Meatloaf, a classic American comfort food, is a hearty and satisfying dish loved by families across the country. This recipe combines ground meat, spices, and a flavorful glaze to create a tender and flavorful meatloaf that’s perfect for any occasion. Here’s how to make a savory meatloaf that will have everyone asking for seconds.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (you can also use a mixture of beef and pork)
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1. Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, chopped onion, minced garlic, 1/2 cup ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, paprika, parsley, basil, and rosemary. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
3. Shape the Meatloaf:
Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish or shape it into a loaf shape on a baking sheet. Smooth the top to form an even surface.
4. Make the Glaze:
In a small bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup ketchup, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard. This will be the delicious glaze for your meatloaf.
5. Glaze the Meatloaf:
Spread half of the glaze evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
Place the meatloaf in the preheated oven and bake for about 1 hour. The internal temperature should reach 160°F (71°C).
7. Apply the Remaining Glaze:
About 10-15 minutes before the meatloaf is done, remove it from the oven and spread the remaining glaze over the top. This will create a sticky, sweet, and tangy topping.
8. Rest and Slice:
Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and makes slicing easier. Slice the meatloaf into thick, hearty portions.
9. Serve and Enjoy:
Serve your savory meatloaf slices with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, green beans, or a crisp salad.
This classic meatloaf recipe captures the essence of homey, delicious American comfort food. It’s perfect for family dinners or whenever you crave a taste of nostalgia. Enjoy the heartwarming flavors of this homemade meatloaf!