Put together a pretty awesome meatloaf seasoning with our carefully chosen blend of some staple herbs and spices.
Homemade Meatloaf Seasoning
Sometimes, seasoning is a simple matter of using some salt and pepper. This recipe is for a more complex spice mix with just enough heat from the mustard and paprika to add some kick without being overly spicy. Classic flavors of paprika, garlic and onion round out this savory spice mix.
You can whip up a great meatloaf mix in next to no time once you know what you’re doing.
You’ll need some key ingredients to take your meatloaf to the next level. Luckily these are all pantry staples that you probably already have in the kitchen. These are:
- 1 teaspoon Smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons Ground Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon Salt
How to Make Meatloaf Seasoning
Putting together spice blends is pretty easy, and it’s a lot of fun once you get into it. It’s so satisfying to have some minute control over how you prepare your food.
To make your spice blend, simply follow the below steps.
- In a small bowl, you’ll want to combine all your spices. You can break down any of the tougher ingredients like the herbs using a mortar and pestle, a spice grinder, or a food processor. Do this until you’ve reached your desired consistency. If your herbs are already ground to a fine powder, you don’t need to do this.
- You either serve the seasoning, apply it to your meatloaf, or store it for later use. Little ziploc bags or empty spice containers are a great way to store your spice mix. Just be sure to label them!
Fortunately, dried spices store really well. Once upon a time, before refrigeration, cured and dried spices would be transported on foot, or by ship, from India and Asia to Europe and beyond. The spice trade was very lucrative, especially in parts of Europe where aromatic spices don’t naturally grow. Today, of course, you can get most spices in your supermarket, but those old-fashioned preservation methods - usually just drying the spice in a ground form before you buy it - still work.
❗You can keep your spices in an airtight container for up to a year. You should keep any containers containing spices in a cool, dry place such as your pantry cabinet. Be sure not to let any moisture get in the container.
If you’ve stored your homemade meatloaf seasoning before use, be sure to give it a good shake and a stir before applying it to your meatloaf.
❗The above quantity of spices should yield enough mix to flavor a two pound meatloaf. You can use more of each spice, in the same ratio, if your meatloaf is heavier and you need to make more.
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