I'm very new to cooking and honestly don't enjoy it all that much, but I am trying to expand my skills beyond very simple foods like tuna helper and chicken, so I thought I would try making a meat loaf as the next step.
However, since I've never made one before, I'm not really sure what I should be looking for in a recipe, or if there's anything I need to know about the preparation that might not be mentioned in a recipe. I'm wondering about things like:
- Does it matter what type of meat I use?
- How do I control how heavy/dense it is?
- How can I make sure that it doesn't fall apart?
- What oven setting should I use so that it cooks all the way through but doesn't burn the outside?
Any other useful tips would also be helpful.