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Matthew’s Best Ever Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing

Makes

8 servings

Updated: Mar. 10, 2022
This is comfort food at its best. Mushrooms, beef stock, tomato paste, Worcestershire and soy sauce help boost the meaty flavor of this classic diner staple. —Matthew Hass

Ingredients

  • 3 slices white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms (about 6 ounces), cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into chunks
  • 1 celery rib, cut into chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine bread and stock; let stand until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, pulse mushrooms, onion, carrot, celery and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add mushroom mixture; cook and stir until vegetables are tender and liquid is evaporated, 5-6 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute longer. Cool slightly.
  3. Add next 7 ingredients and cooked vegetables to bread mixture; mix thoroughly. Place a 12x7-in. piece of foil on a rack in a foil-lined rimmed baking pan. Transfer meat mixture to the foil and shape into a 10x6-in. loaf.
  4. Bake 1 hour. Mix together glaze ingredients; spread over loaf. Bake until a thermometer reads 160°, about 15-25 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Can you freeze Matthew's Best Ever Meat Loaf?

Shape meat loaf on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and wrap securely in foil; return to freezer. To use, unwrap meat loaf and bake as directed, increasing initial baking time to 2 hours. Mix together glaze ingredients; spread over loaf. Bake until a thermometer inserted in center reads 160°, 15-25 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 341 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 832mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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