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Zesty Horseradish Meat Loaf Recipe

Zesty Horseradish Meat Loaf Recipe

You’ll love the bit of heat in this tasty meat loaf. Make sandwiches out of the leftovers to get double duty out of the classic comfort food. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:8 servings


  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup


  • 1. Soak bread in milk for 5 minutes. Drain and discard milk. Stir in next nine ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape into a loaf in an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread top with ketchup. Bake at 350° until a thermometer reads 160°, 45-55 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
    Freeze option: Omitting ketchup, bake as directed. Securely wrap cooled meat loaf in plastic wrap and foil, then freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap and spread top with ketchup. Reheat on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan in a preheated 350° oven until a thermometer inserted in center reads 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 207 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.

Reviews for Zesty Horseradish Meat Loaf

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aug2295 User ID: 4631582 255203
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"The flavor of this meat loaf was outstanding. I was worried about the texture but the milk soaked bread really kept it from being dry. I was out of Worcestershire and so used BBQ sauce mixed in with the ketchup."

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 254065
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"The best meatloaf we've had in a while! A true winner! My husband hid some to make a sandwich for work with the next day! Love it!"

Remenec User ID: 6059530 253869
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"Adding horseradish to meatloaf is a brilliant idea! It really livens up to recipe. It adds some zest, without being too overpowering. I will definitely make this again for my family."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 253849
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

"My husband refused to eat meatloaf until I tried this recipe. He loves horseradish ... this became an instant "hit". Thank you for sharing!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 253672
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"This meatloaf lives up to it's name "Zesty". My husband loved it. I am also a vegetarian like Nancy so I did not try it but I love that it incorporates whole wheat bread. I save (freeze for bread crumbs, overnight french toast, etc.) all the heels of my bread so no waste. I used 93% lean ground beef and the meatloaf was still very moist. This is a great way to use horseradish from the garden."

erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 253070
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2016

"My family really liked this zesty meatloaf! It was wonderful! A nice change from our regular recipe!"

LPHJKitchen User ID: 7521213 252628
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"You know the saying, 'if it's not broke, don't fix it'? Well, that's how we feel about trying new meatloaf recipes - we have a pretty great traditional one. I LOVE horseradish and this immediately caught my eye. It was definitely a strong variation from our traditional but very tasty. I accidently forgot the chili sauce and it was still really good!"

Lindy s-r User ID: 6790067 242147
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"Ran across this recipe, and it is a keeper. Hubby and I both loved the taste, and it was juicy."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 237827
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"I did not care for this at all. It had the texture of wet baby food and strong taste of horseradish. Not for me."

kgburgess User ID: 2727982 117581
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"This was SO good! Excellent, flavorful meatloaf recipe. I used Nature's Own Double Fiber Wheat Bread and Silk Unsweetened Original Almond Milk in the recipe to cut the fat and calories, and it took the calories down to 179/slice. Yay! My whole family enjoyed this, from ages 4 to 41. Definitely a keeper! I prepared it the night before as I was going to bed, covered it with foil in the loaf pan, and simply took it out to add the ketchup and bake it for dinner the next night. Made for an easy meal!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 67208
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I loved this meat loaf. The only thing I changed was to use a pounf of ground Turkey and for the other 1/2 pound I used Italian Turkey Sausage. I baked it at 375 for 45 minutes and it turned out great."

miss melissa User ID: 5855811 94520
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"this recipe is very good. my husband and i like things a little more spicy, so instead of using regular chili sauce i used sriracha."

012894 User ID: 1605807 95266
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"Juicy; however, way too much seasoning for amount of meat. Too spicy - not a good family recipe. Threw away!"

mmartelle User ID: 1294533 147838
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"This meatloaf had such an awful taste to me! Too strong of a horseradish flavor, and I like horseradish! My husband said it was alright, but when I asked if he wanted to take leftovers to work, he said "no". I won't be making this one again."

shelbyamay User ID: 4171522 101695
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2009

"My husband and I made this with ground turkey and LOVED IT! Our 5 year old did as well! We ommitted the chili sauce and added more horse radish because we love the taste! YUM!"

frankieb User ID: 1667031 162663
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2009

"I didn't care for this recipe. My husband, though, loved it."

maggie2375 User ID: 1836691 148225
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"This was a really good meatloaf. Different from the usual. Instead of using horseradish, I used creamy horseradish sauce which sweetened things up a little. I would even try it with groung turkey next time."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.