The Secret to a Classic Meatloaf Recipe

  • Published on:  10/7/2013
  • Watch as Better Homes and Gardens shows you how to make meatloaf the classic way! When you're in the mood for a homestyle meal that reminds you of your childhood, homemade meatloaf with a tangy sauce is a perfect fit. This veggie-packed meatloaf recipe will be a welcome addition to your weekly dinner repertoire. With that being said, there are quite a few veggies to cut and prepare. Finely chop 1/2 cup of fresh mushrooms and 1/3 cup of a small onion. Shred one medium peeled carrot until you have 1/2 cup of grated carrots. Mince two cloves of fresh garlic, and you're ready to dive into this simple meatloaf recipe. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a rectangular baking dish with foil. Over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet and add the mushrooms, onions, carrots, and garlic to kick off this recipe for meatloaf. Cook the veggies until they're tender after four to five minutes and remove the skillet from the heat. Crack two eggs into a bowl and beat them lightly, adding to them 1 cup of soft bread crumbs, the cooked vegetables, 1/4 cup of milk, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of Dijon style mustard, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Mix this all together, then add 1 pound of ground beef chuck and 1 pound of ground beef sirloin to bring your classic meatloaf recipe to life. Mix again until everything is just combined, taking care not to overwork the meat for a tender meatloaf. Transfer the meatloaf to the baking dish and work it into a rectangular loaf that's 9 inches long and 5 inches wide. Bake for 35 minutes, and while that's browning up, let's make the meatloaf glaze. To 1/2 cup of ketchup, add 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of Dijon style mustard. Stir until everything is combined to create a sweet glaze that's sure to stand out. After the meatloaf has cooked for 35 minutes, spoon the glaze over it and return to the oven for another 25 minutes. When this easy meatloaf has an internal temperature of 160 degrees, it's ready to be eaten. Serve up this classic meatloaf recipe for a scrumptious family dinner. If you happen to have any leftovers, this meatloaf will make a wonderful sandwich for lunch tomorrow!

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