Food & Cooking

The Famous Man-Loaf

I got this recipe from Katie Lee Joel, Billy Joel’s now ex-wife. She featured this recipe on Oprah.
“I like to call meat loaf ‘man loaf’ because it’s every man’s favorite dish,” Katie says. “My husband loves when I make meat loaf, and it makes the best leftovers. We love it the next day on white bread with mayonnaise.”

  •  1 Tbsp. olive oil
  •  1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  •  1/2 medium green pepper, dicedmanloaf
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray lightly with oil, I use canola oil.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions, peppers, garlic and bay leaf until everything is tender, about 5 minutes. Lightly add salt & pepper.  Stir in the parsley and thyme and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and let the mixture cool. Discard the bay leaf.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the beef, eggs, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of ketchup, the Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and the cooled vegetables mixture. Use your hands to mix everything together (or spoon is the mixture is hot).
  4. Transfer the mixture to the center of the baking sheet or pyrex pan or corning ware, and form into a loaf. Coat the meat loaf with the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup.
  5. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the shape of your loaf), until the meat loaf is firm. Let set for about 5 minutes before slicing.



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