Real Meatloaf.. just like Mom made. Really! We worked hard to tweak a few existing recipes for this true, old-style meatloaf to get a finished dish that looked, and most importantly, tasted exactly like the kind of meatloaf we all grew up eating. Too many ‘healthy’ meatloafs just don’t cut it in the flavor department, but not this one.. packed with fresh herbs and a few other simple ingredients, its really amazing; nobody will guess its a ‘healthier’ alternative to the heavy dense stuff that gets passed off as healthy meatloaf.
NOTE: This recipe has a few variations, depending on your choice of protein(s). All work great, but have slightly different flavors. You can use any of the following for the meat; just adjust to your taste and preference. 1) all lean, 4% fat ground beef. 2) a mix of equal parts 4% and 8% ground beef. 3) a mix of ground beef and ground turkey breast (ground breast meat, not basic ground turkey.. that’s got too much fat). 4) All ground turkey breast meat.
Makes one very large (and not cheap if you are using 4% fat meat) meatloaf.. approx 5lbs when cooked. This recipe can easily be halved (just cut all ingredients in half), for a more ‘normal’ size meatloaf.
RECIPE LEVEL: EASY
3 cups onions (2 large onions), chopped fine (it will look like a lot when chopping but they melt down into the dish)
Non-stick cooking spray (Pam etc.)
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp fresh chopped Thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried)
5 Tbl. A1 Steak Sauce, or Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 Tbl. tomato paste
5 lbs ground meat (4% ground beef, 8% ground beef, ground turkey breast, or a mix of these – see note above)
1 cup quick cooking oats
4 egg whites (if using liquid egg whites, use 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup ketchup (Heinz Low Sugar is perfect) plus a good squeeze to top meatloaf before baking
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a medium saute pan, over high heat, cook the chopped onions, salt, pepper and Thyme until translucent, but not browned; approx 10 minutes. Add A1 or Worcestershire Sauce, chicken stock and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Combine the ground beef/turkey or combo, quick oats. ketchup, eggs and onion mixture in a large bowl. Kneed gently with your hands (hands are made for this and work great.. way easier than a spoon or anything else). Spray 9×13″ baking pan with non-stick vegetable spray and place meatloaf mixture in pan.. mounding up slightly at center. Squeeze a bit more ketchup over the top and spread a thin layer to cover. Bake for approx 1.5 hours, until a meat thermometer registers 160 deg. internal temperature. Remove from oven and drain any meat juices that have rendered out and throw away; let rest about 30 minutes. Slice and weigh for individual portions.
This makes a LOT of meatloaf.. and is great the next day; just refrigerate any leftovers… reheat and you are set to go; To make a great old style meatloaf sandwich, slice a few ounces and place between Ezekiel bread, lettuce, tomatoes and your favorite low cal/fat/carb condiments.