Monday, April 22, 2013

Cook's Illustrated Best Recipe Meat Loaf

Sorry about the unappetizing picture, this really is delicious meatloaf.  It's another family favorite, and Aaron and I gave it a 9, and Noah and Owen gave it a 10.  This is easy, although it takes a little time, and we love the sweetness with the saltiness of the bacon and the really flavorful meat.  The calories for 10 servings were 436/serving.  This is great meatloaf!!!

1/2 c ketchup or chili sauce (I used ketchup)
1/4 c brown sugar
4 t cider vinegar

2 t vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large eggs
1/2 t dried thyme
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 t Dijon mustard
2 t Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t hot pepper sauce
1/2 c plain yogurt (or whole milk)
1 lb ground chuck
1/2 lb ground veal
1/2 lb ground pork
2/3 c quick oats (I used the oats this time, they also suggest 2/3 c crushed Saltines, or 1 1/3 c fresh breadcrumbs)
1/3 c minced parsley leaves
8 oz bacon (don't use thickly cut bacon :))

For the glaze: Mix all of the ingredients together in a small saucepan and set aside.
For the meatloaf: Heat the oven to 350.  Heat the oil in a skillet, then cook the onion and garlic until softened.  Set aside to cool.
Mix the eggs, thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and yogurt in a medium bowl.  Add the egg mixture to the meat in a large bowl with the crackers or oats, parsley, and cooked onion and garlic.  Mix well. 
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, then pat the meat mixture into a loaf on the cookie sheet.  Brush with half of the glaze, then arrange the bacon slices on top of the loaf.  Bake the loaf until the bacon is crisp, about 1 hour.  Cool at least 20 minutes.  Simmer the remaining glaze over medium heat until it has thickened slightly, then slice the loaf and serve with the glaze.


  1. This meat loaf is the best ever. I could eat it all day long!
    in this particular iteration, the bacon was too thick and didn't crisp up.
    We'll have to try again :)

  2. I have a similar recipe but the meat is ground turkey with apricot sauce and I love it. I have never tried it with thick bacon, but then i don't really buy thick bacon. Will have to try it. Love mom