Classic Meat Loaf with Rosemary-Roasted Vegetables

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

In this easy recipe for an American classic, we’ve eliminated the need to pull out your loaf pans by creating two free-form meat loaves right on the baking sheet, alongside a hearty and colorful medley of root vegetables. Although this recipe calls for equal parts beef and pork, you can experiment with any combination of ground meats, including lamb, veal and turkey. Leftover meatloaf makes fabulous sandwiches.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Tbs. (3 fl. oz./80 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb. (500 g) ground beef
  • 1 lb. (500 g) ground pork
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 oz./15 g) fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g) tomato ketchup
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch (9-mm) pieces
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch (9-mm) pieces
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until softened, about 1 minute longer. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, remove from the heat and let cool.

In a bowl, combine the beef, pork, the onion mixture, the bread crumbs, egg, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Using your hands, mix until thoroughly combined. Divide the meat in half and, using your hands again, form two identical loaves, each about 10 inches (25 cm) long and 4 inches (10 cm) wide. Place the loaves on half of the baking sheet and spread the ketchup on top.

Pile the carrots and parsnips onto the baking sheet next to the meat loaves. Drizzle with the remaining 3 Tbs. olive oil and the rosemary, season well with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Spread the carrots and parsnips into a single layer. Bake, stirring the vegetables once about halfway through, until the vegetables are caramelized on the edges and fork-tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat loaves reaches 145°F (63°C), about 45 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the meat loaves to a cutting board. Cut the meat loaves into thick slices and serve with the vegetables. Serves 4 to 6.

Adapted from Williams Sonoma School Night, by Kate McMillan (Weldon Owen 2015)

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