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Can I use instant potato flakes as a substitute for bread crumbs in meatloaf?
Recipes & Food / 12:50 PM - Tuesday May 25, 2010

Can I use instant potato flakes as a substitute for bread crumbs in meatloaf?

- Asked by kmginn, A Single Gal, Female, 46-55

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We here at GH have never tested a meat loaf using dehydrated potato flakes as a binder.  It might be a good idea to contact an instant mashed potato company directly to get their take on the idea. Idahoan is a good place to start. Best of luck to you!

- Response by ghresearchinstitute1900, A DIY Expert, Female, 46-55, New York

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I'm wouldn't. I haven't tried it, but it doesn't sound like it would work in place of the bread crumbs.

I've had good luck using oatmeal.

- Response by piscesrising, Female, Who Cares?, Boston, Internet / New Media

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I don't see why not.

Adding break crumbs to the ground meats in meatloaf is strictly to add starches that thicken up the loaf. By adding potato flakes you're still adding the starches. You're just trading one starch for another. Also, if you use a flavored instant flakes, like a 4-cheese potato flakes, you're also adding additional flavors.


- Response by doom2ruler, A Guy Critical, Male, 29-35, Technical

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maybe if you toast them first... or maybe you won't need to. come to think of it, i think it would work. give it a shot. that's the great thing about cooking. experimenting with food is fun and the worst that can happen is you waste a little food. not the end of the world.

- Response by guy5432, A Mr. Married Guy, Male, 36-45, New York, Who Cares?

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....good question.

I'll be kinda anxious to see what people say about this, myself.

- Response by nameacarl, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, Who Cares?, Oostende, Self-Employed

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Yes, and it"s also a great thickener for stew.

- Response by blakefan77, Female, 29-35

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You can use pea gravel if you want, but I wouldn't recommend it...

Potato flakes will just dissolve and weaken the favor; I put rolled oats in the coffee grinder and break them down pretty fine and use that. :)

- Response by stillagoodguy1, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 56-65, Political / Government

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You could .. that would probably make the meatloaf moister.

- Response by mrscleaver16, Female, 66 or older

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I'm sure they would work, but you will have to experiment on the quantity.

- Response by greenwind, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 56-65, Construction

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