Copyright 2005, Ina Garten. We made these instead of burgers for one of the "picnic, hamburger & hot dog" cookout holidays. We have a disadvantage here at the home, the resident's will ignore any food they don't recognize. So we tried these and they loved them! Yay! These are even good enough for company!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups chopped yellow onions
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leave
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄3 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 1⁄2 lbs 81% lean ground chuck
- 1⁄2 cup plain breadcrumbs (recommended Progresso)
- 2 extra-large eggs, beaten
- 1⁄2 cup ketchup (recommended Heinz)
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown. (We cooked ours longer, as we like them caramelized, 10-15 minutes).
- Off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork.
- DON'T MASH or meatloaf will be dense.
- Divide the mixture into 6(10-11 oz)portions.(That is what the recipe calls for but we made them about 4-6 oz).
- Then shape each portion into a small loaf on a baking sheet.
- Spread about a tablespoon of ketchup on top of each portion.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the internal temperature is 155º-160ºF and the meat loaves are cooked through.
- Serve hot.
Just made this last night for supper and it was outstanding!! Very moist and delicious! When I opened the little can of tomato paste to use in the first part of the sauce, I came up with an idea of how to use the rest of it in this recipe. Instead of using ketchup on the top, I mixed the remainder of the can of tomato paste, a little worcestershire sauce, and some brown sugar. I heated the mixture just a very few seconds in the microwave in order to melt the sugar, and put a spoonful on top of each meatloaf instead of ketchup. It added just the right touch of sweetness.
This was delicious! I added parsley to it. The loaves were two servings, and I think I'd like to double the number of "loaves" next time. They didn't really get brown and crusty on the outside but they sure tasted great! I served them with "smashed veggies" and it was a hit! Could have been a little less sweet.
Thought this was a great meatloaf. I'm meatloaf challenged, and I think it's because of the meat I use [less fat content]. The recipe turned out perfectly. I used dried thyme as a substitute. I also had to cook mine a little longer. Good mild tasting meatloaf, with good texture. Thanks for posting!