October 20, 2008

  • Makes: Serves 6-8.


canola or olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 1/2 - 2 lb. ground beef, bison or a combination of beef or bison and pork

1 cup bread crumbs or 1/2 cup crushed crackers or quick oats

1/2 cup tomato sauce or ketchup

1 large egg

1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

salt & pepper

Glaze (optional)

1/4 cup ketchup, tomato sauce or chili sauce

1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar

1 Tbsp. (15 mL) grainy mustard


1Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (if you want to do your loaf freehand - otherwise you can use a 9x5" loaf pan.

2Heat a drizzle of oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until soft. In a large bowl, combine the meat, sautéed onion and garlic, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together with your hands until it’s well-blended; just don't work it too hard or it could get tough. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape that’s roughly 9x5" on the baking sheet or press it into a 9x5" loaf pan.

3To make the glaze, stir together the ketchup, sugar and mustard in a small dish. Brush the loaf with half the glaze and bake for 30 minutes. Brush with the remaining glaze and bake for another 30-45 minutes. (If you have a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should read 160°F.) Let the meatloaf rest for about 15 minutes before you cut it.


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