Classic Meat Loaf

Not your average blue-plate special, this recipe brings three ground meats together with a sweet-and-sour glaze to form a tender and moist mealtime favorite.

  • Servings: 8
  • Yield:
Classic Meat Loaf

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2010

Ingredients

  • 3 thick slices white bread, torn into large pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 12 ounces ground beef chuck (90 percent lean), preferably pasture-raised
  • 12 ounces ground pork, preferably pasture-raised
  • 12 ounces ground veal, preferably milk-fed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse bread in a food processor until finely ground. (You should have about 2 1/2 cups breadcrumbs.) Transfer to a medium bowl.

  2. Pulse garlic, onion, celery, carrot, and parsley in food processor until finely chopped. Add to breadcrumbs. Add meats, egg, 1/4 cup ketchup, the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; mix together using your hands. Transfer mixture to a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan.

  3. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup ketchup and the brown sugar until smooth; brush onto meat. Set pan on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reaches 160 degrees, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Let cool slightly.

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