Ina Garten devoted an episode of barefoot countess to take “everyone’s favorite old-fashioned recipes” and update them “so they’re packed with flavor.” Not only is Garten’s 1770 House Meatloaf recipe delicious, but a garlic sauce takes comfort food to another level.
Ina Garten’s homemade 1770 meatloaf recipe comes from a restaurant she frequents
Garten wrote about the meatloaf recipe in her Infallible Barefoot Contessa recipe book. “The 1770 House is a restaurant in East Hampton where I could dine every night,” she wrote. The executive chef is Kevin Penner and he prepares delicious “homemade” cuisine that is both elegant and comforting.
Garten continued, “I’m embarrassed to say how many winter nights we ordered this amazing meatloaf with sweet roasted garlic sauce. The secret, as they say, is in the sauce.
She made the dish with Penner on barefoot countess. “Do you think your meatloaf is good?” Just wait until you try my friend chef Kevin Penner – he has the most amazing meatloaf and he shares his secrets with us,” Garten said.
Ina Garten’s delicious meatloaf recipe has an easy secret
Garten and Penner made the meatloaf with three different meats. She placed a pound of ground veal, ground pork, and ground beef in a bowl. Then she added chives, thyme, parsley, eggs, salt, pepper, ground panko breadcrumbs, milk and sautéed onions and celery.
Garten noted that she and Penner were “in sync” about using fresh herbs, salt and pepper. “I think the smartest thing I’ve ever heard about cooking is that the two things people don’t use properly are the two things they have in their kitchen – salt and pepper,” she shared.
Penner’s “secret” to the meatloaf recipe is panko breadcrumbs that are pulsed in a food processor. “So you usually use breadcrumbs to bind it all together,” Garten explained. “Panko has a nice texture but you want to puree it so that’s fine.”
She observed, “When you grind it, it actually becomes much more condensed.”
Garten mixed it all up with his hands, sharing, “the key is to keep this as light as possible, not to compact it.”
She placed it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Penner noted that he likes to flatten meat. “What this will do is prevent air pockets from forming inside,” he explained. Then he shaped it into a loaf shape, making sure it was even to ensure even baking.
Garten baked the meatloaf in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 155 to 160 degrees.
Easy Garlic Sauce Takes Meatloaf to the Next Level
The meatloaf is given a savory sauce, made with chicken or beef broth, peeled garlic that has been sautéed in olive oil and butter. She heated the ingredients over medium heat and then simmered the mixture until it thickened. Garten added thyme, chives and parsley to the sauce.
To serve, the barefoot countess star sliced the meatloaf, placed it on a plate and covered it with sauce. “This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had,” Garten said after taking a bite.
The full recipe is available at Food Network website.
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