Meat loaf gets a bad rap sometimes, for being boring and dry. Well, get ready to have your mind (and taste buds) blown by this savory, slightly sweet and super moist meatloaf recipe! My husband Joe made this one up. It takes about 20-30 mins prep time and about an hour and 15 mins to cook. It can make massive leftovers that keep well. The recipe can be adjusted for more or less food, but I always make a bunch and use it for leftovers for the week (I don’t get sick of eating this stuff!). This is a great weekend recipe.
The frozen grass-fed ground beef from Trader Joe’s, is probably the most cost effective and accessible, unless you have a local farm like Wheel View Farm or Hagers Market. These farms are easily found with a quick online search, or using the CISA site. I am lucky enough to buy pasture raised pork from a local farm (Little Brook Farm in Sunderland, MA), but Whole Foods would work otherwise. At the very least, look for meat that is hormone and antibiotic free. I do highly suggest breaking out the food processor for this recipe. I just rinse everything as soon as I’m done using it.
Joes Crazy Good Meatloaf
This makes 2 large loaves. You will have massive leftovers if you follow these amounts! This freezes well.
Preheat oven to 350
- 2 large carrots, shredded
- 2-3 sweet potatoes, shredded
- 2 onions, shredded or chopped by hand
- A few cloves of garlic put through the food processor or minced
- 2 Tbs rosemary
- 2 Tbs basil
- 1 Tbs oregano
- 1-2 Tbs parsley
- 1 Tbs black pepper
- 1 Tbs paprika
- 1 Tbs salt
- 1 Tbs thyme
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 lbs ground pork
- 4 eggs, beaten with a fork
- Get out as big a pan (Wok is great) as you have. On medium to low heat, add 2 Tbs butter to melt and add onions, shredded carrots, sweet potato, and garlic. Cook until tender (about 10 mins), stirring often. If the mix is sticking, turn down the heat and you can also try adding a few tbs of water.
- Add all spices to the mix and wait to cool for a few mins.
- Get your sheet pan ready. Ff you don’t have one with shallow sides, go for a long lasagne pan. Cover with parchment paper.
- Add the meat and eggs to the vegetable mix. I do this in the Wok to save dishes.
- Squish everything together (with hands), to incorporate well.
- Form into 2 loaves on your sheet pan(s). The picture is of round loaves, but I usually do fat, long ones.
- Cook at 350 for 1 hr
- Spread some stone ground mustard or Grey Poupon on top, and cook again for 15 more mins.