Thus, I set out to find a delicious meatloaf recipe — one that even I could enjoy despite the fact that I've never craved meat in loaf form. It just doesn't sound tasty to me. I promise, however, that this recipe will not disappoint! And better yet, the recipe makes about 6 servings, so I split it into two loaves and pop one or both in the freezer...which means easy and delicious weeknight dinner!
This recipe is from Sara Moulten (she used to be on the Food Network) — I tried to find the recipe online but couldn't find the same one. I made some adjustments to the original recipe and included them in my version below.
Meatloaf Recipe (about 6 servings)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. hot sauce (use more if you like a little zip!)
1 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
Salt & pepper
1 lb. ground beef (as lean as possible)
1/2 lb. ground veal
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat oil in a skillet. Add onions and garlic and cook (sweat, don't brown) until softened (about 5 minutes). Set aside to cool.
- In a bowl, whisk eggs, milk, mustard, and hot sauce together. Add thyme and some salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine meats, egg mixture, bread crumbs, parsley, and cooked onion mixture. Mix with your hands (it really is the best way to do it) until blended. Be sure not to over-mix, which might make the meat tough.
- Use cooking spray on your loaf pan(s) and divide the meat between them if you're using more than one. In a small bowl, make glaze by combining ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Brush half of the glaze onto meatloaf.
- Bake in oven for 45 minutes. Brush loaf again with remaining glaze, and bake for 15 minutes more to 165 degrees.