Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze by Barefeet In The KItchen

If this is Winter, bring it on!   Sixty-two and sunny on February 23…..this must be what my friends in San Diego feel like all winter……sigh    We have had it way to easy this winter, not one real snowfall, and very few days dipping below freezing, but you know I keep waiting for that other shoe to drop.    We just can’t go through an entire winter without getting one good snow storm, and if Mother Nature  truly wants to be disagreeable, she still has the whole month of March to wreak havoc with our weather!  Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen.  Come on spring!

I think this faux winter has been getting to all of us at work, everyone’s just exhausted.  We hate to think its just old age, but some days lately work has seemed like work….and if that’s  a trend, that’s not good.

But you’re not here to listen to me ramble on, it’s Guest Post Friday, my favorite day of the Week!  I started really blogging this month two years ago, technically my blog began in November of 2009, but actually it really started in February of 2010 when I began posting on Foodbuzz.   Over the last two years, my travels through the blogosphere have brought me in contact with so many kind, caring, wonderfully talented bloggers, many of which I have come to know well and consider myself fortunate to call friend.

Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to one of those individuals, my friend Mary from Barefeet In The Kitchen.   Mary has been blogging for under a year, but you would never guess that by looking at all the incredible creations she shares on her blog.  Mary’s banner under her name reads,  Baking, Cooking, Learning and Playing in the Kitchen  and I don’t think a more accurate description could be made.  You may find a house full of beautiful children visiting with her, pictured on her blog, or one of those tasty treats she tempts us with, running  from soups to smoothies, or an occasional note written on a piece of fruit……. Baking, Cooking, Learning and Playing in the Kitchen, that really says it all!

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax, because it’s gonna feel like visiting  with an old friend, as I give you Mary and……….

Barefeet In The Kitchen

Meatloaf with a Balsamic Glaze

When I saw Chef Dennis’ name in my email, I just might have squealed. I have learned so much from him over the past year, as I stumbled my way into the world of food blogging. I’ve recently challenged myself to cook something new from a different country at least once a month. I’ve had a blast tracking down different ingredients and choosing new recipes to try.

In contrast to those fancier foods, there are still the recipes that are my family’s favorites. When I was a kid, my mom made meatloaf that consisted more of fillers than meat. With 10 mouths to feed, we joked freely that it was often hard to find the meat in the meatloaf. Carrots? check. Corn flakes? check. Bread crumbs? check. Oatmeal? check. Bananas? no, just seeing if you’re with me. So, when I tell you that this is not my mama’s meatloaf, I think she’ll understand.

As a newlywed, my husband told me that he liked meatloaf, a lot. I just stared at him and could not imagine ever making it for him. Wasn’t meatloaf that dry concoction that tastes a lot like carrots and not much like meat? Why would he like that? I have eaten meatloaf made by a couple of different people and still, I was not impressed. The idea of making it myself sounded absurd. Besides the fact that I didn’t love eating it, meatloaf isn’t fancy or pretty or glamorous, so why go to the trouble?

Then my friend mentioned that her mother in law had a fantastic meatloaf recipe that everyone in their family loved. So, I decided to give it a shot. The first time I made this recipe, well over ten years ago, my mom and a couple of my teenage brothers were visiting us. My husband told them that I was making meatloaf for dinner and one brother commented that he’d just eat some cereal later. After we stopped laughing, I told him he should try it. My brothers were bottomless pits at that time in their lives and really would have eaten anything, except meatloaf apparently.

At first bite, everyone at the table almost sighed. What? Meatloaf could be delicious? Who knew? Every person who has ever tasted this meatloaf has enjoyed it. This is one of my children’s favorite meals and there are actual cheers at the table when it appears.

My brother and my husband still joke today, “There is MEAT in the meatloaf.” And it is good! Flavorful, moist, and honestly delicious; if you are a meatloaf hater, this recipe just might convert you as well.

Meatloaf with a Balsamic Glaze

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Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 2 lbs ground beef, I prefer to use grass fed beef whenever possible
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sage
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • ¼ cup ketchup or tomato sauce (I like this homemade ketchup best of all)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all meatloaf ingredients in a bowl and then mix together with your hands - yes, it really is easier that way. Shape into a loaf form* and then place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  3. Stir together the glaze ingredients and spoon over the top of the meatloaf prior to baking.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees. I recommend using a thermometer to determine the cooking time initially. How long it needs to cook will be affected by the shape of the meatloaf.
* I like to shape mine relatively flat and oblong and it usually cooks in about 65-70 minutes. A more traditional 4x4x8 loaf will take about 90 minutes.


Wow, now that’s a meatloaf, thank you Mary!  I may have to borrow that recipe for school, I would love to get my girls to try meatloaf.  Ok, now before you forget, please head on over to Barefeet In The Kitchen and say hi to Mary (just remember to tell her Chef Dennis sent you)!  Make sure to give yourself enough time to browse through her recipes, I know you’ll find some new favorites to add to your must do list, and of course you also made a new friend today, and to me that’s the best part about blogging!

As always, thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful restful weekend, and if the weather is co-operating in your corner of the world, it certainly would be a good time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air… know, the kind that stimulates the appetite!

See you all soon!


  1. I LOVE meatloaf ! And that meatloaf sure looks very very delicious 😀 Yummy post , Mary and Chef Dennis ! 😉

  2. Happy “real” blogging anniversary, Chef Dennis! Congrats on two years. Thank you again for all that you contribute to the food blogging world!

  3. Your meatloaf is gorgeous, Mary!!! And I love the story that goes with it! Dennis, how wonderful to find Mary as your guest blogger today!

  4. wow, her site is gorgeous, I just added it to my reader… I love your guest posts, thank you for sharing them with us!

  5. meat loaf looks wonderful lovely guest post

  6. Mary,
    This is such a great meatloaf. I love the balsamic glaze. Will have to try the glaze on my next meatloaf. Actually your meatloaf recipe looks similar to mine. Great guest post.

    Congrats on two years of blogging. You are a mentor to so many of us. thanks for having another wonderful guest blogger.

  7. Dennis- But we like listening to you ramble. Muah!

    Mary- This is incredible. I have to admit I have trouble with meatloaf for some reason. This is sheer perfection. So glad to have you here at Dennis’s place today.

  8. Looks like a truly different kind of meatloaf 🙂 Lovely post!

  9. This looks just lovely! I am glad you are having such beautiful weather. Winter decided to come back where I live & it’s been snowing like crazy! Luckily the weather is still quite mild! I guess I’ll have to stick to my walks at the gym!

  10. Great guest post! Who knew meatloaf could look so good. I love the glaze on here too. My husband says he only liked his mom’s meatloaf and any time I mention that I was thinking about making it, he objects. I’ll keep this recipe in mind next time (and not tell him before hand that I’m making it!)

  11. I love Mary’s blog also, she always has wonderful recipes. This a yummy sounding meatloaf. Dennis, congratulations on 2 years of blogging.

  12. Terrific guest post, Dennis and Mary. I love meatloaf but I can’t get Mr. Hungry Couple to eat it. This recipe looks so good, though, that it might work. Heading over to check out Mary’s blog right now.

  13. This meatloaf is very inspiring…for no reason I realize i never cooked one! I’ll bookmark this recipe! thanks for sharing

  14. It’s not easy making meatloaf look good . . . but you sure did! This looks delectable.

  15. Ill have to say, we do make meatloaf with lots of ground veggies for health purposes but will try the glaze…it sound so good and she does have many great recipes on her site! Deb

  16. Funny how some people are meatloaf lovers or haters. I think it depends on the kind of meatloaf you grew up on. I just made some meatloaf last week with pan roasted vegetables, and a balsamic glaze. I like the oats in this recipe, will add that next time.

  17. I love a good meatloaf. It’s great on day one with a lovely baked potato and then it’s great as leftovers or sandwiches. Mmmmm

  18. Hi Mary, you did a lovely job! This is so funny because I just saw a very similar thing to this on the cooking channel yesterday with a throwdown with Bobby Flay. They did a meatloaf showdown and Bobby make a meatloaf with balsamic glaze. Looks awesome!

    Have a great weekend!

  19. How I love meatloaf! I make a very similar meatloaf to yours but I never added balsamic to the ketchup/brown sugar mixture. Oh how my mouth is watering. Can’t make this tonight (Lent) or tomorrow (big swim meet). So sad I must use will power until Sunday to enjoy this yummy dinner. Such willpower I will need! Thanks.

  20. Congrat on your 2 years and a fantastic guest post.

  21. What a fantastic post – SO enjoyed it – congrats Chef Dennis and I’ve been a proud follow of Barefeet in the Kitchen from the early days – fantastic meat loaf and lovely story~!
    Mary x

  22. Beautiful meatloaf Mary! I love that story as my Mom made an awful meatloaf, but my Mother-in-law had a great recipe we’ve made for 26 years now. My first visit to Chef Dennis – looks like a fun site – I’ll be back 🙂

  23. Happy 2nd blogversary ! I have enjoyed very much these two years of your generous sharing and loved all your guest posts and Ask Chef Dennis. This is another great guest post 🙂 Love the balsamic glaze. Thanks Mary for sharing such a flavorful and moist meatloaf.

    Have a great weekend to the both of you 🙂

  24. I am trying to get a bit more creative with meatloaf. This looks like a great recipe with a new twist.

  25. I love this meatloaf recipe! It’s a classic dish that never fails to make everyone happy everytime I make it. This is a good version that I must try soon. Great guest post, Mary! Thanks, Chef Dennis!

  26. Happy anniversary! I like the balsamic glace to the meatloaf!

  27. Fabulous recipe! Never had balsamic glazed meatloaf, sounds and looks out of this world good! Off to check out Mary’s website! Have a wonderful weekend you two! =]

  28. Hi Chef Dennis (and Mary), I just found your site via Prevention RD’s blog. Your recipes/photos look incredible, I’ve bookmarked and will be back often. My husband’s name is Dennis too….and I’d LOVE him to become “Chef Dennis 2”. HOPEFULLY he too will become inspired by your site!!!

  29. This definitely looks like an above average meatloaf! My husband also loves meatloaf but I rarely make it for him – I’ll need to try out this recipe! Great guest post 🙂

  30. It is 80 degrees in Phoenix today…my kind of winter! My husband is always asking for meatloaf and it’s definitely something that I never thought fit in with my food style, but this might just change my mind 🙂

  31. i have the exact same issue with disliking meatloaf and my husband loves it! i’ll have to try this one though, mmm the balsamic? sounds fabulous!

  32. I’m excited to try this meatloaf. Growing up I hated meatloaf, but then an ex-boyfriend’s mother gave me a recipe and I have loved it ever since. I would love to find another one so I can alternate. Hopefully this will be the one. I do use Grass Fed Beef as well. I think it adds flavor to the meat and it is much better for you. If you ever need a place to order your grass fed beef, try looking on the La Cense Beef website. I use them all the time and am always completely satisfied. Thanks for this recipe!!

  33. YUM! I could eat that for breakfast this morning, Mary. My favorite thing about meat loaf is the meat loaf sandwiches the next day. I usually make an extra loaf JUST to ensure there are enough leftovers.

  34. I love meatloaf and this version is such a great idea. I can’t wait to try!

  35. What a beautiful loaf! Wow. Great color. I will definitely keep this recipe in my pocket for family.

  36. Fabulous post… Love the meatloaf especially with the balsamic glaze! Never tried that before… Great post, Mary! You know I love your blog, and I am so happy to see you here on another blog that’s a favorite of mine! Great guest post, Chef Dennis!

  37. Great post, Mary – and Chef Dennis I am a new follower! I love all of the flavors in this meatloaf – especially the glaze (I am all about the glaze with meatloaf:-).)


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