Made Me Love Meatloaf Recipe

I feel like meatloaf is a staple in southern homes, but it’s never been something that I cared for all that much. I’ve tried a few recipes in the past that were okay, but I had pretty much written it off until now. I was once again watching Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network and she made this meatloaf recipe and made it look so darn delectable that I decided to give it another try.

I’m so glad I did, because this is the best meatloaf I have ever had! The meat was very tender and juicy, and the recipe itself is quite simple which is a bonus. She revealed in her show that a common mistake with meatloaf is mashing the loaf too densely, which messes up the texture. I had always seen meatloaf done in bread pans, but she used a cookie sheet instead.

When I cooked it I halved the recipe and it turned out just fine. I have to admit that the only reason I halved it was because I didn’t read the recipe and only thawed one pound of ground beef…Whoops. Thankfully it was still amazing and the only problem I ran into was that I baked it a little too done (170 F) but it was still tender and juicy.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or broth (I use chicken broth granules)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 325 F.


Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet or regular medium sized skillet. Add onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes until onions are translucent.

Off the heat, add the Worcestershire, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs. Mix lightly with a fork. Don’t mash or the meat will be dense.

Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Do not pack densely or the texture and flavor will be off. Spread the ketchup on top.

Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the internal temperature is 160 F and the meatloaf is cooked through.


Tip: I placed a pan of  hot water in the oven under the meatloaf to keep the top from cracking, per Ina Gartens suggestion on the show.


Serve hot and enjoy! The leftovers are also just as delicious!

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