Are you ready to take your meatloaf game to the next level? We’re here to help you create a classic family favorite with a twist. In this recipe, we’ll show you some techniques that will make your grandma proud and elevate the flavor of your meatloaf. So let’s get started!
Preparing the Pan and Ingredients
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. While the oven is heating up, take a standard loaf pan and give it a quick spray of nonstick spray. This will make it easier to remove the meatloaf later.
Now let’s move on to our ingredients. First, we’ll need some garlic. Simply smash a clove with the back of your knife, peel off the husk, and mince it into about a tablespoon of minced garlic.
Next, we’ll work with an onion. Cut off the top, peel it, and keep the root side intact. Then, grate the onion using a box grater. This will create an onion pulp that adds flavor without the texture of onion pieces.
For the star of the show, we’ll be using 2 pounds of 80% lean ground chuck. In a large mixing bowl, break up the ground beef into loose chunks, leaving a hole in the center.
Now it’s time to combine all the ingredients. Add the grated onion, minced garlic, 2 cups of Panko-style bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of mustard powder, and 2 tablespoons of ketchup.
Finally, pour some milk into the center with the eggs and whisk them together. Use your hands to lift and crumble the mixture, working everything together until it forms a uniform texture. Shape it into a loose log and transfer it to the prepared loaf pan. Press it down to remove any air pockets.
Baking and Glazing
Now, here’s where we’re going to upgrade Grandma’s technique. Instead of putting the meatloaf directly in the oven, we’re going to invert it onto a sheet tray. This will give us a better crust all around.
Bake the meatloaf in the oven for 15 minutes just to set the shape. While it’s baking, let’s prepare the glaze. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1/3 cup of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of mustard powder, and 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce. Whisk it all together to create a classic glaze.
After 15 minutes, take the meatloaf out of the oven and brush the glaze all over the top and sides. This will give it a beautiful caramelized coating and keep the inside moist. Place the meatloaf back in the oven for another 45 to 55 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Serving and Enjoying
Once the meatloaf is cooked, let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes to set. Then, transfer it to a cutting board using two spatulas for support. Now it’s time to slice and enjoy!
This meatloaf is easy to slice and has a loose, soft texture that is packed with classic flavors. It’s a dish that your grandma would be proud of, and your family will love. So go ahead, serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and some roasted vegetables for a complete meal.
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