I first encountered this Indian Gardens Meatloaf recipe on a trip to the Grand Canyon. I had the opportunity to have it at a local restaurant and swore I would try and make it someday.
Meatloaf has been around forever. At one end of the spectrum, you have your basic meatloaf recipe, which is no more than hamburger in the shape of a loaf (and maybe some seasoning if you are lucky).
💭 Baking Meatloaf
When it comes to baking your meatloaf, you have a couple of options. You can bake it the traditional way in a loaf pan or bake it on a foil lined baking sheet.
Depending on how lean your ground beef is, you may find the meatloaf sitting in grease. One way to avoid this is to shape the meat mixture into the shape of a loaf and bake it on a baking sheet. This will allow the grease to run off into the pan.
But on the other end of the spectrum, we have what I would call Gourmet Meatloaf recipes. This recipe falls into the Gourmet Meatloaf category.
What makes this a Gourmet Meatloaf is we use 3 different kinds of meat, vegetables, bread as well as various spices and we top it off with an awesome brown sugar sauce.
🌡️ Meatloaf Temperature
Our friends over at the USDA recommend an internal temperature of 160°F. This should be enough to kill salmonella. You can take the meatloaf out of the oven around 150°F and let it rest for 10 minutes. Check the internal temperature again before slicing & serving.
For another great Gourmet Meatloaf recipe, try my Sweet Ketchup Meatloaf.
🐄 How to Handle Raw Beef
Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid drip onto other foods.
Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
For more great recipes like this one, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this meatloaf recipe: Ground Beef, Ground Pork, Ground Veal, Yellow Onion, Celery Stalks, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Ground Dry Mustard, Poultry Seasoning, Bread, Milk, Eggs, Worcestershire Sauce and Bread Crumbs
🥣 How to make Indian Gardens Meatloaf
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl mix meats together. Add onion, celery, and seasonings.
Soak bread cubes in milk. Add eggs and Worcestershire sauce to the bread mixture and beat.
Combine meat and egg mixtures and form into two loaves. Roll in bread crumbs and place in greased baking pan.
Combine all brown sugar sauce in a small bowl and mix well.
Spread brown sugar sauce over the top of each loaf. Place pan in the larger pan. Pour about one inch of water in the outside pan and bake uncovered for one hour.
🍳 Recipe Card
Indian Gardens Meatloaf
- 1 lbs Ground Beef
- ½ lb Ground Pork
- ½ lb Ground Veal
- ½ Cup Yellow Onion, Chopped
- ¼ Cup Celery Stalks, Chopped
- 2 Tsp Salt
- ¼ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
- ¼ Tsp Ground Dry Mustard
- ¼ Tsp Poultry Seasoning
- 4 Slices of Bread, Cubed
- 1 Cup Milk, Warm
- 2 Eggs, Beaten
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ Cup Bread Crumbs
BROWN SUGAR SAUCE INGREDIENTS
- 3 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
- ¼ Cup Ketchup
- ¼ Tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1 Tsp Ground Dry Mustard
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl mix meats together. Add onion, celery and seasonings.
- Soak bread cubes in milk. Add eggs and Worcestershire sauce to the bread mixture and beat.
- Combine meat and egg mixtures and form into two loaves. Roll in bread crumbs and place in greased baking pan.
- Combine all brown sugar sauce in small bowl and mix well.
- Spread brown sugar sauce over the top of each loaf. Place pan in larger pan. Pour about one inch of water in outside pan and bake uncovered for one hour.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.