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Meatloaf

How to make the best tender and juicy Meatloaf with a delicious shiny glaze! Cheap, easy and quick to prepare, let the oven do all the work for you!

Look no further for the best Meatloaf recipe because it’s right here! Juicy and flavourful on the inside, with a caramelised shiny glaze on the outside makes this classic Meatloaf a winning centrepiece on any dining table.

The whole family goes crazy over each slice! PLUS… take advantage of leftovers and turn them into the best meatloaf sandwiches!

How to make the best tender and juicy Meatloaf with a delicious shiny glaze! Cheap, easy and quick to prepare, let the oven do all the work for you! The whole family goes crazy over each slice of this meatloaf recipe. PLUS... take advantage of leftovers and turn them into the best meatloaf sandwiches! | cafedelites.com

Meatloaf Recipe

Meat lovers…rejoice! Finally, a meatloaf recipe that is guaranteed to come out perfectly juicy, NOT dry, hard, chewy or tasteless. All dreams come true when slicing into this loaf. What better way to serve a thick slice of Meatloaf than on a pile of creamy mashed potato OR mashed cauliflower for a lower calorie idea!

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Mix any remaining sauce with leftover pan juices, then pour that sacred juicy sauce ALL over your meatloaf!

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How To Make The Best Meatloaf

There are a couple of things we do differently from a usual Meatloaf recipe, which is what makes this meatloaf stand out from the rest:

  1. Instead of using breadcrumbs, we use bread slices soaked in milk which is what guarantees a juicy, tender loaf. You see us use the technique here in our mozzarella meatball recipe.
  2. We sauté onion and garlic together WHILE the bread is soaking to enhance their flavours before mixing them into the meat. Doing this guarantees soft onion pieces with every bite, while infusing the perfect amount of garlic flavour into the meat while baking. You COULD also grate your onion and garlic cloves to save time from sautéing, but we find cooking them yields the best result.
  3. Everything gets mixed together in the same bowl as the soaked bread to minimise clean up.

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Easy Meatloaf Mixture

We add three different ingredients to our meatloaf to add amazing taste:

  • Tomato paste
  • Dijon mustard
  • Parmesan cheese

You can leave them out if you have doubts, but I suggest following this recipe as closely as possible.

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How To Shape Meatloaf

There are a couple of options here. You can either:

  1. Dump your meat mixture onto a baking sheet or oven tray and mould it into a loaf shape yourself, which can take some time to try and achieve even thickness and roundness for even cooking.
  2. Bake it in a loaf pan: If you go this option, beware you may have soggy edges instead of crisp edges as the loaf cooks in its own juices.
  3. Our preferred method: Mould it in a loaf pan, then turn the loaf out onto a broiler pan (oven grill pan). This way guarantees even cooking and crisp edges. Use a drip pan underneath and save all drippings.

Tips and Tricks:

If choosing option 3, be sure not to press the loaf too hard into the base of the pan, or you may have a hard time getting it out intact! Mould it just enough to get its shape, then turn it out. So much easier than shaping it yourself!

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Meatloaf Glaze

This glaze has the perfect tasty balance. Not too sweet, not too tart with an additional hint of garlic. Half is spread over the loaf before baking, and then half of the remaining sauce is added on during baking, saving the rest for serving with over your pile of mash!

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How to make the best tender and juicy Meatloaf with a delicious shiny glaze! Cheap, easy and quick to prepare, let the oven do all the work for you! The whole family goes crazy over each slice of this meatloaf recipe. PLUS... take advantage of leftovers and turn them into the best meatloaf sandwiches! | cafedelites.com

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Meatloaf

How to make the best tender and juicy Meatloaf with a delicious shiny glaze! Cheap, easy and quick to prepare, let the oven do all the work for you! The whole family goes crazy over each slice of this meatloaf recipe. PLUS… take advantage of leftovers and turn them into the best meatloaf sandwiches!

Course:

Dinner

Cuisine:

American, Australian

Keyword:

Meatloaf

Servings: 10 people

Calories: 329 kcal

Author: Karina

Ingredients

Meatloaf:

  • 4
    slices
    bread,
    ripped up into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2
    cup
    milk
  • 1
    tablespoon
    olive oil
  • 1
    onion,
    finely chopped
  • 4
    cloves
    garlic,
    minced
  • 2
    pounds
    (1 kg) ground beef mince
    (regular or lean)
  • 1
    cup
    shredded parmesan cheese
    (please use fresh)
  • 2
    large
    eggs
  • ¼
    cup
    parsley,
    chopped
  • 3
    level tablespoons
    tomato paste
  • 2
    tablespoons
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1
    tablespoon
    Dijon mustard
  • 1
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    pepper

Glaze:

  • 3/4
    cup
    ketchup

    (Australian tomato sauce)
  • 2
    tablespoons
    tomato paste
  • 2
    tablespoons
    light brown sugar,
    packed
  • 4
    tablespoons
    cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1
    teaspoon
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1
    teaspoon
    each garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (or 200°C).  Lightly grease a broiler pan (oven grill pan), or regular baking sheet.

  2. In a large bowl, soak bread slices in the milk, pressing them down with your fingers. Allow to soak while sautéing the onion.

  3. Heat the oil in a small pan over medium heat and sauté the onion until soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and sauté for a further 30 seconds until fragrant. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.

  4. Mash the soaked bread with a fork to break up large pieces. Add in the onion/garlic, beef, parmesan, eggs, parsley, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until everything is just combined (try not to over-mix).

  5. Scoop meat mixture into a loaf pan, pressing down lightly to form into a loaf shape. Turn out onto prepared tray.

  6. In a smaller bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the glaze. Spread half of the sauce evenly over the top; reserve the renaming sauce for later.

  7. Bake the meatloaf for 50 minutes, then spread half of the remaining sauce over the top. Return to the oven and bake for a further 20 minutes.

  8. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Mix any pan juices with the remaining sauce to serve!

  9. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes/cauliflower and/or steamed vegetables.

Recipe Notes

ORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 27, 2018.

Nutrition Facts

Meatloaf

Amount Per Serving

Calories 329
Calories from Fat 189

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21g
32%

Saturated Fat 9g
45%

Cholesterol 109mg
36%

Sodium 217mg
9%

Potassium 106mg
3%

Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%

Sugars 5g

Protein 22g
44%

Vitamin A
6.5%

Vitamin C
5.2%

Calcium
18.3%

Iron
16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.