Man-Catching Meat Loaf Recipe -
Man-Catching Meat Loaf Recipe

Man-Catching Meat Loaf

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"The meat loaf that made my boyfriend propose uses beef, veal, and Italian sausage."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms in the butter for 2 to 3 minutes; stir in the garlic, diced tomatoes, oregano, basil, ground mustard, curry powder, and red pepper; continue to cook until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are golden brown, about 5 minutes; set aside.
  3. Combine the beef, veal, sausage, egg, 3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup ketchup, mustard, and teriyaki in a bowl; mix gently with your hands. Fold in the mushroom mixture and breadcrumbs. Shape the resulting mixture into a loaf and move to a baking dish. Lay the bacon slices on top of the loaf.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  5. While the meat loaf bakes, prepare the glaze by whisking together the 1/3 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce, and yellow mustard in a bowl. Pour the glaze over the loaf and return to oven for another 10 minutes. Allow meat loaf to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 16, 2010

This rating is based on changes I made to the recipe, not the recipe as written. I cooked the bacon first, then removed from pan and drained most of the fat. I left about 1 T of fat to cook veggies in instead of butter. I reduced the diced tomatoes to only 1 C. Used 1.5 lbs of lean ground beef and omitted the veal and sausage. Mixed the cooked bacon in with the meat along with the egg and condiments. I reduced the spicy mustard to 1 T only because I ran out. Next time I make this, i will not bake the glaze on, I will use it as a sauce on top when serving. The sauce is yummy and I wish it was more evenly disbursed over the meat. Also, the sauce made draining the fat off the meatloaf difficult. Every time I tipped the pan to drain the fat, sauce would fall off and splatter, making a huge mess.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 21, 2008

This was delicious but my boyfriend didn't propose.


9 Ratings

Jan 01, 2008

awesome, better without the veal or the egg, also need to make sure the meats are extra lean...

May 12, 2008

I didn't use veal (just regular beef and italian sausage) or Worcestershire sauce, so my review is somewhat inexact. Reasons for three stars: * meatloaf came out too loose, I'd like it a bit firmer * cook time is too long - it turned out a bit on the dry side * it ended up with too much fat drippings - you HAVE TO use very lean meat, my oven was smoking toward the end of cook time * 3 tablespoons of mustard gave it "too much mustard" taste

Jan 11, 2008

My man loves meat loaf but he was not real enthusiastic about this recipe. Like the other reviews it was too loose and greasy. I liked the taste but I am big on presentation and a meatloaf that is not firm does not present well. The kitchen smelled great but the meatloaf could not live up to the promising smells, I was embarrassed. Three stars for tasting good.

Feb 28, 2015

This is good, no, this is great meatloaf. It stays moist and doesn't fall apart. It is tangy and smooth. The flavours are bursting with every bite. It has the right amount of everything. There are telephone books shorter than the ingredients list for this meatloaf I know. I even had to go to the grocery store twice just to get everything. Don't fret or give up, it is worth it. My husband didn't ask me to marry him though. It's not the meatloaf's fault. He was too busy stealing my portion. But then again, he did propose that I make another one for tomorrow. :-) Thank you Jesscat for your recipe.

Feb 21, 2012

I made this for my love on Valentine's Day. It was a great twist on regular meat loaf! The flavors were really nice and my boyfriend really enjoyed it. I used panko breading, however, since I didn't have any "regular" bread crumbs. I also omitted the mushrooms since my honey doesn't like them. I did take a note from the other reviews about the grease. I just poured the grease out before I put the glaze on and also before I was ready to serve it. The meatloaf itself was nice and tender and there was little to no grease left :).

Jan 12, 2014

As unpleasant as its name.


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  • Calories
  • 516 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 127 mg
  • 42%
  • Fat
  • 31.5 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 25.7 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 1742 mg
  • 70%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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