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The Perfect Meatloaf

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MyCookbook Member: scudgal
Recipe Category: Beef
Recipe Preparation Level: moderate
    From the cookbook, "The Perfect Recipe"

    Perfect Meat Loaf Serves: 6-8

    If you like, you can double the glaze and omit the bacon topping from the loaf.
    Brush on half the glaze before baking, and the other half during the last
    15minutes of baking time.

    Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze

    * cup ketchup or chili sauce
    2 Tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
    2 teaspoons cider or white vinegar

    Meat Loaf

    2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
    1 teaspoon salt
    * teaspoon ground black pepper
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    * teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
    * cup milk, buttermilk or low-fat plain yogurt
    1 pound ground chuck
    * pound ground veal
    * pound ground pork
    2/3 cup quick oatmeal or saltine crackers crushed
    1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
    6-8 ounces thin-sliced bacon (8-9 slices)

    1. Glaze: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

    2. Meat Loaf: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Heat oil in a medium skillet. Add onion
    and garlic, and
    saute until softened, about 5 minutes; set aside to cool.

    3. Mix eggs with thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire, pepper sauce and
    milk or yogurt. In a large bowl add egg mixture to the ground chuck, ground veal
    and ground pork. Next add the oatmeal or crackers (depending upon what you have
    decided to add), parsley, cooked onion and garlic; mix with a fork until evenly
    blended and meat mixture does not stick to bowl. (If mixture does stick, add
    additional milk, a couple tablespoons at a time, and continue stirring until
    mixture stops sticking.)

    4. Turn the meat mixture onto a work surface. With wet hands, pat mixture into a
    loaf approximately 9x5 inches.

    5. To bake free-form: Cover a wire rack with foil; prick foil in several places
    with a fork to allow drainage. Place rack on a shallow roasting pan lined with
    foil for easy cleanup. Set formed loaf on rack. Brush loaf with all of glaze,
    then arrange bacon slices, crosswise, over loaf, overlapping them slightly and
    tucking them under the loaf to prevent curling.

    6. Bake loaf until bacon is crisp and loaf registers 160 F., about 1 hour. Cool
    for at least 20 minutes. Slice and serve.

    7. To bake in a loaf pan: Omit bacon and double glaze. Turn meat mixture into a
    loaf pan WITH a PERFORATED bottom, fitted with a drip pan. Use a fork to pull
    mixture away from pan sides. Brush mixture with half of the glaze. Bake until
    glaze is set, about 45 minutes. Brush with remaining glaze and continue to bake
    until second coat has set and loaf registers 160 F about 15 minutes longer.

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