Roasted Veggie Balsamic Meatloaf and Manly Men Meals

So I think I mentioned that last weekend I had my four generations of men for dinner last Sunday.  Well, what better for a good, manly men meal than meatloaf, right?!

Roasted Veggie and Balsamic Meatloaf collage

But you know I had to get some veggies in.  When I saw this Roasted Veggie Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze from Ann at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen, I knew I had to try it.  And you know The Bug loves my Balsamic Ketchup, so I thought that would be a perfect addition.  So I roasted up some veggies, with a little added flavor since I wanted the extras for a side dish, and pureed them up to mix into this meatloaf.

No pics, because I was enjoying a nice meal with the family without shoving a camera in everyone’s face (which is why my photos below are less than stellar – they were taken with cold, leftover meatloaf the next day), but everyone loved it.  The balsamic and the caramelization on the veggies made this a more interesting and exciting spin on an old standard.  The Bug was a total fan, and he and I finished off the leftovers a couple nights later, when The Hubby wasn’t home for dinner.

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I mention in the recipe 1/2-1 c oats (as Ann mentioned 1/2-1 c breadcrumbs in her recipe).  I used the oats to make it gluten-free, and with only 1/2 c it was falling apart a little.  I also cut down by one egg, because I usually only put 2 in about 2 lbs of ground beef.  But it was delicious, albeit a bit sloppy.

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Recipes for the rest of the meal are coming!!

What “manly men meal” is the favorite of you or the manly men in your life?

Roasted Veggie Balsamic Meatloaf
 
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Recipe type: Meat, Main
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef (I use 93% lean, but that's just me. It is probably even taster with 80%)
  • 2½ cups roasted vegetables (see note)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • 1 t Italian seasoning
  • ½-1 cup oats (or breadcrumbs)
  • ½ grated Parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¾ + ½ c Balsamic Ketchup, divided (see note)
  • ½ cup freshly-grated Parmesan
  • ½ +1/3 cup ketchup, divided
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. Puree the roasted vegetables in a blender or food processor, leaving them a bit chunky.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, thyme, Italian seasoning, oats (or breadcrumbs), Parmesan, salt and pepper, and ¾ c Balsamic Ketchup.
  4. Add the roasted veggie puree and stir to combine.
  5. Incorporate the meat into this mixture, and shape it into a loaf.
  6. Place the loaf in a baking pan, and spread the ½ c Balsamic Ketchup over the meatloaf as a glaze.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.
  8. Let rest for a few minutes before slicing.
Notes
I used 2½ c of the Balsamic Roasted Vegetables from the recipe linked below. The Balsamic Ketchup recipe is linked below, or substitute ½ c ketchup + 2 T balsamic vinegar in the meatloaf, and ⅓ c ketchup + 1-2 T balsamic vinegar for the glaze.

 Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Balsamic Ketchup

Slightly adapted from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen’s Roasted Veggie Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. says

    It looks absolutely delicious despite the next-day pictures! Sometimes, the pictures get in the way and you were smart to do it this way: ) I often comment that brown foods don’t always look pretty in photos, but that doesn’t mean they don’t taste fabulous! Thanks for choosing this recipe and I love that you got to make it for four generations of men in your family!

  2. says

    Meatloaf is one of my husband’s favorite, although I wrap his in bacon before cooking it. I once, only once, tried to sneak in some veggies in there – I even put them in the food processor, but upon the third or fourth bite he was like “are there fucking vegetables in this?” So no more veggie meatloaf’s for him! :D

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Amy says

    We made this for dinner tonight. Delicious! Hubby, Son, and I all loved it. Daughter turned down dinner but she seems to be surviving on air these days. The balsamic ketchup gave it a really nice flavor.

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