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Meatloaf with Sweet Onion Glaze

Meatloaf with Sweet Onion Glaze. A great old fashioned meatloaf recipe that stays moist and is complimented with the most delicious, easy to make, sweet onion glaze.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf with sweet onion glaze close up image of cut slice on serving platter.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf with sweet onion glaze

Of all the things I’ve ever cooked for her, my meatloaf is what Spouse most often requests. It is a very good standard recipe made even better with the addition of a sweet and spicy onion glaze.

With her other favorite, yesterday’s Rum and Raisin Ice Cream for dessert, I guess I have no fear of the doghouse for the time being…and they say the way to MAN’s heart is through his stomach… luckily I’m not sexist! 😉

Old fashioned meatloaf with sweet onion glaze. wide shot of complete meatloaf, sliced on serving platter

Old Fashioned Meatloaf with sweet onion glaze

A good, old fashioned, homemade meatloaf recipe is hard to beat and everyone needs a good standard version in their comfort food repertoire. This has been my standard recipe for at least the last 25 years but with a little recent updating; a great recipe s always an evolving thing.

This one stays moist and juicy and gets a major flavour boost from a tangy, sweet onion glaze. Some mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes is all it takes to complete one of the best comfort food meals ever.

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We began grinding our own beef quite a few years ago and it really makes so much difference in everything from great burgers to a proper, slow simmered Spaghetti Bolognese

We use a grinder attachment which is available for KitchenAid mixers. I always prefer a coarser grind for better texture.

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Coarse grind your own beef if possible or ask your butcher.

My favourite cut of beef to grind is a chuck roast (blade roast). You’ll discover that ground chuck has far, far more flavour than regular supermarket ground beef.

The other advantage, of course, is the ability to trim much of the fat if you want, resulting in a much leaner end product.

I do not, however, recommended this when making burgers. Very lean ground beef makes for very dry burgers unless you are going to cook them quite rare.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf with sweet onion glaze shown on seving platter with peas and carrots.

Old Fashioned Meatloaf with sweet onion glaze

If you liked this recipe be sure to check out another of our time tested, old fashioned family favourites, The Very Best Spaghetti & Meatballs!

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Yield: 8 servings

Meatloaf with Sweet Onion Glaze

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Meatloaf with Sweet Onion Glaze - a great old fashioned meatloaf recipe that stays moist and is complimented with the most delicious, easy to make. sweet onion glaze.

Ingredients

For the Meatloaf

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 ounces milk
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten

For the Sweet Onion Glaze

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, julienned
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup plain tomato sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp hot sauce, more or less to taste
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

For the meatloaf:

  1. Saute the garlic and red onion in the olive oil only until softened but not browned.
  2. Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk for a few minutes before adding to the ground beef.
  3. Mix together the Parmesan cheese, pepper, thyme, oregano, nutmeg and paprika. Mixing these together first helps to distribute the seasoning evenly through the meatloaf.
  4. Add to the ground beef and breadcrumbs along with the beaten egg and the sautéed onion and garlic.
  5. Combine all well and press into a medium to large sized loaf pan. It's a good idea to use a loaf pan that's a little larger than the amount of meatloaf mixture to allow for the addition of the glaze later. The pan I use is perfect. It gets filled to about ½ inch from the top rim.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 40 minutes.
  7. Drain excess fat from the loaf pan and add the sweet onion glaze.
  8. Return to oven for an additional 30-45 minutes. Drain excess fat again before serving.

For the Sweet Onion Glaze:

  1. In a small saucepan sauté the onion, garlic and olive oil for about 3 minutes until the onions soften but do not brown.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer slowly for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Notes

Any leftovers can be used for meatloaf sandwiches on toasted crusty bread or as we often do at our house, as paninis with the addition of some mozzarella or provolone cheese.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 448Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 105mgSodium 723mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 16gProtein 30g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Dee

Thursday 27th of August 2020

I made this yesterday and it was the BEST meatloaf we have ever had!!!!!! I give it a 10 star!!!!!!!!!

James

Sunday 24th of May 2020

Another great recipe. If you put this glaze on wood shavings I'd eat it. Thanks again for making me look like I know what I'm doing.

Kelly

Thursday 19th of December 2019

UNREAL how good this meatloaf is. This recipe is very different than my usual one, but I don't think I'll ever go back--this was absolutely DELICIOUS.

Joan Martin

Saturday 16th of November 2019

wonderful taste, also made it with a mushroom brown gravy as I am Diabetic. Both came out well & my family loved it. Thank you for the recipe !

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