Big Mike's Meatloaf with Maple-Balsamic Glaze

Is there any better comfort food than meatloaf? Simple, yet satisfying, this is a great weeknight meal that is easy to prepare.

This recipe is from my personal repertoire. It is a big loaf (approximately 2#). I hand form the loaf in a cast iron or steel pan, but if you have a loaf pan big enough than by all means use it.

The Maple-Balsamic glaze is a twist on the normal ketchup glaze, and makes a tasty glaze that sweet, spicy and tangy.


Big Mike's Meatloaf with Maple-Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 1.5# ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 c ketchup
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • bread crumbs
  • 3 T parsley
  • 1 T maple syrup (or honey)

Directions:

1. Saute onion, carrot and garlic in oil until soft and just beginning to brown. Remove from pan and cool completely in refrigerator.


2. Combine beef, cooled vegetables, salt, pepper, oregano, 1/4 c ketchup, 1 T balsamic vinegar, and egg. Mix thoroughly with enough bread crumbs to make a solid loaf.


3. Mix remaining ketchup, vinegar and syrup to make the glaze.


4. Put the meat mixture in a baking dish and hand form a loaf. Spread glaze all around outside of meatloaf.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours until done.

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