Meatloaf from the Waldorf-Astoria

"I've been using this recipe from chef John Dougherty at the Waldorf for 18 years. It's Dh's favorite, especially cold in a sandwich with lots of Dijon mustard. This recipe is easily doubled and can serve 40 at a buffet."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins




  • Trim crusts from bread and cut slices into 1/2" dice, put in large bowl and add milk and tomato puree, let soften while preparing vegetables.
  • In skillet heat oil, saute onions until softened, add bell peppers and garlic, increase heat and saute until peppers are softened but still brightly colored and onions are golden.
  • Mix bread in bowl, add vegetables, meats, and remaining ingredients except bacon.
  • The meatloaf can be made a day ahead and refrigerated at this point.
  • Form loaf on rimmed baking sheet, arrange bacon crosswise over meatloaf and tuck edges underneath, bake at 375° for 70 minutes or until internal temp is 180°F, remove from oven and pour off grease, let stand 10+ minutes before slicing.

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  1. I made the whole recipe but froze half before cooking to have for another night's dinner. A little more work and more ingredients than my usual meatloaf, but it has a lot of flavor. Thanks, sugarpea!


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