Best Meatloaf Ever

December 9, 2019
Created by Harmons
2 hours 30 minutes
Serves 4-6
  • Meatloaf
  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 lb ground pork
  • 1 1/4 lb ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 oz grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Glaze
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with blade attachment, add bread and mushrooms and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add Worcestershire sauce, paprika, garlic, onion, carrot, and celery, and pulse until finely chopped.

In a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add vegetable mixture and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add milk, bring to a simmer, and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl with bread and mushrooms, stir to combine, and let cool, about 10 minutes.

Add beef, pork, eggs, cheese, parsley, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. With clean hands, mix gently until everything is combined.

Transfer mixture to a 9” x 5” loaf pan. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate.

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350°. Bake until center of meatloaf registers 150° on an instant-read thermometer, about 70 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes. Soak up any juices with a paper towel. Increase oven temperature to 500°.

To make the glaze, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper, stirring, until sugar is melted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Use a brush to apply glaze to meatloaf and bake until glaze is beginning to bubble and brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes.