Classic Meatloaf


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Meat Loaf with Creamy Onion Gravy
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins

"This is a culmination of all the meatloaf I've ever eaten," says Andrew Curren, chef-partner of 24 Diner in Austin, about this recipe. "My mom always made a good meatloaf — it never had the tomato goo on top of it. Then I tasted a meatloaf that had cheese in it; that was a good idea. In Italy, I was introduced to sofrito and realized the importance of cooking with carrots, onion, celery." 

Curren brought all of those ideas and influences to this meatloaf recipe, which he served with a creamy onion gravy. The recipe makes enough meatloaf for a crowd, or for plenty of leftovers. If you like, cut the leftover meatloaf into thick slices and brown in a skillet to serve, alongside the onion gravy.



  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)

  • 2 large carrots (finely chopped)

  • 1 celery rib (finely chopped)

  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)

  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 pounds ground beef chuck

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • ½ pound Monterey Jack cheese (cut into 1/2-inch cubes)

Creamy Onion Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 large white onions, , thinly sliced (about 6 cups)

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 quart chicken stock or low-sodium broth

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Make the meatloaf

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in a medium skillet, over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Scrape mixture into a very large bowl and let cool. Add the panko, eggs, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper and stir to form a paste. Using your hands, work in ground meats and cheese until combined.

  2. Line a large roasting pan with parchment paper. Firmly pat meat mixture into 2 loaves, each about 10 inches long. Arrange loaves 3 inches apart on parchment and roast in lower third of oven for about 1 hour, until lightly browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of loaves registers 150°F. Let meatloaf rest for 15 minutes, then cut into thick slices and serve with Creamy Onion Gravy.

Make the creamy onion gravy

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter in olive oil. Add sliced white onions and stir to coat. Cover and cook over moderate heat until onions are very soft but not browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for about 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and cook, whisking frequently, until gravy is thickened, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and simmer onion gravy over moderate heat for about 5 minutes.

  2. Transfer onion gravy to a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and black pepper. Return onion gravy to the saucepan and simmer until reduced to 5 cups, about 5 minutes.

    Make Ahead

    The baked meatloaves can be covered and refrigerated for up to 4 days. The onion gravy can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

    Suggested Pairing

    Medium-bodied Rhône-style red blend.

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