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Meatloaf in Paradise

Posted by Peggy on February 2, 2010

Meatloaf in Paradise
Recipe: Meatloaf in Paradise


  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs or panko (Japanese bread flakes)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef*
  • 1 cup (Heinz) chili sauce or ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. Soften bread crumbs in milk until milk is absorbed; result should be paste-like. With a fork, combine crumb mixture with egg, cheese, parsley, garlic, onion, carrot, salt and pepper. Thoroughly combine ground beef into mixture.
  3. Liberally grease a loaf pan. Form mixture into prepared pan and cover with parchment paper or foil. Bake 45 minutes.
  4. Remove meat loaf from the oven. Slide a rubber spatula along edges of loaf pan the invert onto a baking sheet.
  5. Combine chili sauce or ketchup, brown sugar and Dijon and spoon over exposed top and sides of loaf; return to oven for 20-30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 160˚.
  6. Cool 15 minutes, cut into slices and serve.

*In general, good meat loafs incorporate several grinds such as pork, veal, beef, or turkey. With this recipe, however, using 100% beef tastes best with the flavor of cheddar. I use an 80/20 grind. Using 100% turkey is delicious, too.

Active time: 20 minutes

Bake time: apx 60 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 6

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