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1770 House Meatloaf

February 28, 2011

I saw Ina Garten make this meatloaf awhile back and made a mental note to try it out.  It was tagged the Best Meatloaf I Ever Had, so obviously I had to test this out for myself!  I liked that it was a change from the run of the mill tomato (or ugh…ketchup) coated meatloaf.  Not that a tomato sauce is bad, as in my opinion, all is good with tomato sauce.  This lighter sauce with specks of herbs and roasted garlic is ladled on the sliced meatloaf upon serving soaking into the tender meat for a drippy, yummy mouthful. 

I prepared the meatloaf on a baking sheet, as Ina suggests, and as I have been doing for many years now.  I like the more rustic look of the meatloaf this way; not the formed block out of a loaf pan!  It was easy to pull together and while it baked for 50 minutes, I took a short bike ride, coming home to an amazing aroma.  The sauce quickly came together while the meatloaf rested.  I did add flour (or cornstarch could be used) to the sauce ingredients to thicken it slightly. 

Leftover meatloaf is always good; I like to sandwich it up for my son in fresh baked rolls or frittata style with large chunks of meatloaf and cheese! 

 Adapted from 1770 House Meatloaf

 1 pound ground veal

1 pound ground pork  

1 pound ground beef  

1 tablespoon chopped, fresh chives, plus 1 teaspoon for the sauce

1 tablespoon chopped, fresh thyme leaves, plus 1 teaspoon for the sauce

1 tablespoon chopped, fresh Italian parsley, plus 1 teaspoon for the sauce

3 large eggs

1 1/3 cups finely ground Panko (place Panko in food processor to finely grind)

2/3 cup whole organic milk  

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil

2 stalks of celery, finely diced

1 large Spanish onion, finely diced

2 cups chicken stock, homemade or good quality purchased

8 to 10 cloves roasted garlic

3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

3 tablespoons flour or cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the veal, pork, beef, chives, thyme, parsley, eggs, Panko, milk, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Heat a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat with olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the celery and onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until softened. Remove the celery and onion from the pan and let cool. When the mixture is cool, add it to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients.

Mix the ingredients until well combined and everything is evenly distributed, using your hands is the best kitchen tool.  Place a piece of parchment paper or slipat on a baking sheet pan.  Place the meat on the sheet pan and pat it and punch it down to remove any air pockets. Shape the meat into a loaf.  Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until a meat thermometer indicates an internal temperature of 155 to 160 degrees. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the sauce, combine the butter and flour and cook a few minutes to combine and thicken.  Pour in the broth and roasted garlic and simmer over medium high heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly thickened. Add 1 teaspoon of each of the chopped thyme, chives and parsley. Slice the meatloaf into serving portions and spoon the hot sauce over the meatloaf and serve.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 3:49 am

    Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis

  2. March 1, 2011 3:21 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of the ketchup/tomato sauce glaze on meatloaf so this one is right up my alley. Saving to make soon!

    • February 20, 2012 6:21 pm

      I wasnlt, either, until last year when I had some I actually enjoyed that way. Prior to that, I had to hame mine Salisbury Steak-style: mushroom gravy. Didn’t mind ketchup IN my meatloaf, just didnlt like it ON my meatloaf… .

  3. March 17, 2011 3:53 pm

    Ground veal. I think I could actually convince my wife to try this. (Sadly, she has a thing about meatloaf.) Looks delicious.

  4. August 12, 2011 8:58 am

    I hope you don’t mind but I’m taking a voyage of discovery through your blog and just have to comment. Meatloaf is a favorite dish for me, one that I’ve never been able to make, unfortunately. This recipe sounds delicious. I love that you use 3 meats and the roasted garlic is a nice touch, as well. Looks like I may have finally found a meatloaf that I can make and be proud of. Thank you!

    • August 12, 2011 11:09 am

      I certainly don’t mind at all. In fact, I was browsing through your site a few days ago looking through your many wonderful past posts. We share similarities in cooking, so I love all your recipes!

  5. February 20, 2012 6:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Amber Martingale's Blog.

  6. February 22, 2012 12:58 am

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a writer! and commented:
    Brilliant pictures with recipes!

  7. maryann permalink
    February 24, 2012 9:48 pm

    Yum

  8. February 29, 2012 11:59 pm

    I tried this one right after I saw it on Barefoot Contessa and it has been a hit! Makes meatloaf a gourmet meal.

  9. May 22, 2012 1:08 pm

    That pan sounds wendorful! I love meatloaf, my mom made it all the time and all different sorts of ways. Not too long ago I tried a recipe for meatloaf muffins that was pretty great even. Just used a cupcake pan, it was nice little serving sizes:-) I think classic meatloaf is my favorite, with a beef gravy… mashed taters and corn:-)

  10. meatloaf permalink
    July 9, 2012 2:23 pm

    Best ever meatloaf recipe

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