Jun 15

One Good (Meat)Loaf

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If someone had told me a month ago that I would be using my breadmaker practically every day I would have laughed at them. Then I went to the cooking class in L.A., and now I can’t stop! Maybe it’s a phase, but I’m sure having fun. I’m still somewhat of a cooking snob because I really truly would prefer to make everything by hand and use my oven, but I have to admit that using my breadmaker has allowed me to make things on several occasions recently that I otherwise would not have been able to make due to time constraints. Another advantage I’ve found is that the breadmaker gives off little to no heat, which is very appealing during the hot Southern California summer. My most recent breadmaker adventure was another loaf, but not a loaf of bread. I made meatloaf.
This was one of the recipes done at the class in L.A., and probably the one that intrigued me most because I hadn’t thought of using a breadmaker for anything other than bread/dough. I love how easy it is too. Just chop up a few fresh ingredients, mix everything together in a bowl,
press it into the breadmaker pan,
set it to cook for about an hour (adding glaze part of the way through),
and then voila! You pull out a fully cooked meatloaf.
This meatloaf is so good. It’s juicy, dense, and packed with flavor.
I served it with mashed potatoes and corn. It totally hit the spot. This was definitely a comfort food meal.
You could make this same meatloaf in the oven, but I’m curious to see if it would be as juicy as the breadmaker helps to trap in the moisture. If anyone tries it in the oven before I do, let me know how it turns out!

Meatloaf Miracle
Recipe from Zojirushi
For 2 lb. breadmaker

Makes 6-8 servings

1 medium onion, chopped
2 lbs. ground sirloin
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 cup bread crumbs (I used panko instead)
2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. prepared mustard

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except for glaze. Mix well. Remove kneading blades from breadmaker baking pan. Press meat mixture into the baking pan, and set in breadmaker.

2. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients and set aside.

3. Select bake cycle on the breadmaker (do not use preheat, knead, or rise cycles), and set breadmaker to cook for 1:10. Press start.

4. 30 minutes prior to end of baking time, open the lid and pour glaze mixture on top of meatloaf. Close lid and continue baking.

5.Once baking is completed, allow the meatloaf to cool slightly, drain juices, and remove from the baking pan. Slice and serve.

* Don’t forget! You have until this Friday, June 19, 2009, 10:00 PM PST to enter to win a set of my favorite measuring spoons! (Go here for instructions on how to enter).

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess June 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Dude, meatloaf in the breadmaker?! That's awesome!


aofa June 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Ahh! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the hello on Foodbuzz–so glad you've posted this recipe!


Fuji Mama June 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Jess– I know! Life changing isn't it? :-)

aofa– Let me know if you make it!


Christine June 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

0h how neat! Thanks for sharing another way to use my bread maker :)


Chow and Chatter June 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm

how cool to use a breadmaker love it


krismakes June 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm

This is so cool! I only wish I still had my bread maker (not sure where it dissapeared to over the years). I am thinking about getting a new one but my partner is not a fan of breadmaker bread but am thinking that's because he's only had the packet mix type before. Is it still easy to throw together a loaf from scratch for the breadmaker rather than use the mixes? It wouldn't be that many more steps and surely it would taste a lot better?
PS I like the way you comment back on the comments, it makes this blog a very friendly place to visit!


Fuji Mama June 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm

krismakes– It probably takes about two more minutes to make it from scratch, but it is SO worth it! I'm quickly finding also that finding the right recipe also makes a huge difference. I think that's why I didn't use mine for so many years–I wasn't happy with the results. Now that I've got some awesome recipes, my attitude toward the breadmaker has totally changed! Also, you always have the option of just using the dough setting and then throwing the dough into the oven to cook!

I try to reply to comments that ask questions, like yours, so thank you for appreciating it! :-)


K and S June 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm

looks so good! would have never thought the bread machine could do this, though the rice cooker can make bread, so I guess it was inevitable :)


maybelle's mom June 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm

what a very good idea.


domoismyfriend June 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I of course had no idea you could make other foods in a bread machine. I will definitely be trying this recipe out. My mother used to always make meatloaf in the microwave. Ugh. Actually, I had no idea how horrid it was until I made one in the oven! This should be an interesting add to the meatloaf chronicles.


Semsavblanc June 15, 2009 at 8:58 pm

This is making my mouth water! (Weird expression when you type it out..)
I'm going to make this in the oven this week and I'll let you know how it goes. I can't wait!


Nicole (dishin') June 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm

So creative and looks delicious!


Confession Nook June 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

wow..that looks yummy indeed…meat loaf sandwiched in bread with all that sauce…ahh..comfort food!


Fuji Mama June 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Confession Nook– Mmmm, that's one of the things I love best about meat loaf: leftovers so I can have a meat loaf sandwich!


Marisunnychan June 17, 2009 at 9:17 am

thanks for sharing this recipe! I am dying to try it!


diva June 23, 2009 at 11:45 am

whey!!! we love meatloaf :p what a classic. these looks delicious x


HoneyB June 24, 2009 at 7:34 am

Looks awesome and I love that its made in the bread machine!!!


2Lazy2Cook October 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I once used a bread machine like crazy, till the fascination wore off … (sounds familiar, right?) so mine is packed away. However, I wondered if this recipe would work in a slow cooker? It’s an enclosed unit, so the juiciness factor shouldn’t be affected. Thank you for a new recipe ~ I’m always on the lookout for a good meatloaf recipe. :D


sharron June 8, 2014 at 8:12 am

just got my zojiroshi bread maker 2 days ago and could not figure out how to program it for meatloaf . ended up cooking in regular oven.should have shaped it for a large baking dish. it was too big for a loaf pan.overall it was TOO dense and tasteless. after i figure out programs will try again BUT will use 1 package of stove top stuffing mix, instead of bread crumbs, and 1/4 cup of the glaze.OR to original recipe will add 1 tsp. horseradish/soysauce, 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. allspice and 1 tsp. dill weed plus 1/4 of the glaze . either way 4 w.w. pts. sharron


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Janet May 5, 2019 at 4:19 pm

I made meatloaf in my KBS Bread maker, but I did not mix it in a bowl. I just dumped everything into the bread pan with the blade in and let it mix itself on the jam cycle. Then I removed the blade and used the bake setting for 20 minutes. Fastest, easiest, and best meatloaf I’ve ever made. Will never do it any other way.


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