© Fredrika Stjärne

Mom's Meat Loaf

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4 to 6

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  1. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  5. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  6. 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons ketchup
  7. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  8. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  9. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  10. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  12. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  13. 2 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  14. 1 pound ground beef chuck
  15. 1/2 pound ground veal
  16. 1/2 pound ground pork
  17. 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  18. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 8 minutes. Let stand until cooled to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the bread crumbs with the milk until evenly moistened. Add the 2 teaspoons of ketchup and the onion mixture, egg, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, black pepper and mustard and mix until blended.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the bacon until finely chopped; add it to the bread crumb mixture. Add the ground beef, veal and pork and mix gently with your hands until evenly combined.
  4. In a medium roasting pan, form the meat into a 9-by-5-inch loaf. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup of ketchup with the brown sugar and cayenne. Spread the ketchup over the top of the meat loaf. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the glaze is browned and an instant read thermometer inserted in the center of the meat loaf registers 160°. Let the meatloaf rest for 10 minutes. Cut into slices and serve.