Glazed All-Beef Meat Loaf (Cook's Illustrated)

Recipe by threeovens
READY IN: 1hr 45mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place oven rack in center of oven.
  • Prepare your cooking pan by placing a cooling rack over a baking pan with sides, then cover with aluminum foil; poke small holes every half inch or so and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place the grated cheese on a plate and place in the freezer until ready to use.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat, add butter and cook until foamy; add onions and celery, cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to caramelize, about 8 minutes.
  • Add in garlic, thyme, paprika; cook, stirring, about a minute.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in tomato juice; transfer to a small bowl and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and broth; sprinkle with the gelatin and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Stir in soy sauce, mustard, saltines, parsley, salt, pepper, and the onion mixture; crumble frozen cheese over top.
  • Add ground beef and mix with hands until combined.
  • Transfer meat mixture to prepared foil lined pan and form into a 10 x 6 inch loaf (it should be about 2 inches high).
  • Bake to an internal temperature of 135 to 140 degrees F, about 55 to 65 minutes; remove from oven and set oven to broil.
  • Meanwhile, combine glaze ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer.
  • Stir until syrupy, about 5 minutes.
  • Spread half the glaze over the meatloaf and broil until bubbly and beginning to brown at the edges; repeat with remaining glaze.
  • Let sit 20 minutes before slicing.