Babe hates meatloaf. He says “It’s a loaf of meat.”

Okay, I admit that does not sound like the most appetizing thing I could eat. But, that’s because he never tasted MY meatloaf. Funny thing about meatloaf. People smash together ground beef, onions, eggs and bread crumbs, then drown it in ketchup and call it meatloaf….NOT.

Do not…I repeat…DO NOT put ketchup on meatloaf! If you put ketchup on meatloaf, you’re doing it wrong. If you want to see it done right, keep reading.

It starts off with a blend of ground meat. While it’s perfectly fine to use ground beef alone, adding ground pork or veal gives it a really nice texture. I like to use ground pork. If you don’t eat pork, ground turkey will yield the same result, as long as it’s dark meat turkey. Ground turkey breast won’t give it the moisture you want. Gather all the rest of your ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

meatloaf ingredientsAdd some oil to a hot pan and saute onion, bell pepper and celery.

oil in panStir the veggies constantly so that they cook without browning. Saute the veggies for about 7 minutes or until they are soft and translucent like this:

sauteed veggiesNow, combine all of the ingredients into a bowl. This is when you can’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Using your hands, blend of the ingredients thoroughly. Make sure all the flavors are evenly distributed.

ingredients in a bowlWith all the ingredients mixed, form the mixture into a “loaf” on a baking pan. I recommend using a baking sheet or baking pan instead of a roasting pan. You will find that the meatloaf browns better.

meatloaf beforeBake the meatloaf in the oven for 45-55 minutes. It should be golden brown and firm when it’s done. Voila!

meatloaf afterLet the meatloaf to rest. This allows the juices to circulate. While it’s resting, you can make your gravy. What good is a meatloaf without gravy? 

In a pan, combine melted butter and flour. You could also use the oil from the meatloaf if you’d like. Either way, just be sure that you are using equal parts of both oil and flour. 2014-04-21 17.31.17Keep the temperature of the pan high enough to maintain a somewhat rapid bubbling. Stir constantly to keep the mixture smooth. It will eventually start to brown, about 8-10 minutes. Now add the beef stock, worcestershire sauce and onion powder.

2014-04-21 17.33.06Yum! Now it’s starting to look like gravy. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the gravy is too thick, add a bit of water (or more beef stock if you want an even richer flavor). Continue stirring to avoid lumps. If you want to add another dimension to the flavor, you could saute a few sliced mushrooms and add them to the gravy.

Slice up the meatloaf and drizzle the gravy over the slices. Make sure you have enough for mashed potatoes! Remix this TV dinner-style meal with Tipsy Peas.

My Meatloaf
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
FOR MEATLOAF
  1. 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  2. 1 1/2 lbs ground pork
  3. 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  6. 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  7. 1/2 cup bell pepper, finely chopped
  8. 2 tbs garlic, minced
  9. 1 tbs thyme
  10. 1 tbs parsley
  11. salt
  12. pepper
  13. olive oil
FOR GRAVY
  1. 2 cups beef stock
  2. 2 tbs flour
  3. 2 tbs butter
  4. 1 tbs onion powder
  5. 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  6. water
  7. salt
  8. pepper
FOR MEATLOAF
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add oil to a pan on medium heat and saute onion, bell pepper and celery until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Allow it to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine meat, eggs, spices, salt, pepper, panko breadcrumbs, garlic and sauteed vegetables.
  4. Blend of the ingredients together thoroughly.
  5. Form mixture into a "loaf" on a baking pan.
  6. Bake meatloaf in the oven for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and firm.
FOR GRAVY
  1. In a pan, combine melted butter and flour.
  2. Stir constantly on medium-high heat to keep the mixture smooth.
  3. When the mixture starts to brown, about 8-10 minutes, add the beef stock, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir continuously to avoid lumps. If gravy is too thick, add water.
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