It’s commonly agreed that no one makes meatloaf quite like Mom. But our chefs will settle for second best by taking a page from her book and passing on this recipe that stays about as true to tradition as can be. These ground beef mini loaves are brushed with a ketchup glaze, served with tender roasted carrots and potatoes, and drizzled with an herby thyme gravy. If you’re a mom (or pop) who wants to claim this recipe as your own, don’t worry—we’ll stay mum.
/ serving 4 people
/ serving 4 people
Beef Stock Concentrate
Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mince or grate garlic. Grate one shallot into a large bowl. Halve, peel, and mince other shallot. Strip thyme leaves from stems; discard stems. Roughly chop leaves. Halve carrots lengthwise. Peel potatoes, then cut into long, thin sticks (like French fries).
Toss carrots with a large drizzle of olive oil and arrange toward one side of a baking sheet. Toss potatoes with a large drizzle of olive oil and arrange toward other side. Season both with salt and pepper. Roast in oven until tender and browned, 20-25 minutes total (we’ll
Add panko, beef, half the thyme, garlic, and a few dashes of salt and pepper to bowl with grated shallot (we used ¾ tsp kosher salt). Gently combine with hands, then shape mixture into four 1-inch-tall loaves.
After veggies have roasted 7-8 minutes, remove sheet from oven. Give veggies a toss. Place meatloaves on same sheet, then brush tops of loaves with ketchup. Return sheet to oven and continue roasting until meatloaves are cooked through, 15-18 minutes more. TIP: If there isn’t enough room on your sheet, you can add the meatloaves to a second sheet.
Melt 1 TBSP butter in a medium pan over medium heat. Add minced shallot and remaining thyme. Cook, tossing, until softened, 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle flour into pan, stirring vigorously to combine. Whisk in stock concentrates and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer and let bubble until thick and saucy, 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Slice meatloaves crosswise and divide between plates. Arrange veggies to the side. Spoon gravy over meatloaves and serve.