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

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television



Cook's Notes

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.

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  • kelliq81
    9 AUG, 2018
    I remember when they first made this on the daytime network show. We were in Dallas. I went right out to Market Street to get the ingredients. Those were the days. Anyway, I'm almost certain they used beef, lamb, and pork, which is how I make it. One thing I have learned is I'll do the carrots separately in the food processor otherwise it won't chop us properly. One recipe makes two loaf pans for me. This recipe is beloved. It's the only meatloaf recipe I make and everyone who tries it loves it. Making it for a friend who is going through chemo. I hope she can eat it, but I know her family will enjoy it.
  • 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.
  • MS11665903
    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.
  • MS12206034
    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
  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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