Best Meat Loaf

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Need a comfort food dinner? This classic meat loaf recipe will hit the spot. Customize the glaze to whatever your family loves best.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
60 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
95 mins
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms

  • ½ cup shredded carrot (1 medium)

  • cup finely chopped onion (1 small)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 3 tablespoon ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs

  • 1 pound ground beef chuck*

  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin*

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, carrot, onion, and garlic; cook and stir for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, the 3 tablespoons ketchup, the 1 tablespoon mustard, the Worcestershire sauce, and kosher salt. Add bread crumbs and vegetable mixture, stirring until evenly moistened.

  2. Add ground beef; using your clean hands, mix well. Line a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with foil. Lightly pat the mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf in the prepared dish.

  3. For glaze, in a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and the 2 teaspoons mustard; set aside. (For a change of pace, substitute one of the glaze options below for the ketchup-brown sugar glaze.)

  4. Bake about 1 hour or until internal temperature registers 160°F on an instant-read thermometer, spooning glaze over meat loaf for the last 25 minutes of baking.

  5. Let the meat loaf stand for 10 minutes. Using two spatulas, transfer loaf to a serving platter; cut into eight slices.

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Glaze Options:

Apricot-Mustard Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup apricot preserves and 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 387 calories, 26 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 13 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 546 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% ironPeach-Chile Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup peach preserves, 2 teaspoons Asian chili sauce with garlic, and 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 383 calories, 26 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 13 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 6% Vitamin C, 484 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% ironCranberry Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup ketchup and 1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 356 calories, 26 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 10 g total sugar, 6% Vitamin A, 7% Vitamin C, 618 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 20% ironStrawberry Glaze: In a blender combine 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup plum jam, 3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chile peppers, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and blend until smooth. In a small saucepan heat strawberry mixture until boiling; boil gently for 10 minutes. Cool slightly before spooning over meat loaf.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 391 calories, 26 g protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 18 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 14 g total sugar, 3% Vitamin A, 25% Vitamin C, 536 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 21% iron

*Tip:

If you like, substitute 8 ounces bulk sweet Italian sausage, uncooked ground turkey, or ground pork for 8 ounces of the ground beef.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

369 Calories
18g Fat
24g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 649mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 4.3mg 22%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 3.7mg 21%
Potassium 540mg 11%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 32.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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