Meat Loaf

Servings 6

Meat Loaf

This delicious meatloaf is ideal for the whole family.

40 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 25 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions (3 onions)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup canned chicken stock or broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chuck (81 percent lean)
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs (recommended: Progresso)
  • 2 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (recommended: Heinz)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan.
  3. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown.
  4. Off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork.
  6. Don't mash or the meat loaf will be dense.
  7. Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Spread the ketchup evenly on top.
  8. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F and the meat loaf is cooked through.
  9. (A pan of hot water in the oven, under the meat loaf, will keep the top from cracking.) Serve hot.
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