Some days you need comfort, a big hug, and the ultimate home cooked comfort meal. Meatloaf paired with green beans, sweet potatoes, red wine, and chocolate chip cookies is that for me. There is nothing in this world like a home cooked dinner made with love.
We have all had this meal, or subtle variations. This meatloaf isn’t the stuff you got at the cafeteria at school. Here are no “hidden vegetables” in this loaf. It doesn’t need bacon (of which I am normally a major fan) to make it better. On its own this meatloaf is full of flavor and moisture. It is a bit sweet, a bit spicy, and topped with a simple glaze.
Wine Pairing with Meatloaf
Meatloaf really needs red wine. I mean, there are rules for a reason. This is one of those reasons. Yes, by all means, drink what you want. But I promise that virtually any red wine would be better than a chardonnay or riesling.
Meatloaf like this needs something to compliment its salty-sweet nature, and to cut through the fat. A bold, fruity red with medium body and acidity is really outstanding. My recommendations include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Dolcetto, Barbera, Malbec, Shiraz, Cotes de Rhône, Montepulciano, Valpolicella, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, or Tannat to name a few.
I chose a dry red blend that has been much hyped. And its utterly worthy of that hype!
- 🗺 From Lodi, California
- 🍇 Blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono with an 15.2% ABV
- ⏰ French and American oak barrels, 30% new
- 👁 Dark Ruby
- 👃🏼 Aromas and flavors of: cherry, plum, blueberry, black pepper, nutmeg, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee
- 👅 Dry, medium high body, medium acid, medium tannins, long finish with additional vanilla and chocolate notes.
- 📝I decanted this for an hour while I made dinner. Opened even more as the night went on. Really stunning for $49.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup cracker crumbs about 1/2 sleeve, or bread crumbs will work
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
- 1 medium onion diced finely
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tbsp italian seasoning
- 1/2 tbsp parsley flakes
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper or 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 cup cheddar shredded
- 2 pounds meatloaf mix or ground beef (leaner 90%)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp steak sauce
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large rectangular casserole or high rimmed metal pan with foil.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together cracker crumbs and milk. Set aside while chopping the onion and garlic and gathering the rest of the meatloaf ingredients. Add eggs and worchestershire sauce to the milk and crumb mixture and stir. Add onions and garlic. Stir in spices and cheese. Finally, add the meat and incorporate gently but evenly.*Its best to use your hands to mix in the meat, but a spatula will work. Be careful to not over mix though! This is why I mix all the rest first–I want a even distribution of flavors without overworking the meat.
- Plop the meat onto the center of the prepared pan. Shape into a brick shape approxmately 5 inches wide, 9 inches long, and 1 inch tall.
- Prepare glaze by mixing all ingredients well together in a small bowl. Pour about half the glaze over the top of the meatloaf and brush evenly.
- Bake loaf for 45 minutes. Add and distribute the rest of the glaze, and bake an additional 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes befopre slicing.
- Serve with steamed green beans and sweet potato (or mashed potatoes), etc.