Use a combination of meat for perfect meatloaf: beef for flavor, veal for tenderness and easy slicing, pork for juiciness.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse bread until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a medium bowl; add ground beef and ground pork.

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  • Place onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and parsley in food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add to beef mixture; combine using your hands. Add egg, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 teaspoons dry mustard, salt, and pepper; combine thoroughly, using your hands. Place in an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pan.

  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup ketchup and 2 teaspoons dry mustard, and the brown sugar; stir until smooth.

  • Brush mixture over top of the meatloaf. Place the pan on a baking sheet to catch drippings, and transfer to oven. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reaches 160 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours. (If the top of the meatloaf gets too dark, cover with foil and continue baking.) Let meatloaf stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Reviews (17)

68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2019
I’ve made this so many times, have the cookbook! It’s simply wonderful.
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2017
BEST recipe for meatloaf ever!
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01/09/2012
I didn't process the veggies to a fine dice/proto-puree, I chopped them finely but found they weren't quite cooked when the meat was done - so then I sauteed the veggie mixture before adding to the beef, and that worked just fine. Also - for those of us that are not fans of ketchup, I used HP sauce (in US something like A1) and/or a mixture of HP and Worcester.
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03/10/2010
Have used this recipe many times. Once I accidently bought ground bison instead of veal so I used it instead. It still came out delicious!
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09/07/2008
Very yummy. I added the following variations: crunched crackers instead of bread, 1/4 cup of parmesean cheese, 1/4 cup of milk, and celery salt instead of celery. The ketchup and brown sugar topping can get burnt in the oven, so keep an eye on it!
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02/10/2008
I'm trying out meat loaf recipes for a "take comfort" party I'm hosting. This one did not make the cut. Too dry and dense for my tastes.
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02/08/2008
Sweetiepie8, so sorry. I just now saw your question. Potlady is correct, 1 1/2 lbs beef, 1/2 lb veal, 1/2 lb pork. Let us know how it turns out! ; )
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02/08/2008
Sweetiepie8, so sorry. I just now saw your question. Potlady is correct, 1 1/2 lbs beef, 1/2 lb veal, 1/2 lb pork. Let us know how it turns out! ; )
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02/08/2008
Sweetiepie8, so sorry. I just now saw your question. Potlady is correct, 1 1/2 lbs beef, 1/2 lb veal, 1/2 lb pork. Let us know how it turns out! ; )
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02/06/2008
Thank You for this reciepe. I am making it tonight, I will let you know what I think. Thanks Again, Carla@vegas
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01/25/2008
Best meatloaf I have ever made. Very tasty, and it was enough for us to get 2 meatloafs out of it, so we froze one for later.
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01/25/2008
To include veal, use this mixture: 1 1/2 lbs beef, 1/2 lb veal, 1/2 lb pork.
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01/25/2008
Have made this recipe many times, it's one of the best meatloafs ever. Also healthy w/the chopped veggies
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01/25/2008
jerrypwjr - so you have made this - is there veal in it like mentioned in the prelude? if so how much? thanks
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01/24/2008
Looks like a great recipe, but where is the VEAL that is mentioned? How much veal should you use? Thanks!
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01/20/2008
This recipe is just like meatloaf my mom used to make. It is simple and delicious!!
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01/10/2008
I have used this same recipe of Martha's for over a year now and made this meat loaf several times. Each time it comes out delicious. The only problem is that everyone eats it all up and there are no leftovers!