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  • Homemade Meatloaf Recipe
  • Homemade Meatloaf Recipe
  • Homemade Meatloaf Recipe
  • Homemade Meatloaf Recipe

Homemade Meatloaf Recipe

Food | March 31, 2020 | Nik Manojlovich
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Here’s the essential Weekend at the Cottage dinner that friends and family just can’t get enough of – our HOMEMADE MEATLOAF RECIPE.

This is going to become your new go-to favourite. When you find something as delicious and dependable as our HOMEMADE MEATLOAF RECIPE, we know you’ll be making it again and again. Best to PIN the recipe to a favourite board, BOOKMARK the page for future reference and SHARE it with friends and followers on your socials. Just tag #weekendatthecottage so everyone knows you’ve got taste!

A number of things contribute to the success of this essential HOMEMADE MEATLOAF RECIPE.

Here are the highlights:

Ingredients for meatloaf


This recipe is made with readily available ingredients, but don’t let that fool you; each ingredient is essential to that fabulously delicious final flavour. As always, we suggest using locally sourced, organic ingredients. You will taste the difference.

Vegetables softened


The first step is to chop and cook a classic group of “starter” vegetables. Prepping onion, garlic, scallions, carrot and celery this way is nothing new, but in a meatloaf recipe, it guarantees tenderness and juiciness. The softened texture of these flavourful veggies also help keep the baked meatloaf together when you slice it. Nice!

Another must-mention in this section is the way we amp up the flavour profile by boosting it with seasoning, ketchup, Worcestershire and, wait for it, prepared horseradish. You heard it here first: horseradish in a meatloaf recipe is wonderful!

All of the ingredients ready to be mixed


We love this recipe because it’s easy, but also because it can be tweaked to your liking. There are two opportunities to adapt this meatloaf recipe to your diet. First, feel free to swap the pork out and make it with just beef; it will still work perfectly. You can also replace regular breadcrumbs with a gluten-free variety.

Repeat visitors to WATC know I’m a “handy” at-home cook. Yup, this isn’t the first time I suggest you dump all of the ingredients into a bowl, then wash your hands really, really well before sticking them into the bowl to mix things up. Mixing by hand ensures everything is well combined but it also creates an even-textured loaf. Like the cooked veggies, this is another reason why our meatloaf “keeps it together”.

Homemade meatloaf coated with tomato sauce


We learned a few things testing this recipe, but the one thing we all felt strongly about was not to make meatloaf in a loaf pan because the fat from the meat has nowhere to go. Forming the meat mixture into a loaf shape, then placing it in a shallow baking dish is way better. The fat melts away, the loaf keeps it shape, and the finished meatloaf is delectably delicious.

One last little tip on the loaf: you just gotta brush it with our classic mix of ketchup and tomato paste. It gives this nostalgic dish that last little bit of something, plus it ensures you get that glorious smile on your face when you take your first bite.

Homemade meatloaf Recipe


The service of our HOMEMADE MEATLOAF RECIPE is made possible thanks to side dishes like these! Try it with our BUTTERED SPRING VEGGIES and our PARMESAN MASHED POTATOES. We also like a SIMPLE SALAD on the side, but dressed it with this CREAMY BUTTERMILK DRESSING. Yum!

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Our HOMEMADE MEATLOAF RECIPE is a favourite both in cottage country and, at home. Enjoy!

Homemade Meatloaf Recipe


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3 Responses to “Homemade Meatloaf Recipe”

  1. Gordana Mihailovic says:

    It is best ever meat loaf recipe. Delicious and very easy to make. It slice very easily. So much flavour.
    Thank you so much for wonderful recipe.

  2. Derek says:

    Hello. I’m thinking of making your meat loaf recipe, it sounds really good. For ingredients it says, 2 of ground chuck. Is that 2 pounds? I just want to make sure I have the proportions right. Thanks


Ingredients & Amounts

  • For the meatloaf:
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • ½ a white onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 2 pounds of ground chuck
  • ¾ pound of ground pork
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup of breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • To brush on the meatloaf:
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • To garnish:
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle position.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: Place the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and scallions in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. Pulse to chop finely. Melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet on medium heat. Toss the vegetables in the melted butter. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire, salt, pepper, horseradish and ketchup until incorporated. Cook for 1 minute more before removing from heat. Set aside and cool completely.
  3. Prepare the meatloaf mixture: Place the pork and beef in a large bowl. Add the cooled vegetables, eggs, breadcrumbs and parsley. Mix together by hand. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place in a shallow baking dish or pan.
  4. Brush and bake: Stir the tomato paste and ketchup together in a small bowl then brush it across the top and sides of the meatloaf. Transfer to oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf should read 62°C or 155°F when done. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, slice and serve.

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Nik Manojlovich

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