The Very Best Glazed Meatloaf Recipe PRINT
- YIELD: 8 servings
- PREP TIME: 30 min
- COOK TIME: 45 min
This my family’s favorite meatloaf recipe, of all time! What makes this taste so good is a combination of beef, veal and pork— pricier, but it doesn’t taste like a giant hamburger! Fresh marjoram and spices, hot sauce and herbs, and a fantastic glaze makes this so good— you really don’t need gravy. I also share a glazed carrots that makes this a “Retro Blue Plate Special”. Too see how I make this, please visit my foodblog (link provided under “Source Info”.
|1||Tbs olive oil|
|1½||cups onion, chopped|
|3||garlic cloves, minced|
|2||tsp dijon mustard|
|1||tsp hot sauce|
|1½||tsp fresh marjoram, or ½ teaspoon dried, crumbled|
|1½||tsp fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried, crumbled|
|salt and freshly ground pepper|
|½||lb veal (optional. Use half pork and beef if you can't find ground veal or don't buy veal)|
|½||lb pork, twice-ground|
|1½||cups fresh bread crumbs|
|¼||cup fresh parsley, minced|
|¼||cup light brown sugar|
|1½||Tbs cider vinegar|
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2 In a skillet over moderate heat, add the oil. Heat the oil until hot, but not smoking. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
3 In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, mustard, and hot sauce together. Add marjoram, thyme, salt, and pepper.In a large mixing bowl, combine the meats, egg-milk mixture, bread crumbs, parsley, and the cooked onion mixture.
4 In a small bowl stir together ketchup, sugar, and vinegar. Set aside.
5 Form 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture into a small patty, add it to a small oiled skillet, and cook until no longer pink. Taste for seasoning and adjust.
6 Transfer meat mixture to an oiled loaf pan.* *NOTE: The best way to make the meatloaf is to use a baking sheet, lined with foil. Place a cooling rack on top. Cut a piece of foil to be larger than a the loaf— and shape the meat into a loaf. Using a metal skewer, poke holes along the foil…usually every other hole.
Place the shaped loaf on top of the foil. I prefer this method, as the loaf is less likely to “steam” in a loaf pan. You can also glaze all around the meatloaf, which is even better!
Brush meat with ketchup glaze.Bake in oven for about 45 minutes, until glaze has set.
7 Brush meat loaf with remaining glaze and bake for 15 minutes more; glaze again.
My oven takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the desired doneness. Times do vary, so allow for that!
8 Internal temperature of loaf should be 160 degrees F.
NOTE: Sometimes, I freeze half of the mixture in a plastic lined loaf pan. Once it’s frozen, I remove the loaf and place it in a zip-loc bag, and the loaf is perfectly shaped. When ready to prepare, thaw in the refrigerator, make the glaze and bake as directed.
WITH THE OTHER HALF: I shape individual meat loafs, and bake as directed for 20 minutes. This speeds up the time, quite a bit.