Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Meatloaf, like stuffing, is all about family traditions. If you're a longtime reader of The Food of Love, you might remember that my mom's meatloaf was one dish that I could not and would not eat. That said, I'm also fickle when it comes to meatloaf. My favorites are quickly replaced by new favorites. That said, when I saw this recipe for meatloaf in the new Cooking Light Easy Winter Recipes magazine, I decided to give it a try.

6 servings, 2 slices each
1 slice bread (I replaced this with 1 oz panko breadcrumbs)
2 tbs fat free milk
1/2 cup ketchup, divided
2/3 lb extra lean ground beef
1/2 lb lean ground veal
6 oz lean ground pork
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 large egg whites
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine breadcrumbs (or panko) and milk in a large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Add 2 tbs ketchup and remaining ingredients except cooking spray. Shape meat mixture into a 9X5 inch loaf on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Spread the remaining 6 tbs ketchup over the top of the meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees. Cut the loaf into 12 slices.
This meatloaf proved my theory that meatloaf is a very personal thing. DSO loved it and raved about it for days. He was sadly disappointed when it was finally gone, having eaten it for dinner and lunch before adding the "dregs" to a bowl of soup. I, on the other hand, found the taste quite pleasing, but something about the texture just didn't do it for me. And so the search  for that quintessential meatloaf goes on.


  1. I think the texture looks just to my taste! I haven't made meatloaf in AGES!

  2. Hi Arlene! Thanks for the nice comments you left on my blog! I love YOUR blog! I just added you to my sidebar.

    This time of year, I make at least 1 pot of soup a week. Sometimes 2. When it's cold out, soup is all I want!


  3. Great minds on the same page! I just did a meat loaf your is perfection, love the color and the way it cuts you really made the perfect comfort food for this time of year here!

  4. Mmmm...meatloaf....I love this dish. I agree it's a very personal thing. My mom's meatloaf scares me to the this day. ;)

    I like to add in shredded zucchini and finely diced celery as part of my veggies...I'm kind of a veggie nut.

  5. Hi Arlene, my husband and I just finished off a meatloaf for dinner and some lunches, etc. Was it too soft because of the veal and pork maybe?
    Too me it looks great, but I know what you mean about texture sometimes. I've been making mine with all turkey lately.

  6. You have done what I've tried to do and not been successful... you have a wonderful meatloaf pic! Nicely done!
    The recipe looks very appealing... I think I'm adding meatloaf to next week's menu!

  7. That looks like a darned good meatloaf, especially for being low fat! The mixture of meats sounds really tasty :-)

  8. oh yum! we love meatloaf. i gotta find that magazine, you know how i love cooking light!

  9. Meatloaf is a big favorite in my house - and this sounds similar to our favorite one. It looks positively delicious - so homey and comforting!

  10. I actually love most meatloaf as long as it isn't either dry or mealy in texture so I think it looks great. Hope you find the one that is right for you soon. ;-)


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