Mighty Meaty Meatloaf

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, originally appearing in Emeril’s There’s a Chef in My Family, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2004

Prep Time:  20 min
Cook Time:  1 hr 20 min

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • *1 1/2 teaspoons roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • *1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • *1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef —I used 1.25lb ground sirloin
  • 1/2 pound ground pork —I used extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound ground veal —I used .75lb ground veal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Baby Bam, recipe follows
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup fine dried bread crumbs

*items added to Emeril’s recipe by Faith Keith

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Emeril’s Hot Sauce or other red hot sauce, optional

Directions

Position rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, salt, basil, thyme, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, until the onions are soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, pork, and veal with a wooden spoon or with clean hands. Be sure to wash up afterward.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, heavy cream, ketchup, Baby Bam, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce, and whisk to combine. Add the egg mixture to the meat mixture along with the cooled vegetables and bread crumbs. Mix with your hands or a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined.

Transfer the mixture to a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan. Using your fingers or the back of the wooden spoon, smooth the top into a rounded loaf shape. Wash hands again.

To make the glaze, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, if desired, in a small bowl. Stir to blend. Spread the mixture evenly over the top of the meatloaf. Bake the meatloaf for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Using oven mitts or pot holders, carefully tilt the pan away from you and drain off the excess grease from the pan, An adult should help you here. Be careful, hot grease can really burn. Slice to serve.

Baby Bam:

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir well to combine, using a wooden spoon.

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1 Comment

Filed under Family weeknight cooking, Man Food

One response to “Mighty Meaty Meatloaf

  1. For the record… this is the most incredible meatloaf I have ever tasted!!! I am not joking, very very very amazing! Being married to such an incredible cook kicks major butt!!!

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