1770 House Meatloaf with Garlic Sauce

Best meatloaf recipe ever with garlic gravy! 1770 House meatloaf courtesy barefoot contessa. Will never make any other meatloaf again.

I think it took me about 10 years of making meatloaf to finally get a recipe down pat that my family actually enjoyed eating. It was a work in progress for what seemed like forever. It was either too dry or too moist. There was sometimes no flavor and other times way too much seasoning. I took advice from my mom, grandma, aunts, cousins, anyone that would offer it up. Everyone needs to have a good meatloaf recipe, and I was struggling for sure.

After I found this recipe, it was like I had to erase everything that I had learned over the past decade and just do this. It was so tasty. It was just what I had been looking for all those years and couldn’t seem to find.

Everyone at the table really liked it this way. I enjoyed how simple it was to make, and the flavor was great too. I paired it with mashed potatoes and green beans but you could do it any way you want.

1770 House Meatloaf with Garlic Sauce

The 1770 House Meatloaf recipe from Ina Garten is to die for - Be sure to make extra of the roasted garlic gravy!


For the meatloaf:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onion, chopped (1 large)
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, small-diced (2 stalks)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives or green onions, chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

For the Garlic Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


For the meatloaf:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In your largest saute pan, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil. When it is hot add the onion and celery. Cook for 5-8 minutes until the onion is soft but not brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add ground beef, veal, pork, parsley, thyme, chives, eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Blend the panko bread crumbs in a food processor until they are finely ground, then add that to the bowl with the meat. Add the onion and celery mixture.
  • Combine the meat with your hands. This is the best way to mix meatloaf so that it doesn’t get tough. Don’t overdo it.
  • Cover a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Use your hands to pat the meat into a flat rectangle. Then push the sides in to make a cylinder about 15 inches by 6 inches (spreading it out first prevents air pockets).
  • Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes, or use a meat thermometer to find out when it has reached 155-160 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve with garlic sauce.

For the Garlic Sauce:

  • While the meatloaf is cooking, combine the oil and garlic in a small saucepan . Bring the oil to a boil, then lower the heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the garlic is a light golden brown. Don’t burn it! Watch carefully. Strain out the oil and save it for another use (I used it for oven roasted potatoes).
  • In the same saucepan (with the garlic still in it), add the chicken stock and butter. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat but continue to boil for 35-40 minutes, until it is slightly thicker. Use a fork to smash the garlic in the pan. Add the salt and pepper.
  • Ladle the warm sauce over each serving of hot meatloaf.
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