Homemade Savory Spiced Meatloaf-The Little Shop of Olive Oils

Homemade Savory Spiced Meatloaf


  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef (or a mix of beef and pork)
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 large Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Traditional Dark Balsamic Vinegar, divided
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • Parsley for garnish (chopped)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • In a skillet, heat EVOO over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • In a small saucepan, simmer ½ cup of balsamic vinegar over medium heat until reduced to a thick syrup, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in milk.
  • Add the ground meat, cooled onion and garlic mixture, ½ cup of balsamic vinegar (or the balsamic reduction if using), eggs, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix the ingredients gently but thoroughly, avoiding overmixing as it can make the meatloaf tough.
  • Transfer the mixture to a baking dish or a lined baking sheet and shape it into a loaf.
  • In a bowl, mix together ketchup, the remaining ½ cup of balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar.
  • Spread half of the glaze over the meatloaf.
  • Place the meatloaf in the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, remove the meatloaf from the oven and spread the remaining glaze over it.
  • Return it to the oven and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • Once done, let the meatloaf rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • Serve the slices warm with your favorite sides.
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