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Meatloaf 101 with Mrs. Kostyra

Nothing says home cooking like meatloaf, all the better when it's an old family recipe, like this one.

  • Servings: 10
Meatloaf 101 with Mrs. Kostyra

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television

Ingredients

  • 4 slices white bread, torn into pieces
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place bread in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade; pulse until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a medium bowl, and add ground beef.

  2. Place onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and parsley in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade; pulse until fine. Add to meat mixture, using hands to mix well. Add egg, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 teaspoons dry mustard, salt, and pepper; use hands to combine thoroughly. Place in an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pan.

  3. Combine remaining 1/2 cup ketchup, remaining teaspoon dry mustard, and brown sugar in a bowl; stir until smooth.

  4. Brush mixture over meatloaf; place in the oven with a baking pan set on the rack below to catch drippings. Cook until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reads 160 degrees, about 90 minutes. If top gets too dark, cover with foil, and continue baking.

Cook's Note

Many recipes use only beef, but you can add veal and pork for a more tender loaf. Use an ample amount of breadcrumbs to prevent it from becoming too dense. Add finely chopped vegetables to lighten the texture and add flavor; try a combination of garlic, onions, carrots, celery, and parsley. Many recipes also call for ketchup, which lends a sweet and tangy taste to the finished meatloaf.

Reviews (30)

  • Couzintka 23 Feb, 2013

    Thanks Martha.
    Same as you...keeping mom in thoughts and feelings.
    This recipe...made 1st time exactly. To me and my hubbie...too dry.
    Made second time w equal pork and veal. (per your site note). Moist and great for leftover sandwiches the nest day.

    Martha...sincere appreciation.

  • Mackley 9 Feb, 2013

    Best meatloaf E.V.E.R. My son loves it, my friends' and their kids request for it all the time. Flavourful, chockful of vegetables, easy, moist....what's there not to like. Thank you.

  • bora555 24 Jan, 2013

    This is the best meatloaf ever! I have a friend who knicknamed it "Meat Candy" due to the wonderful glaze that carmelizes on the top edges. It is so good I always make 2 - heating the oven afterall there is room for 2- the second one is used in the best meatloaf sandwiches- don't change a thing it is perfect as is.

  • mizmbp 2 May, 2011

    I did what happened to my review?

  • binkjo 16 Nov, 2010

    I love this recipe! I usually make it with italian bread crumbs and then cut back on the salt. I also use very low fat meat because adding all those veggies allow the meatloaf to stay super moist.

  • cinnamonbear 8 Aug, 2010

    I love this recipe. The only thing I would change is the salt. I would cut back on it. Otherwise yum, it is good.

  • JudyBlue97045 4 May, 2010

    The best meatloaf ever! Try it! You won't be disappointed!

  • Harrietsegal 10 Feb, 2009

    great

  • Harrietsegal 10 Feb, 2009

    Great recipe!!! I first tried it with all beef and then decided to try it with 1/2 minced chicken and 1/2 minced turkey for a healthier version came out tender and yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • karensis 6 Apr, 2008

    Great recipe! Making in smaller pans and freezing great for those nights I want a quick meal! My father-in-law who is 89 and lives on his own loves when I bring him his own meatloaf. Great comfort food!

  • luvmyrascals 7 Mar, 2008

    This is the best meatloaf I have ever eaten! You will not be disappointed with this recipe!

  • 1gudcheesecake 20 Feb, 2008

    this by far is the best meatloaf . Ive recommended this to friends and family and cannot believe how pefect this comes out time and time again..

  • mejan 11 Feb, 2008

    The best meatloaf EVER! I do not like ground beef, or meatloaf -- my husband made this for dinner last night, and it was delicious!

  • alexis0012 2 Feb, 2008

    i am not a huge fan of meatloaf, but after this recipe I'm a huge fan. Next time around I think I will go lighter on the salt, 1 tablespoon was just a little too much. I also used a heaping 1/2 cup of oatmeal instead of the 4 slices of bread and it came out perfect.

  • luckymom 20 Jan, 2008

    This meatloaf is the best! I was so tired of finding recipes with no veggies other than onion or onion soup mix. So delish for leftovers the next day too!

  • sallylivoti 20 Dec, 2007

    You have joined a very sad club. Those of us who have lost our Mothers. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing your Mother's wisdom, recipes, and philosophy with all of us. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to her life.

  • Bubblesyvonne 20 Dec, 2007

    So terribly sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. I know how much you'll miss her Martha. You never forget a Mother. I love your show Martha and was always thinking of you during your troubled time. You have made everyone forget that ever happened and I hope you will be on T.V. for a long time. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Yvonne Hiscoe, 21 Oakview Avenue, Nepean, ON Canada

  • kimmykay 19 Dec, 2007

    Martha, My condolences as I just learned of your mother's passing last week. To honor her, I've already made two of her recipes this week

  • MizMaryMc 18 Dec, 2007

    I don't know what I did wrong. I had to cook this for an additional 40 minutes just to reach 160 degrees, and still ended up with a goopy meat mush, not a meatloaf and nothing like the one in the video! I used 2 onions as it states in the video

  • angblaszak 18 Dec, 2007

    Martha,
    How proud your mother must be! What an amazing tribute and commentary on your love for one another. This is THE best meatloaf, I love it. You are a living legacy to your mother and your family. You handled yourself with such grace- I could only imagine how much you miss your mother. Merry Christmas.

  • paulinaw 17 Dec, 2007

    This is the only meatloaf I make. I love it and so does my family. It was wonderful watching your mom on the show.

  • eldica 23 Nov, 2007

    Martha your mom meatloaf is one of my favorites. I would look forward to watching you and your mother cooking together, she will be truely missed. Sylvia

  • GayleR 23 Nov, 2007

    Martha, thank you for sharing your mother with us all. We miss her so I can only imagine what her loss will mean for you and your family and her friends. Her name will always be synonymous with "meatloaf" and so many other wonderful foods. When I announce I'm making a meatloaf, it's only hers.

  • Jessieal3 23 Nov, 2007

    Dear Martha:

    I always enjoyed the television segments when your mom appeard. I have just viewed your tribute to her on my P.C. I was so happy to see it, as I missed your live TV show that day. It tmoved me to tears. She was a wonderful, caring person. Thanks for sharing us with her.

    Jessie

  • Yorkie7 22 Nov, 2007

    Martha, your sweet Mom's reciipe for this delicious meatloaf was our favorite the first time it aired! My husband LOVES this recipe and so do I. It is moist and the ketchup-brown sugar topping is yummy!
    IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES! Thanks Big Martha! You were the best!

  • rmkc411 21 Nov, 2007

    Dear Martha, God bless you and your family. Your mother was an inspiration. She was lovely with a sharing spirit.
    Our condolences,
    Marit

  • WoodlandSpirit 19 Nov, 2007

    Dear Martha, This year (following my recent move a week ago to Northeast Harbor), instead of fixing a turkey dinner for just myself (I'm just a single guy who is sometimes "culinary challenged"), I will be making your Mother's "Meatloaf 101" (for the first time) so to celebrate and honor her wonderful memory ... and to give thanks for all the "Good Things" which you, your Mother and your wonderful staff have shared with all of us over these many years. "Happy Thanksgiving!" 7:^) Warmest best wishes, Bill

  • WoodlandSpirit 19 Nov, 2007

    Dear Martha, This year (following my recent move a week ago to Northeast Harbor), instead of fixing a turkey dinner for just myself (I'm just a single guy who is sometimes "culinary challenged"), I will be making your Mother's "Meatloaf 101" (for the first time) so to celebrate and honor her wonderful memory ... and to give thanks for all the "Good Things" which you, your Mother and your wonderful staff have shared with all of us over these many years. "Happy Thanksgiving!" 7:^) Warmest best wishes, Bill

  • MarthaStewartClub 19 Nov, 2007

    My Mom and I have made this recipe several times and we like it very much. It is a wonderful tasting meatloaf yummers!

  • pierce 9 Nov, 2007

    the best meatloaf i've ever made--no one liked my old way of making meatloaf

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