What can I substitute for bread crumbs in meat loaf??

I want to make meat loaf but I don't have any bread crumbs and I'm not sure what I could substitute for the bread crumbs.

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Monita
Monita September 12, 2014

You can make bread crumbs if you have any bread. Place slices in an 250 degree oven to dry it out and then food process. Or you can use matza meal, panko or even flour as a binder

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Uncle Charley
Uncle Charley September 29, 2014

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Uncle Charley September 29, 2014

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Emily
Emily September 12, 2014

Use oatmeal - regular, classic Quaker is what I've always used. Add 3/4c oatmeal to 1-1 1/2 lbs ground meat.

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Susan W
Susan W September 12, 2014

Also..lots of recipes call for milk soaked bread.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx September 12, 2014

If you have crackers, blitz them in the in food processor.

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savorthis
savorthis September 15, 2014

Yes! My favorite meatloaf is from Cooks Illustrated (doesn't hurt to be slathered in ketchup sauce and wrapped in bacon) and they use saltines.

Nancy
Nancy September 12, 2014

cooked rice or orzo (tiny pasta that looks like rice).

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davidpdx
davidpdx September 12, 2014

Unsweetened cereal: corn flakes, wheat flakes.

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Susan W
Susan W September 12, 2014

If you are trying to avoid wheat and other grains, paleo types use ground almonds.

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mainesoul
mainesoul September 15, 2014

I always use oatmeal in meatloaf. It is much healthier than most fillers and gives the meatloaf a nice texture.

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SKK
SKK September 15, 2014

Julia Childs recipe, which I adore, calls for cooked rice rather than breadcrumbs.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith September 15, 2014

I've seen a lot of recipes with oatmeal. But I wonder if quinoa would work too?

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ChefJune
ChefJune September 16, 2014

I prefer milk soaked bread in meat loaf to any alternative filler. That's probably because my mom's excellent meat loaves were always made that way. (Just as I also prefer it to have a tomato flavor rather than a "mushroom soup" flavor.) My Jewish grandma always used matzo meal for everything.

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gratifi kitchen + bar
gratifi kitchen + bar September 16, 2014

Oats! We grind them up first and use in all of our recipes instead of bread crumbs. Added bonus - gluten free.

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AKOS
AKOS September 16, 2014

Cooked quinoa works really well, but add extra liquid (ketchup/sauce et al.) or use a higher fat meat as the quinoa can soak up a lot of the juiciness.

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Patti in Mississippi
Patti in Mississippi September 16, 2014

Always use oats in it. Glaze with balsamic vinegar too!

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Michele
Michele September 17, 2014

Panko has worked for me in desperation.

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Craig Riibe
Craig Riibe July 21, 2017

I'm add rice an stuffing to my meatloaf.

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby July 21, 2017

I made meatloaf earlier this week using two slices of sour dough bread ripped into pieces. It was delicious!

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