Sweet Balsamic Meat Loaf

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Tonight I made my boys Meatloaf for dinner.  I didn’t want to hear “meatloaf again,” so I thought I would try something different.  Awhile back I made a Balsamic Vinegar glaze for a pork tenderloin and thought….why not on meatloaf?  So that’s what I did.  And by the clean plates afterwards, I would say it was a success.  Below I will walk you through what I did and what I used!  I hope you try and enjoy this recipe!

Sandie


Here are the ingredients I used, well most of them…. I forgot to put the bread and milk in the picture and I decided last minute to add a carrot.  Go figure!

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To start with I warmed up 1 cup of milk in the microwave, about 1 1/2 minutes, broke up 4 slices of plain white bread in a bowl (I might try multi-grain next time!) and then mixed them together.  I mixed and smushed until it sort of looked like mashed potatoes.  Set aside. (You will see what I mean about how it looks in the next picture)

Next you want to add the 2 lbs. of ground meat (I used 1 lb. of lean ground beef and 1 lb. of ground pork), the 3 eggs, 1/4 cup Ketchup ,1 chopped onion, 1 grated carrot, 2 or 3 Tbsp. Garlic powder and the smushed bread and milk mixture to a large mixing bowl.

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Mix this all together with a wooden spoon until well blended.

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Now comes the fun part, and a great way to alleviate stress if needed.  You are going to beat the crap out of the mixture with your fists until it sticks together into a sort of ugly ball.  I punch it, lift it out of the bowl and slam it back in.  It can be a whole lot of fun too, even if like me, you don’t even eat meat lol!!!

Shape into a loaf, or two depending on how big your loaf pan is, or you can even just put the big, ugly ball in a roasting pan if you like the rustic look!

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This is where you make the glaze.  All you need to do is whisk together 1 1/2 cups of water, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 3/4 cups of brown sugar and 3 Tbsp. Soya Sauce into a large microwaveable measuring cup. Cook in one minute increments on high until thickened, stirring after each minute until it is thickened to the consistency of honey.

Pour about a third of it over the meatloaf, making sure to spread over the whole thing. (You will notice that I place my loaf pan onto a foil lined cookie sheet.  This is just me being proactive, just in case it were to splatter a bit in my still new oven lol)

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Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, spread again with glaze and return to oven for another 45 minutes.  When cooked, reheat the remaining sauce and drizzle over meatloaf when served.

I served with garlic bread, mashed potatoes and green beans!

Enjoy!


Recipe:

Sweet Balsamic Meat Loaf

Preparation Time: 15 minutes  Servings: 4   Cook Time: 90 minutes

Ingredients:

For Meatloaf:

  • 2 lbs. Ground Meat (I used lean beef and pork)
  • 4 Slices White Bread
  • 1 Cup Milk, warmed
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 Medium Carrot, grated (optional)
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup

For Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Soya Sauce

Directions:

For Meat Loaf:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease sides of loaf pan only.
  2. Warm 1 cup of milk in the microwave, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Break up the 4 slices of plain white bread in a bowl.
  4. Add warmed milk to bread, mixing and mashing until the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  5. With a wooden spoon, mix together the ground meat, eggs, Ketchup, chopped onion, grated carrot, Garlic powder and bread and milk mixture to a large bowl until well blended.
  6. Punch meat mixture, lift it out of the bowl and drop back into bowl until it forms a ball.
  7. Shape into a loaf, (or two depending on how big your loaf pan is), or just put the ball in a roasting pan for a rustic look.

For Glaze:

  1. Whisk together water,  balsamic vinegar,  brown sugar and Soya Sauce in a large microwaveable measuring cup.
  2. Cook in one minute increments on high until thickened, stirring after each minute until it is thickened to the consistency of honey. About 3 minutes.

To Cook:

Pour about a third of the glaze over the meatloaf, making sure to spread over the whole loaf.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, spread again with glaze and return to oven for another 45 minutes. Slice meatloaf.

Once sliced and arranged on plate, reheat the remaining sauce and drizzle over meatloaf.

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