Best-Ever Meat Loaf Recipe
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 slices bread, torn
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar or part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried basil, thyme or sage, optional
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and bread; let stand until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the onion, carrot, cheese and seasonings. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
- 2. Shape into a 7-1/2x3-1/2x2-1/2-in. loaf in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes.
- 3. Combine the topping ingredients; spoon half of the mixture over meat loaf. Bake 30 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°, occasionally spooning remaining topping over loaf. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
1 slice: 398 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 164mg cholesterol, 771mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.
Reviews for Best-Ever Meat Loaf
"I couldn't get my meat loaf to really stay solidified, which was frustrating. I had even added an extra piece of bread since it seemed there was too much liquid that wouldn't fully absorb into the 2 slices of bread recommended in the recipe. Also, the loaf pan size recommended was too small, I couldn't add the topping on it without it leaking out over the sides - I had to put a sheet pan under it to catch the drippings. If it tasted good even with these recipe flaws, I would have just made notes for next time, but it also did not taste good - I felt the parsley and basil were too strongly flavored for this which I realize it said they were optional, but I don't feel those flavors suited the recipe. All in all, it needed more flavoring, maybe if it was cooked in a bigger loaf pan next time it would have come out better."
"Never any leftovers!"
"This meatloaf was wonderful! My whole family loved this. Really enjoyed the topping. I used fresh herbs from my garden. This will be a favourite for us. Thanks for an awesome recipe."
"Unbelievably delicious! Thanks so much TOH."
"This was pretty good. I'll make it again with some modifications. Mainly, my husband and I both thought the sauce was way too sweet. Next time, I'll cut it by at least half. I also added a couple cloves of garlic."
"The title of this recipe doesn't lie it is the Best-Ever Meatloaf! This has become one of our family favorites!"
"Add a couple cloves of fresh garlic!!"
"Very flavorful. Mt onions and carrots were not soft at the end, so next time I may cook them first and then add to the meat loaf to bake. This was delicious meatloaf. My boys and husband liked it which counts for everything."
"This is my extra picky son's favorite meatloaf. I always use ketchup in the topping instead of tomato sauce"
"My family loved this recipe and my husband usually isn't a meatloaf fan!"
"BEST meatloaf we've ever had"
"This really was the best meatloaf I ever made. My husband agreed."
"I have made this meat-loaf so many times, always make 2, one for us and one to give or freeze. I pass on the 'optional seasonings' and substitute ketchup and use swiss cheese, Glad it's still on the web-site, because I wore out the original copy. This is soooo good, and all men love meat loaf. Well, all men I know. I've been to your cooking school, highly recommended!"
"I love this recipe and so does my family. For 20 years I made the same recipe until I found this one and now this is the only one I make. The sauce is yummy! Love it! Thanks!!!"
"Great recipe! Everyone loves it."
"Excellent taste & texture- definitely a keeper."
"The BOMB! However, I make a sweet and sour topping: 1 can tomato sauce, l/2C sugar, l 1/2t dry mustard and l/4c vinegar."
"When I want meat loaf, this is the one I make."
"I have made this meatloaf many times and it is always as good as I remember it. I highly recommend it."
"Everyone that has tried this recipe has loved it.. I make it often, switching up the kind of cheese used"
"I used 1/2 oatmeal & 1/2 planko bread crumbs. I also used whatever spices I liked. For the sauce I used a little ketchup and tomato sauce and djon and brown mustard instead of regular! It turned out great! I also, added cheese to the top the last 15-20 minutes!"
"I made this recipe tonight based on the reviews and it was horrible. It was too sweet and honestly kind of funky. We ended up throwing it out."
"Definite keeper...Nice and moist. I used Panko breadcrumbs in place of the bread. The sauce is nice and tangy...I think I will also make it with brown gravy every now and then to change it up a bit. Sandwiches from the leftovers went fast so I think I'll double the recipe going forward. Great recipe...Thanks!"
"By far the best meatload I've ever had. I also make it with ground turkey...yummy!"
"My family loves this meatloaf. I have made it using the different spices at different times and even use both cheeses in the same meatloaf. It always comes up a winner. The sauce is just the icing on the cake. Yummy!"
"Now this really IS the best meatloaf ever! I haven't used my old standby recipe since I've discovered this one! LOVE it!"
"by far my favorite meatloaf recipe. And, of course, the best meatloaf sandwiches ever."
"Make this meat loaf and you'll never love another. I use thyme and sage, and sub ketchup for the tomato sauce making extra to dip in. YUM!!"
"This really is THE best ever. I always make 2 loaves at a time so that I always have some in the freezer for sandwiches!"
"Very Yummy! A good variation on my usual meatloaf. Thanks!M. Thatcher"
"This sounds like it must be very good--where could I find the receipt?? Thanksw"
"I made this meatloaf last night for company and everyone enjoyed it, especially my husband. It's a recipe I will always make!"
"This meatloaf is so moist and tasty and with the tangy Topping it is a true winner with my grandchildren. I make it often."