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Meatloaf is one of my favorite comfort foods and this is a really straight forward recipe for it. I like to use fresh breadcrumbs, which helps to keep the meatloaf moist. The addition of a layer of brown sugar, mustard and ketchup on top caramelizes nicely as it finishes in the oven and give the finished meatloaf a nice crust.

1 slice white bread
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, finely diced
2 tablespoons finely minced flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard, divided
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove crusts from bread and dice into coarse crumbs. Place in a bowl with milk and let soak until ready to use.
2. In a sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Allow vegetables to cool for about 5 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, combine cooled vegetables, parsley, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce and ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Gently remove bread from milk, squeeze out excess and add bread to bowl. Add enough egg to bind mixture together, about 1/2 of egg. Discard extra egg or save for later use. Gently mix with your hands until just combined. Do not overmix. Form mixture into an elongated loaf shape on a baking pan.
4. In a small bowl, combine remaining ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and mix until smooth. Using a pastry brush, brush glaze over entire top of loaf. Season with additional salt and pepper. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 slices, or 2 servings.


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