Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Best Ever Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze

The Best Ever Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze - our family favorite meatloaf!  Moist and delicious, this simple recipe comes together quickly and freezes perfectly.  I bake one and portion it out, freeze it and pull it out as we want to eat it...  Which is pretty often.

Not to mention this makes for the best meatloaf sandwiches I have ever eaten.

At long last, Chad finally gets his favorite meal.  Yes, I know how shocking it is that out of all the fabulous Italian food and flavors that I provide him, he is still a Midwest meat and potatoes man.  No matter what I do that is who he is, meat and potatoes with a side of corn and he is surely in heaven!!!

So, I couldn't create a meatloaf that didn't have a little Italian flair.  Magic ingredient: Balsamic vinegar!  The glaze on top consists of ketchup (I know, but it is delicious), balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.  The last 15 minutes of cook time are spent uncovered and the glaze just caramelizes and becomes this incredible flavor!  I have to say I love my Mom's meatloaf, but this is miles away from her recipe (I hope to share that some day too!).

Munchkin loves this meatloaf too, but likes the meatloaf mixed with mashed potatoes.  Chad likes this served with a side of Spicy Baked Brown Rice.  I like it anyway I can eat it.  I like it straight out of the pan, served with a potato or rice, with a vegetable and especially served cold on some delicious Milk and Honey White Bread.

Tonight we ate it with a side of green beans garlic olive oil and it was perfect.  Chad of course had his with rice.  You didn't think he ate green beans, did you?

Dinner's Ready!

With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO


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Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze
1 pound 93% lean beef
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I use Italian)
1/2 cup 2% milk
4 tablespoons ketchup, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 large egg
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350° (for glass or dark roasting pan).  Add 25° if you are using a light colored pan.

In a large bowl add beef, bread crumbs and milk.  Pouring milk directly over bread crumbs.  Add 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and your spices. Set aside.

In a small bowl, crack egg and beat it slightly.  This helps prevent overworking the meat while combining, resulting in a tougher meatloaf.  Add egg to large bowl with meat mixture.  Combine well with hands, do not overwork the meat mixture.

Form meatloaf in bowl, into a loaf form and then transfer to a roasting pan (I use glass).  Free form into a loaf shape.  You may notice cracks in the loaf.  Run your hands under warm water and then across the meatloaf to smooth the cracks out.  Set meatloaf aside.

In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar.  Mix well with a fork.  

Apply glaze evenly to the top of your meatloaf.

Cover pan with aluminum.  Place meatloaf in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Sides should be lightly browned when ready to uncover foil.

Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Allow to rest uncovered for 10 minutes.  Slice and serve with your favorite sides!

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian 
Copyright ©2013 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published on August 10, 2011


  1. It's nice to meet you and thank you for visiting over at "Snippets". I had to chuckle when I read your post about meatloaf. My husband loves meatloaf, potatoes, and a vegetable. His family is from the heartland, Missouri, and many dinners at his house were meatloaf when we were dating. I have to admit, it is delicious!

  2. I love this glaze on the meatloaf. I do something similar but with a bit of bbq sauce ingredients to liven things up. I need to try this version though. Isn't meatloaf so comforting!

  3. I think meatloaf is one of the best things you can make for a family. And it makes the very best leftovers!! We love meatloaf sandwiches! I like your glaze idea - I usually just stick with plain ketchup! I also use a combination of meat: turkey, pork, beef.

  4. Looks delicious and I love the added Italian flair!
    Your pictures look really great, too, Donna!

  5. Gorgeous meatloaf, Donna. I don't even remember the last time I made one. It sounds good!

  6. oh my word!! we love meatloaf - sounds incredible :)
    Sam @ fitness food & faith (giveaway today!)

  7. Sounds like such a gourmet meatloaf, yum! Thanks, Chris

  8. What a great idea. It's so fun to take a classic recipe and give it an update!

  9. What is it about men and meatloaf? My husband LOVES meatloaf. May have to give this one a try because it looks wonderful. I am very intrigued by the balsamic glaze - nice!

  10. Ive been looking for THE meatloaf recipe for far too long, and this looks like it might just be the one for me! So moist, they have a habit of looking dry and crumbly n thats just not on hey :) gorgeous recipe, thank you!

  11. The meatloaf is savored with love. It gives me an idea to prepare that for our morning anniversary celebration on saturday

  12. I freaking love meatloaf. I'm so classy =P

  13. There is something about meatloaf with a sweet tangy glaze. When love that this has a balsamic glaze...yum!

  14. We ate this delicious recipe tonight! I made one adjustment to the glaze because I knew my husband wouldn't like the vinegary taste (I just added three drops of Liquid Smoke). The meatloaf was perfect and moist. He said it was a keeper!

  15. I'm trying this this weekend!! I've been looking for a great meatloaf recipe. Looks fabulous.

    1. Awesome Emma! Enjoy and Let us know how it goes!

  16. I think meatloaf is a favorite in most families. I love the balsamic vinegar addition. Will have to try this. My husband is also a meat and potatoes guy. Does your husband spread his corn on top of his mashed potatoes? Ha He'll even top that with some gravy.

    1. Actually I am the culprit . I mix my mashed potatoes and corn with gravy. Its like a soup. It freaks him out. LOL THanks for stopping by.

  17. Yummy looking meatloaf! I love your food blog & just bookmarked it for the future explore. Will try with your recipe soon!

  18. can you use the heinz balsamic ketchup insteadof regular ketchup and balsamic vinagar?

  19. MEATLOAF??? DID SOMEONE SAY MEATLOAF??? Give me a fork and I'm all over it!! Thank God our Mama's know how to make this comfort food!! My Mother is gone now and I sure do miss her and her delicious cooking!!

    I love collecting meatloaf recipes and this one is going in that collection!! Pinning it!!

  20. I am excited to try this. We aren't big meatloaf eaters, but several years ago I had some with a balsamic glaze at a restaurant while traveling. It was divine and stuck with me enough to think about trying to replicate it. This will surely get tried out soon.


  22. I must have the only husband on the planet that HATES meatloaf. I love it and make it and love the next day sammys! I have tried every meatloaf recipe just about on the planet and he just will not eat it. He will take a bite and shake his head.

  23. I'm sorry but this is the worst meatloaf I've ever eaten. I won't make this again. way too much milk for 1 lb of ground beef, I ended up with mush. wasted a whole pound of expensive ground beef. most of your other recipes are pretty good, had other failures following a recipe exactly to the letter.

    1. You must have done something wrong or changed the recipe Anonymous. I made this and it was great!

  24. This is the best meatloaf I have ever eaten. It is perfect just as it is written and way more moist than it looks in that picture. My family is already asking me to make it again. Thank you for another amazing recipe.

  25. Oh was wondering if you could chop up some onion and green pepper?

  26. In the oven at this very moment!


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