The only thing better than a hearty meatloaf dinner is the sandwich you can make with the leftovers.

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Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove crusts from bread, and place slices in the bowl of a food processor. Process until fine crumbs form, about 10 seconds. Transfer breadcrumbs to a large mixing bowl. Do not substitute dried breadcrumbs in this step, as they will make your meatloaf rubbery.

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  • Place carrot, celery, yellow onion, garlic, and parsley in the bowl of the food processor. Process until vegetables have been minced, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. (Chopping vegetables this way saves time and ensures that vegetables will be small enough to cook through and not be crunchy). Transfer vegetables to bowl with the breadcrumbs.

  • Add 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 teaspoons dry mustard, pork, veal, beef, eggs, salt, pepper, Tabasco, and rosemary. Using your hands, knead the ingredients until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. The texture should be wet, but tight enough to hold a free-form shape.

  • Set a wire baking rack into an 11-by-17-inch baking pan. Cut a 5-by-11-inch piece of parchment paper, and place over center of rack to prevent meat loaf from falling through. Using your hands, form an elongated loaf covering the parchment.

  • Place the remaining 3 tablespoons ketchup, remaining 2 1/2 teaspoons mustard, and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Using a pastry brush, generously brush the glaze over loaf. Place oil in a medium saucepan set over high heat. When oil is smoking, add red onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and golden in places. Add 3 tablespoons water, and cook, stirring, until most of the water has evaporated. Transfer onion to a bowl to cool slightly, then sprinkle onion over the meatloaf.

  • Bake 30 minutes, then sprinkle rosemary needles on top. Continue baking loaf until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf registers 160 degrees. about 25 minutes more. Let meatloaf cool on rack, 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Be careful not to overknead the meatloaf ingredients; doing so will result in a heavy and dense loaf.

Reviews (14)

106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 4.0 stars
09/29/2020
Very good flavor, but it crumbles into a mess every time I cut into it. HELP!
Rating: 1 stars
11/04/2017
I liked it but am having problems with the stars, lol
Rating: Unrated
04/20/2015
Video shows Martha and her mother, Big Martha, making Mrs. Kostyra's Meatloaf (not All-American Meatloaf). Recipe posted here: http://ow.ly/LR6IT. Sorry for the confusion!
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Rating: Unrated
04/19/2015
Why are the written instructions completely different from the video? Martha's mother said oven at 375° in the video; the written says 400°. Video calls for 2lbs of meat; instructions call for 1-1/2 lbs. Video uses a loaf pan; written says free form on a baking rack. Lots of differences between the video and the written. I notice this with many of her recipes between the video and the written instructions.
Rating: Unrated
11/08/2014
This is absolutely the best meatloaf I've ever made. However, every time I've made it, the loaf falls apart once I cut into it (and I even wait 15-20 min before cutting). I follow the recipe exactly, which is why its so frustrating. Does anyone have suggestions?
Rating: Unrated
02/15/2012
I LOVE this meatloaf... classic, moist & flavorful + quick and very easy! My kids say the glaze is the best part!!!
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Rating: Unrated
10/30/2011
All-Canadian Meatloaf: as above, using equal parts beaver, polar bear and elk meat (available premixed on the Hudson Bay Co. website.) Also, substitute fiddlehead greens for the rosemary.
Rating: Unrated
04/16/2010
I've been making this one for years and it never disappoints. The red onions are the best touch! MUST TRY!!
Rating: Unrated
03/16/2010
I love this meatloaf!!! If you want an All Australian Meatloaf you can exchange the pork to ground kangaroo meat!!
Rating: Unrated
02/23/2009
This is definitely a favorite- and absolutely sure to turn any Meatloaf-hater around! I omit the rosemary
Rating: Unrated
01/06/2009
my family loved it.I am making it again tonight
Rating: Unrated
09/08/2008
did anyone else think it was too salty? i used kosher salt
Rating: Unrated
09/08/2008
did anyone else think it was too salty? i used kosher salt
Rating: Unrated
01/06/2008
This recipe was given to me from my sister who's husband (and family) absolutly love. First time I made it my husband said it is now one of his favorites. My other sister made this and her husband had her make it the next week because he liked it so much. All time family favorite, takes a little time to make but well worth it. Have made it with lean ground turkey and is almost as tasty (a little dry).
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2007
This meatloaf is a real favorite in our family. I've been using this recipe since it first appeared and it's delicious and tender. However, I use the crusts on the bread, too, and when I buy the meats, I make up a "Meatloaf Mix" which is divided into indiviidual meal packages and frozen.