028 - Classic Meatloaf Recipe

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028 - Classic Meatloaf Recipe

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Classic Meatloaf Recipe


Ingredients
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup of finely chopped onion
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1/2 cup of finely chopped green onion, including the green onion greens
4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp)
2 teaspoon salt (use 1 1/2 teaspoons if using Italian sausage)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup ketchup, divided 1/3 and 1/3
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef (chuck)
3/4 pound of spicy ground pork sausage or Italian sausage (a mix of sweet and hot if you are using links)*
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten slightly
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
*If you don't have access to spicy ground pork or Italian sausage, mix in a half teaspoon each of fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, and hot sauce into regular ground pork.


Cooking Instructions
1 Preheat oven to 350° F, with a rack in the middle of the oven.
2 Melt the butter in a large, thick-bottomed skillet, on medium heat. When the butter starts to foam, add the finely chopped onions, celery, carrot, green onions and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Cover the pan and cook for another 5 minutes, until the carrots are tender, stirring every so often. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the Worcestershire sauce and one-third cup of ketchup. Cook for another minute and remove from heat to cool.
3 Once the vegetables have cooled to the touch, place them in a large bowl with the ground beef, Italian sausage, eggs, breadcrumbs and parsley. Use your (very clean) hands to mix them together until everything is evenly distributed.
4 Place the meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan (either 4x8 or 5x9) and press to make compact in the pan. Or you can form a free-standing loaf onto a rimmed baking pan. Cover the meatloaf mixture with the rest of the ketchup.
5 Bake for 1 hour at 350°F, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads 155°F. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Then use a metal spatula to gently lift the meatloaf out of the loaf pan to a serving plate.
Make thick slices to serve. The meatloaf makes great leftovers, just chill and reheat. Slices are good in sandwiches as well.