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Meatloaf

Recipe video above. Meatloaf is so much more than a giant hunk of ground beef in a loaf shape. It should ooze with flavour, be moist and tender yet not crumble apart when sliced. And the caramelised glaze is the crowning glory!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Meatloaf, Meatloaf Recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Nagi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (Note 1)
  • 1 large onion , grated (brown, yellow)
  • 1 kg / 2 lb ground beef (mince) , preferably not lean
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional), or 2 tsp dried parsley or basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes , crumbled or 2 tsp beef powder (Note 2)
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar , lightly packed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Oil or spray a loaf tin. (Note 3)
  • Glaze: Mix together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Meatloaf: Place breadcrumbs in a very large bowl. Grate over onion. Mix so the breadcrumbs are all wet. (Note 4)
  • Add remaining ingredients. Mix well using your hands. Form into a loaf shape, pinching together then smoothing over creases and cracks (helps prevent cracks during baking).
  • Transfer into loaf tin. Brush generously with glaze, using about 1/2.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with most of the remaining glaze. If there is excess fat pooling, scoop/pour it off.
  • Bake for a further 30 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Stand for 10 minutes before turning out and cutting into thick slices. You will probably get a bit of crumbling just on the edges of the first couple of slices, this is normal and indicative of the tenderness of the meatloaf (zero crumble indicates firm packed harder meatloaf which isn't as enjoyable!).
  • Ideal served with a dollop of ketchup, creamy mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.

Notes

1. Panko breadcrumbs are larger than normal breadcrumbs so they make the meatloaf softer. Nowadays they are found in most supermarkets here in Australia, usually in both the Asian section and alongside normal breadcrumbs.
2. Bouillon cubes adds so much better flavour to the meatloaf compared to just plain salt. Best subs: chicken or veg bouillon or stock powder. Salt sub: 1.5 tsp salt.
3. Pan size: My loaf pan is 23 x 13 x 6 cm / 9 x 5 x 2.5". As long as you have one about this size, this recipe will work fine though it might be flatter or taller.
4. Grated onion - a highly effective and efficient technique to make meatloaf more tender (soaked breadcrumbs puff up when baked) and adds savoury onion flavour without the need to separately fry diced onion. 
5. Nutrition per serving, assuming 8 servings.

Nutrition

Serving: 179g | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 468mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3.3mg