This outstanding meatloaf was a sensation from the moment it appeared on the menu at Venice Beach Restaurant 72 Market Street. A remarkably juicy and flavorsome meatloaf recipe made with ground beef and pork sausage, caramelized vegetables and vibrant spices. The crowning touch is the sweet and tangy glaze of tomato paste, vinegar and brown sugar.
As meatloaf recipes go, this one is hands down the best meatloaf I've ever tasted.
WHAT MAKES THIS MEATLOAF RECIPE SO GOOD?
- THE MEAT - Market Street Meatloaf uses a combination of ground beef and pork sausage. Sausage, with its delicious seasonings and good proportion of fat, brings lots of great flavor to this meatloaf. In addition, the sausage fat melts into the meatloaf as it bakes, basting it and keeping it tender and juicy.
- THE VEGETABLES - While most classic meatloaf recipes use raw chopped onions as the sole vegetable component, this meatloaf recipe uses 6 different vegetables: red and green peppers, onions, scallions, carrots, celery and garlic. And they don't go into the meatloaf mixture raw. They are finely chopped and sautéed in butter to bring out their best and sweetest flavors.
- THE SPICES - Most classic meatloaf recipes are seasoned with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce - a decent way to intensify the natural meaty flavor of meat but, in my opinion, nothing to write home about. This meatloaf goes outside the box with three different types of pepper - black, white and cayenne, nutmeg, cumin, and salt, with cumin predominating. The result is bright, vibrant flavors with a spicy kick - the perfect kind of seasoning for this rich meaty loaf.
HOW TO COOK MEATLOAF SO IT'S JUICY AND DOESN'T DRY OUT
I've adapted the original Market Street meatloaf recipe very slightly but the biggest change I made was to add a glaze. The New Basics recipe doesn't include gravy or a glaze and though I've enjoyed this meatloaf, unglazed, for decades, I also love how meatloaf tastes with a sweet and tangy tomato glaze slathered on top.
Feel free to omit the glaze if you wish - this meatloaf is wonderful with or without it. But if you like glazed meatloaf, this is a fantastic glaze.