Meatloaf is a European dish where ground meat, usually beef is shaped into a loaf using a loaf pan, and then baked or smoked. Although meatloaf is usually made with ground beef, it can alternatively be made with pork, lamb, poultry or seafood. Meatloaf has become somewhat of a dinner staple in many American households. Persons from the United States tend to serve meatloaf with ketchup or tomato sauce. The recipe below makes a meatloaf that serves 6 which will be the main attraction on your dinner menu.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup of plain dry breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon of fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of ketchup
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
- Next, heat the extra virgin olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the finely chopped onions and minced garlic and cook for about 10 minutes or the onions soften and appear translucent. Remove the pan from the heat and add the Worcestershire sauce and allow cooling completely.
- In a large bowl, add the ground beef, onion mixture, breadcrumbs, fresh thyme leaves, fresh parsley leaves, eggs, and salt and pepper, to taste. Mix the ingredients until well combined but do not mash or the meatloaf will be tough.
- Place the meat mixture on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and form it into a loaf. Spread the ketchup over the top of the meatloaf.
- To complete the dish, bake the meatloaf in the preheated oven for 1 hour minutes. Serve hot.