With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Barefoot Bloggers ~ Individual Meat Loaves

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Barefoot Bloggers ~ Individual Meat Loaves

Time for cooking with the Barefoot Bloggers!
Now, I have been married for a lot of years and I have made many a meatloaf. Early on I made ones that included apples. I loved it, the kids hated it. I have made recipes that used oatmeal... good too. I have made many that were so-so. But, then I found one that is unanimously a favorite with our whole family. (I will share soon) So, I was less than excited when our Barefoot Contessa recipe was another meatloaf.
As you can see, these are individual sizes ~ a little too large a portion for our family but no big deal.
(I halved the recipe which yields 6 servings)
They baked up nicely and looked cute in the serving dish sitting side by side.
In my opinion, the addition of fresh herbs lifted these meatloaves above average.
Ina's recipe called for fresh thyme.
John loves fresh rosemary, so that's where I went. It imparted a very nice, surprising taste.
Ina's recipe calls for 81% lean ground chuck, I used 85% ground round and I don't think it mattered that much in the flavor/texture.
The loaves were topped with ketchup before baking.
A nice meatloaf recipe that we enjoyed.

Individual Meat Loaves

2005, Ina Garten


  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions (3 onions)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup canned chicken stock or broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chuck (81 percent lean)
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs (recommended: Progresso)
  • 2 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (recommended: Heinz)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown. Off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork. Don't mash or the meatloaf will be dense. Divide the mixture into 6 (10 to 11-ounce) portions and shape each portion into a small loaf on a sheet pan. Spread about a tablespoon of ketchup on the top of each portion. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the internal temperature is 155 to 160 degrees F and the meat loaves are cooked through. Serve hot.


Leslie said...

i do love meatloaf, but my favorite recipe by far is to use stove top....1 lb of beef or turkey, 1 c water and 1 pkg stuffing....mix and bake. so yummy and so easy. i like the addition of the ketchup on top of yours...good idea

Amanda said...

This is a must add to my recipe file! Sounds like something my kids would really enjoy!

marie said...

Okay - now I'm real curious about the "leader of the pack"! I'll be watching for that recipe! : )

Thank you for sharing this one today!

onelovelygurl05 said...

These look yummy. I tried making the baked shrimp scampi and it came out awful for me. To save myself from the dissapointment this week, I think I'll stick to the Stouffer's meatloaf t.v. dinner.

Julie Harward said...

This so so strang, but I woke up this morning and I was dreaming about making meat loaf!!! I love it..I make individual ones by adding shredded carrots and i can't remember the rest, but I bake them in muffin cups. This looks so good! Come say hi :D

Lady Farmer said...

Like Marie, I would like YOUR recipe! Why settle for less than the best!

Ann said...

It looks really good. I love meatloaf, my kids always hated it. No matter how many different ways I tried to fix it they always groaned when I told them we were having meatloaf.

Mary Lou Rutledge said...

Would you believe that I had ground round thawed in my fridge and the rest will be history!
Thanks for letting me know what to do with it.
God's timing is perfect in every way.

kim said...

I love meat loaf and I will have to try that recipe.

Mary said...

This looks delicious. I've made INa's turkey meatloaf a try and liked it a lot. I'll have to try the version you recommend here. It really sounds tasty.

Mildred said...

I'm looking forward to your leader of the pack recipe! My John loves meatloaf and I have never found a recipe that compares to what he remembers from his grandma.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I am always looking for good meatloaf recipes. Thank you for sharing this one. I also appreciate Ina's good taste in recipes, which helps me know that if it is her recipe and you and your family like it...it goes in my file.


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