Meatloaf is a beautifully flexible and unfussy dish. Nobody is going to send meatloaf back because you used a slightly different type of ground beef. So, while cubed steak isn't the traditional cut to use in meatloaf, it can work just fine. Cubed steak also tends to be less expensive than other premium cuts, making it a useful, tasty and inexpensive way to create a classic family treat.
Cooking With Cubed
Cube or cubed steak usually comes from a tough beef cut known as the round. It's then pounded using a meat tenderizer -- a type of mallet with sharp metal teeth to work the meat. This creates a dimpled effect on the piece of meat. At first glance, it may even look like ground beef. But in this state, the cubed steak won't work in a meatloaf. It needs to be ground up further and combined with other moist ingredients.
Get Ready to Grind
You'll need a meat grinder to make cubed steak ready to add to a meatloaf recipe. Meatloaf needs to stick together to create the classic loaf shape. Chunky or roughly diced cubed steak will fall apart. Run the cubed steak through a grinder to create ground beef. Alternatively, add small amounts at a time to a food processor and blitz until ground. Each 1 pound of ground meat should be enough to serve three to four people.
Mix Until Moist
Once ground, you can combine cubed steak with other meatloaf ingredients. Traditional ingredients include eggs, sausage meat, chopped onion, garlic, seasonings, spices, mustard and breadcrumbs. If the mixture appears too dry or crumbly, you may need extra egg or sausage meat to bind it together. If the mix gets too wet, add more breadcrumbs.
Loving the Loaf
The "loaf" part of meatloaf comes from pressing the mixture into a loaf pan. To cook, it will need around 30 to 40 minutes in an oven set to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. As will all ground beef, the internal temperature of meatloaf should reach 160 F before serving. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
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