MeatloafI always soak the bread....sometimes with milk and sometimes with just water. One thing I learned from my son, who cooks his own meals....Have you ever tried mixing the meatloaf (or meatballs) with your stand mixer, using the paddle attachment?
I hate the feel of mixing the meat and ingredients with my hands, so I use my KitchenAid with paddle attachment. I find that mixing by hand does something to make the finished product dense and packed down and tough! So, I use my stand mixer....No matter what your particular recipe is, mixing with the stand mixer and paddle makes for a lighter, more tasty end result. Also, when forming your loaf, don't be heavy-handed and pack down too firmly. :lips: