Dad's Meatloaf from Erin French

15 comments by Hammertown Barn
Dad's Meatloaf from Erin French

First posted January 2018


This week I watched my dear friend, Erin French, make her Dad's Meatloaf on Ina Garten's new show: "Be My Guest with Ina Garten" (on Discovery+ and other premium channels). It was so much fun to watch the two of them together, sharing stories and making the meatloaf Erin's father taught her to make when she worked for him as a kid in his diner.



"When I was away at college, this is the dish I craved the most.  It is my dad's recipe, one that he taught me how to make in the diner.  I put my own spin on it and frequently treat myself to this on chilly nights with a baked potato and sour cream..."
- Erin French ("The Lost Kitchen")


(Serves 8)






  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1½ pounds ground pork
  • ¾ cup shredded carrot
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • ½ cup shredded pecorino
  • 2 cups ½-inch bread cubes such as crusty sourdough
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 8 twists of pepper




  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Preheat oven to 375ºF


START THE MEATLOAF: Combine all of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl and use your hands to mix them until just evenly combined.  Do not overmix.  Divide the mixture between two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.


MAKE THE GLAZE: In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients.


Brush the top of each meatloaf with a thick coat of the glaze.  Transfer to the oven and bake until an instant-read thermometer reads 150ºF, 45 minutes.


Let the meatloaf rest for 10 to 15 minutes, then unmold, cut into slices and serve.




  • Linda

    This is the best meatloaf. What I did change is for the topping. Mixed Dijon mustard with tomato basil sauce.

  • Tabby

    Watched her make this with Ian and to be honest this did not impress came out undercooked.I saw red needed to be baked longer.I don’t eat raw food

  • Karen Stowell

    This recipe is wonderful !

  • I Made It For My Son Whose A Resident Doesn’t Have Time To Cook I Added Harris’s Paste Spice 1 Cubed Potatoe Little Olive Oil On Top

    Can”t wait to try it for lunch I’m home recovering from surgery ie have extra time to look up recipes and cook, my hubby is not a meatloaf kind of guy !!!

  • Gwyn

    Really good… I did
    add worcestershire sauce and tabasco and wrapped in bacon. My husband declared it the best meatloaf he’s ever had! To the person asking how to reduce
    the recipe, just do the math. I cut all the ingredients in half for a smaller version.

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