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Siri's Heart-Shaped Meatloaf

COOK TIME
1 hr
PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
6
RATE THIS RECIPE
(95)
Siri Daly
Nathan Congleton/TODAY
COOK TIME
1 hr
PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
6
RATE THIS RECIPE
(95)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water (optional)

Chef notes

This is a moist meatloaf, light in texture but heavy in flavor and completely nourishing. It is basted during the cooking process with a savory, tangy glaze that keeps the meatloaf tender while giving it a sweet crust. 

Technique tip: Basting the meatloaf as it cooks will help keep it moist and seal in the flavors.

Swap option: For a leaner meatloaf, you can use ground turkey.

Preparation

1.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2.

Combine the ground meats, breadcrumbs, milk, onion, egg, parsley, salt, pepper, thyme and 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce.

3.

Shape the mixture into a heart-shaped loaf, and place in a lightly greased rimmed baking sheet (or shallow pan).

4.

Stir together the vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, and remaining tomato sauce. Add water, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, to thin the sauce if necessary. Pour about one-third of the tomato sauce mixture over the top of the meatloaf.

5.

Bake until no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour, basting with the remaining tomato sauce mixture every 15 minutes.