This Barefoot Contessa meatloaf recipe is a crowd favorite! Read on for Ina Garten's meatloaf recipe, tips and tricks.
Most of us probably grew up eating meatloaf for dinner at least a few times a year, if not every month. And is there anything better than a tasty meatloaf sandwich at a down-home restaurant?
As it turns out - yes! The Barefoot Contessa meatloaf recipe is all the flavor and nostalgia you remember from your favorite childhood comfort food.
Ina Garten's meatloaf recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor. Below are all the tips you need to make this delicious sheet pan meatloaf recipe!
If you want to recreate the meatloaf of your childhood memories or your favorite diner meal, you’ve come to the right place! Making the perfect meatloaf at home with the Barefoot Contessa meatloaf recipe is easy.
You don’t even need to use a loaf pan, unless you prefer it. Instead, you can simply shape the meatloaf with your hands and bake it on a sheet pan.
What is Meatloaf Made Of?
To hold the meatloaf together, you'll need some form of bread, bread crumbs, crackers or oats. Use this, along with milk or water and eggs, as a binding agent when mixing the meatloaf.
You can top the meatloaf with a simple glaze, gravy or even wrap it in bacon. For this meatloaf recipe you use a combination of ketchup and steak sauce to create a very easy glaze.
If you want to make turkey meatloaf, read our tips for making a moist turkey meatloaf. It's also super delicious!
Ingredients for Meatloaf
To make the Barefoot Contessa meatloaf recipe, you will need:
- 2 pounds Ground Beef
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
- 1 cup Diced Onion, About 1/2 a large onion
- 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
- 2 tablespoons Milk
- 2 tablespoons Ketchup
- 2 tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce
For the Glaze:
- 3 tablespoons Ketchup
- 3 tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce
Best Meat for Meatloaf
It's important to use a leaner ground beef when meating meatloaf. While fat can add a lot of flavor, in a dish like meatloaf the excess fat will result in a greasy, rubbery meatloaf.
Chances are if you've had a meatloaf recipe you didn't love, it's because it wasn't made with the right kind of beef! A leaner beef like 85% lean ground beef or 90% lean ground beef is the way to go when making the Barefoot Contessa meatloaf recipe.
Some people assume that using lean ground beef will result in a dry meatloaf. That's actually not the case!
Ina Garten's meatloaf recipe calls for ketchup, steak sauce, milk and egg and lots of finely chopped onion. The combination of all of those ingredients is a mosit, flavorful meatloaf that you'll want to make time and again.
How to Make Meatloaf
1. Add all ingredients (ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, milk, 2 tablespoons of ketchup and 2 tablespoons of steak sauce) to a mixing bowl.
2. Gently mix everything together using a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula until it's mostly combined.
3. Continue mixing everything together until all of the ingredients are well incorporated. You may find it easier to mix everything together with your hands, being sure to wash your hands well after working with raw meat.
4. Turn meat mixture out onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Gently shape the beef into a loaf shape in the center of the pan for nice, even cooking.
5. Bake at 375°F for about 40 minutes. In the meantime, mix the remaining ketchup and steak sauce together in a small dish. Remove the meatloaf from the oven, glaze the top with the ketchup and steak sauce mixture then bake for another 10 minutes or until the internal temperature is 155° F
6. Remove from the oven and allow the meatloaf to rest for ten minutes before serving.
Check out these meatloaf recipes for ideas:
- Stuffed Meatloaf
- Gluten-Free Teriyaki Meatloaf
- Cheddar-Stuffed Florentine Meatloaf with Creamy Potato Gravy
- Barefoot Contessa Turkey Meatloaf
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