There is nothing new or hip about meat loaf. It isn't fancy. It isn't showy. It can be considered downright dowdy.
And yet, many of us crave meat loaf. Why? Because a good meat loaf is invested with nostalgia and a love for Mom's cooking, one of the most crave-inducing meals in a home cook's repertoire.
In our quest for the best meatloaf recipe, we received 150 submissions and tested nearly a dozen. The recipes that caught our eye were those with unusual or assertive seasonings and good glazes or toppings. The meat loaves we liked best were those draped in bacon or coated with a thick, tomato glaze, both of which kept the loaf moist and provided additional flavor. Our favorite, Meat Loaf With Tomato Relish, was a delicious loaf larded with ground pork and topped with a flavorful tomato sauce and bacon. Any meat loaf lover would love to sit down with a big slice of that.
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