Everyone loves meatloaf: it's easy, cheap, and delicious when made well, and there's nothing better than leftover meatloaf.  However, it's easy to come up with a dry, bland meatloaf undeserving of the name.  This recipe will solve your meatloaf problems for good: it's moist, delicious, and packed with flavor without overpowering the taste of good ground beef.

Despite the long ingredient list, this meatloaf is still quite speedy to assemble.  Feel free to tweak the ingredients and seasonings to fit your taste - all of my recipes are intended as a baseline or general guideline for you to use as a starting point.  I worked up this recipe by combining an old NYTimes recipe for Oliver Clark's Meatloaf (p. 554 of The Essential NYTimes Cookbook), my mom's recipe, and the contents of my refrigerator; it's going to be my own starting point over the next few years as well.  

This meatloaf gets high marks from both foodies like ewilhelm, and from hungry toddlers.  How can you go wrong?

Step 1: Tools & Ingredients

large mixing bowl
small fry pan
heatproof spatula
knife & cutting board
8x11 inch baking dish

small handful garlic (~10 cloves or to taste), finely minced
5 large white mushroom caps, stems removed, minced
1 1/2 onions, finely minced
1/2 onion, finely minced
3 Tablespoons cranberry dijon mustard (or regular dijon; this is just what I had)
1/2 cup ketchup
3 Tablespoons mayonnise
1/2 cup grated hard cheese (parmesan, dry jack, aged gouda, etc)
3 Tablespoons cream cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
5 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/3 cup dried breadcrumbs (I'm trying to use minimal breadcrumbs, but they help keep the loaf shape; you do need some)
1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
3 eggs
2 pounds ground beef (~85% fat)
1 pound ground pork or mild pork sausage meat
(This Instructable's pictures actually show a 5-pound meatloaf, but I've scaled down to a more normal-sized recipe.  Scale away to fit your pan and crowd.)

I think I'm going to try this tonight :D
Mmmmm. That was excellent. Had with roast sweet potatoes and some tasty greens.
Making another one tonight :)
another great recipe :) Can't wait to try it!
I was sent over here to check out your fabulous meatloaf recipe! Oh my goodness this recipe sounds too good to be true! Thanks for sharing. I will be trying this as soon as I pick up the ingredients! Thanks for sharing! <br>Sunshiine
This looks delicious. Makes me ashamed of my bachelor version one egg and two sleeves of saltines.
ever eaten meatloaf in my life, but my family and i are thinking abort trying it, and this looks good :)
Yay! Let me know how it goes.
will do :)
Are the mushrooms neccessary for the reciepe. And if so can you taste the mushrooms..<br>Hate Mushrooms ....<br>:)<br>Looks yummy though and being british have never tried it. Going to make it for me and the fiance one night after work :)<br>
By all means, skip the mushrooms! <br /><br />Though in this recipe, they're cut small enough that you're not really getting a bite of mushroom flavor; it's more that they add to the general umami flavor, and help keep the meatloaf moist. If you remove the mushrooms, I'd increase the quantity of sauteed onions by about half an onion.
Having eaten this, I wholly agree with the first paragraph.
That looks good. I would lean towards a heavy ketchup glaze myself, but I guess that's just me.
Yes, you and my dad are both ketchup fiends. I understand, but can't condone.

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