Stovetop Braised Meatloaf

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Stovetop Braised Meatloaf, one pound of beef makes a delicious dinner for your family.
Stovetop Braised Meatloaf, no sauce needed.
I have searched for delicious meatloaf recipes for years! Meatloaf is so, well it's solid and thick and big. You know a big loaf of meat. When there are only a couple of folks eating, a regularly sized meatloaf lasts forever! Most meatloaf recipes are usually 2 pounds of ground meat, which will yield about a 3-pound loaf when you factor in the filler, eggs, milk, etc. 

That my friends is, a lot of meat loaf for two people to eat. We (OK, me really) are tired of it before it is gone. I can and do get creative, here are some examples:

I have made spaghetti sauce with leftover meatloaf,

I have sliced it and used it in a rice casserole in place of any other meat called for.

I have sliced it, covered it with a sauce/gravy and baked it again to represent it as a new dinner.

I have used leftover meatloaf for lasagna, hash with eggs, and sandwiches.

There are probably a few more creations, but I think you get a general idea. I myself do enjoy a sandwich of warm meatloaf on buttered bread with mustard. Add some pickles and a celery stick or two and you have a great lunch. A delicious sandwich, but one, maybe two in a week are plenty.

Then I found this recipe, for a stove-top braised meatloaf at Olla Podrida and what a great find it was! One pound of ground beef, braised on top of the stove, a richly flavored pan reduction. Yep, meatloaf heaven! And it is just the right size for small families. A meatloaf so good, it does not need catsup...(but use some if you like!).

Stovetop Braised Meatloaf
adapted from:  Olla Podrida

1 slice bread
2-4 T milk
1 pound lean ground beef
1 egg
1 T finely minced onion
1 T catsup (this touch of sweet will carry the rest of the flavors, you won't taste it separately)
1/2 t garlic salt
fresh pepper to taste ( 4-6 "grinds")
2 T dry bread crumbs
1/3 c Parmesan cheese
2 T finely chopped, ham or salami or  prosciutto or mortadella

1/2 - 3/4 c dry (fine) bread crumbs, plain or Italian flavored

1 T olive oil
1T butter

1/2 c dry white wine
1/2 c beef stock or water
1 small tomato, finely diced
1 small carrot grated ( if desired)
1 T minced onion (if desired)

Place slice of bread and 2 tablespoons of the milk in a skillet, warm gently, stirring until mixture is a creamy mass. You may need up to the full 4 tablespoons of milk, however, do not use more. Let cool.

Combine the cooled bread mixture and the remaining ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix together gently. On a large sheet of plastic wrap, turn meat mixture out and begin forming a log, approximately 2 1/2 inches thick. Wrap and chill for an hour or place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Stove-top Braised Meatloaf, seasoned with a touch of sophistication, a small batch recip

In a shallow bowl, add dry breadcrumbs. For ease, I cut the log in half to make the process of coating and browning easier. Coat the meat mixture in bread crumbs, taking care to maintain the meatloaf shape.

Heat butter and oil in a large shallow pan, saute meat loaf piece(s) until golden brown, turning to brown all sides. Take care to not break the loaf apart.

Stove-top Braised Meatloaf, seasoned with a touch of sophistication, a small batch recip
The added vegetables during the braising will add body and additional flavor to the pan sauce reduction.

Add wine, stock and diced tomato, carrot and onion if using, braise covered on low/simmer 1 hour. Remove from pan, set aside. Sieve pan drippings to remove skin and seeds from tomato and any other solids that you do not want in your reduced pan sauce. Skim fat, return to pan and boil down to concentrate and thicken. Serve the reduced pan sauce over the meatloaf or with mashed potatoes.


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  1. When I was growing up, I hated meat loaf. Hated it. I didn't learn to like it until I found a couple of really good recipes a while back. My favourite way to eat it though is meat loaf sandwiches. Yum! Just sitting here thinking about what cookbook to use for Cookbook Sundays!

  2. I have always loved meatloaf; but, yours looks better than any that I've ever had before. I'm going to give this a try. My husband will thank you because it's not "tomato-ey".

  3. This is not the meatloaf I am used to...but change is good...It sounds great.

  4. This looks good! I have never tried meatloaf before, now it's on my list to try! I think my family will like this. Thank you for sharing! And I'm looking forward to Cookbook Sundays!

  5. I love a good meatloaf and have experimented with a number of recipes. I'm intrigued by this one and I think I'll give it a try.

  6. I'm so happy to get this recipe. I rarely need a huge meatloaf. Plus I love the ingredients in this one.

  7. Another one to try. You are on a roll and I love it.

  8. Sounds like an excellent recipe to me. Thanks for sharing it with Hearth and Soul Hop.

  9. There are only three of us in our family so this is the perfect meatloaf recipe for us! I have never braised meatloaf before, only baked it, so I am interested to try your recipe. The flavours in it sure sound yummy. Thank you for sharing it with The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop!


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