Over the years, meatloaves have been dressed up and down every which way. Our goal was to make meatloaf special again, which we did by combining pork and beef and using a panade to add structure.
Why This Recipe Works
Cutting ground beef with an equal portion of sweet ground pork balances the beefy flavor. We flavored our Glazed Meatloaf with traditional seasonings: salt, pepper, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, parsley, sautéed onion, and garlic. To add moisture and structure, we used a panade (paste) of milk and saltines (rather than bread), which provided a mild saltiness. Combining the panade in a food processor and then pulsing it with the meat gave the loaf the most cohesive, tender structure.
To evaporate the surface moisture that was inhibiting the formation of a crust, we broiled the loaf prior to baking and glazing with brown sugar and ketchup. This worked beautifully, and the browned crust gave the glaze—applied twice for extra effect—something to hang onto.