Meatloaf – THE Recipe


Meatloaf – THE Recipe

Meatloaf belongs in the repertoire of any cook and if you’re going to make one, why not make the best! What makes a great meatloaf? I’m glad you asked and it’s a combination of flavor, texture and appearance.

We begin with a classic mix of beef, veal and pork, then season it well for maximum flavor. The onion is a little chunky and that adds flavor and texture to this medium dense loaf. Then we top it off with a tangy, tasty glaze like the cherry on a sundae.

This meatloaf has it all, wrapped in a fool-proof package of instructions. It makes a terrific main course aaand it makes a fabulous meatloaf burger using leftovers.

Wait, who am I kidding? There won’t be any leftovers, so do as I do and make two meatloaf at the same time!

I have one bit of advice before you make your next meatloaf. Never mutilate one again removing it from the pan. Buy a pan like this for easy removal and to slice easier than pie. Enjoy!

Meatloaf pan

  • Author: TJ


  • 1/3 pound each ground pork, ground veal and 93% fat free ground beef
  • 11/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion – diced
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 extra large egg + 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 3 TBL ketchup
  • 11/2 TBL worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp dried parsley
  • 11/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves – ground with a micro-plane
  • 11/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Sugared Ketchup Glaze:
  • 6 TBL ketchup
  • 3 TBL packed brown sugar
  • 11/2 TBL red wine vinegar


Meats dry ingredients


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Whisk together the breadcrumbs, dried parsley, salt, black pepper and smoked paprika
  3. In a separate bowl beat the egg and extra yolk lightly and whisk in the milk, worcestershire sauce, 3 TBL ketchup and micro-planed garlic
  4. Knead together the meats in a large bowl until evenly mixed
  5. Add the egg mixture and mix again until evenly mixed
  6. Add the bread crumb mixture 1/3 at a time and again mix until it is combined
  7. Mix until you have a homogenous loaf. The longer you mix the more dense it will become
  8. Transfer to a loaf pan and press it in evenly and firmly
  9. Whisk the glaze topping together and cover the meatloaf evenly with a spatula
  10. Bake uncovered for 60 minutes
  11. Remove and let it rest for 10 minutes minimum so it won’t fall apart
  12. Use a knife to separate the meatloaf from the sides of the pan if necessary and lift it out with the nifty handles on each end!
  13. Slice and serve

mixed loaf meatloaf in the pan

Meatloaf 3 sliced meatloaf