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Classic Meat Loaf

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 40 mins Bake 350°F1 hr
Classic Meat Loaf
Ingredients
  • 2  tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4  cups  onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/4  cups  portobello or desired mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2  cup  celery, finely diced
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1  teaspoon  finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2  cup  grated carrot
  • 1  cup  fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2  cup  half-and-half or milk
  • 2  eggs
  • 1 1/2  pounds  ground chuck
  • 1/2  pound  ground pork
  • 4  slices  bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 3/4  teaspoons  kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2  cup  ketchup
  • 2  tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  cider vinegar
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large skillet heat butter until melted and foaming. Add onions, mushrooms, and celery. Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper. Cook 3 minutes, being careful not to brown.

2. Sprinkle thyme over onion mixture. Rub garlic and pinch of salt into paste; add garlic. Cook and stir until onions are tender and translucent. Stir in grated carrot; remove from heat. Cool completely. Meanwhile, soak bread crumbs in half-and-half; lightly beat in eggs.

3. In large mixing bowl combine ground meats, bacon, cooled vegetables, and bread crumb mixture. Sprinkle the 1-3/4 teaspoons salt and the pepper. Using hands, mix until well blended.

4. Turn mixture into rectangular baking dish. Using hands, shape into a 9x5-inch loaf. Make shallow indentation around sides.

5. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Spoon over top of meat loaf. Bake on middle rack for 1 hour or until meat thermometer reaches 155 degrees F. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (Classic Meat Loaf)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 518,
  • Fat, total (g) 38,
  • chol. (mg) 160,
  • sat. fat (g) 15,
  • carb. (g) 19,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 26,
  • vit. A (IU) 1555,
  • vit. C (mg) 6,
  • sodium (mg) 1013,
  • calcium (mg) 81,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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