, press the brown sugar evenly into the oiled loaf pan. Combine the ketchup with the 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and spread this over the brown sugar.

3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, almond milk or soymilk, eggs and panko bread crumbs, stirring until mixture just holds together.

Press the mixture into the shape of a loaf and press into the prepared pan. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through. Serve hot.

NOTE: Be sure to let the meat "rest" before cutting into it. As little as 5-10 minutes will allow the excess liquid to drain and settle. The result is a more firm meatloaf that will remain moist throughout and give you a nice clean cut once you begin cutting into your meatloaf.