Meatloaf craving! Yes, I had a meatloaf craving and a need for comfort food. This week has been grey, cold and wet. November has just started and already you can feel the dreadful cold and rainy month.
So, with this weather, there is nothing else to do but cook, and comfort food is on the menu! Meatloaf is a staple in a lot of families, and everyone has their favourite recipe, myself included.
Actually, I do have more than one way of making this comfort food a little bit different. I call this one loaded meatloaf, because it’s loaded with vegetables and packed with flavour!
Meatloaf is another dish I do enjoy making. You can switch the seasonings and herbs, use different meats like pork, turkey or beef and not to mention my favourite part of the meatloaf, the GLAZE ! Yes, the glaze gives the meatloaf that extra special something. There are so many glaze options and this balsamic glaze is becoming my favourite.
- FOR THE LOAF:
- 1-1/2 pounds of ground beef
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 small onion (diced)
- 1 celery stick (finely diced)
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 small red bell pepper (diced)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley
- 1/2 tsp of freshly chopped rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- FOR THE GLAZE:
- 1/3 cup of ketchup
- 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp of brown sugar
- Heat up 1 tbsp of olive in a skillet.
- Add in the onion, garlic, celery and red bell pepper.
- Cook until the vegetables are soft (about 8 minutes)
- Transfer into a bowl and let cool.
- To the bowl, add in the ground beef, the egg, the panko bread crumbs, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper.
- Mix all the ingredients and form into a loaf.
- Transfer the loaf into a bread loaf pan.
- In a bowl, mix the ketchup, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar.
- Spread half of the glaze over the meatloaf (reserve the other half).
- Cover the loaf with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 375F for 45 minutes.
- Uncover the meatloaf and pour on the remainder of the glaze and continue baking uncovered for 25 minutes.
- Make sure the loaf reaches a temperature of 165F in the middl