Meat Loaf With Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze
ready in: 1-2 hrs
recipe id: 84477
cook method: stovetop, oven
Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze
1/2 cup ketchup or chili sauce
4 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons cider or white vinegar
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
1/2 cup whole milk or plain yogurt
2 pounds meat loaf mix (50 percent ground chuck, 25 percent ground pork, 25 percent ground veal)
2/3 cup crushed saltine crackers or quick oatmeal
1 1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
8 slices thin-sliced bacon (more as needed, depending on loaf shape)
For the glaze: Mix all ingredients in small saucepan; set aside.
For the meat loaf: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in medium skillet. Add onion and garlic; saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool while preparing remaining ingredients.
Mix eggs with thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper sauce, and milk or yogurt. Add egg mixture to meat in large bowl along with crackers, parsley, and cooked onion and garlic; mix with fork until evenly blended and meat mixture does not stick to bowl. (If mixture sticks, add additional milk or yogurt, a couple tablespoons at a time, until mix no longer sticks.)
Turn meat mixture onto work surface. With wet hands, pat mixture into approximately 9 x 5-inch loaf shape. Place on foil-lined (for easy cleanup) shallow baking pan. Brush with half the glaze, then arrange bacon slices, crosswise, over loaf, overlapping slightly and tucking only bacon tip ends under loaf.
Bake loaf until bacon is crisp and internal temperature of loaf registers 160 degrees F, about 1 hour. Cool at least 20 minutes. Simmer remaining glaze over medium heat until thickened slightly.
Slice meat loaf and serve with extra glaze passed separately.
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