The Best Meatloaf Ever!
Seriously, it is! After making meatloaf for more years than I can count, I've finally found a recipe that tops them all. I truly found it by accident and I have to share it here.
I read these tips on the original recipe post and I followed them. I think they made a big difference. Here they are:
Tips on How to Make the BEST Meatloaf:
DO NOT OVERMIX which can result in a tough/dense meatloaf
Line your loaf pan with parchment paper with edges hanging over the pan for easier removal of meatloaf.
Keep the juices from the pan and pour over the sliced meatloaf before serving.
Chop the onion finely, allowing it to cook through (or sautee onion before adding)
Gently press meat into the pan so it holds its shape.
Rest meatloaf for 10 minutes before slicing.
2 lbs ground beef 85% or 90% lean
1 med onion finely chopped (sautéed with garlic in olive oil)
3 garlic cloves minced (sautéed with onions in olive oil)
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp ketchup
3 Tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup milk
1 ½ tsp salt or to taste
1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp ground paprika
Meatloaf Sauce Ingredients:
3/4 cup ketchup
1 ½ tsp white vinegar
2 ½ Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp salt
Line a 9”x5” loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix well to combine.
Add meat to the loaf pan, gently press meat down and shape evenly and bake meatloaf at 375˚F for 40 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients together for the sauce. Spread the sauce over meatloaf then return to oven and bake additional 15-20 minutes. Rest meatloaf 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with baking juices from the pan.
If you want to check out the original recipe click here.
I apologize for the paper plate picture of the Meatloaf. The truth of it is that I wasn't sure how this would turn out so I didn't take a picture of it. I wish I had, but when I realized how good it was I had to grab my son's second helping out of his hands for a quick picture. Haha...I'm not joking! It is absolutely divine. I wish I could tell you how good it was leftover, but it was all gobbled up so there were no leftovers. That speaks volumes in my house. Also, one last note. I have one strict rule that I follow when trying out a new recipe. I follow the directions to the letter. But, from then on I can make adjustments and put my own spin on the recipe. Honestly, I don't see myself making any changes to this Meatloaf recipe at all.
I hope you decide to try out this recipe. It's seriously the best ever. Enjoy!!