Meatloaf Recipe:
My Newest Favorite!

As soon as I tried this meatloaf recipe, it became my (and my family's) favorite! It has become a much-requested meal. We call it "Catherine's meatloaf" because I got the recipe from my friend Catherine. My family would eat this once a week if they could!

The grated apple makes the meatloaf moist, and the maple syrup-ketchup glaze gives it an amazingly delicious taste.


Catherine says that the leftovers are also delicious. She suggests putting leftover meatloaf slices on a baking sheet, topping each with a slice of Cheddar cheese, and baking at 350F/180C for about 15 minutes. Sadly, there are never any leftovers at my house when I make this!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • salt
    • pepper

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • ground beef (about 1 pound/500 g)
    • breadcrumbs
    • onion
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • eggs
    • maple syrup
    • ketchup

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • apples

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a large mixing bowl
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a cutting board
    • a sharp knife
    • a grater
    • a loaf pan

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a whisk for beating the eggs (a fork works just fine, too)

    The recipe

    1 lb/500 g ground beef

    1 cup/250 mL breadcrumbs

    1/2 cup/125 mL minced onion

    1 tsp/5 mL Worcestershire sauce

    2 eggs, lightly beaten

    1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

    1/2 tsp/2 mL pepper

    2 apples, grated

    1/4 cup/60 mL maple syrup

    1/4 cup/60 mL ketchup

    Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

    In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, Worcestershire sauce, eggs, salt, pepper and grated apples.

    Mix well.
    Press into a loaf pan.

    Combine the maple syrup and the ketchup.
    Spread this over the loaf.

    Cook until the loaf is no longer pink inside (about an hour and a half).


    • Use honey instead of maple syrup.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Do you know what? This recipe is so very delicious that I wouldn't change a thing!


    • Use your clean hands or a mixing spoon to mix the ingredients.

    • I like using a glass loaf pan when I make meatloaf. A metal loaf pan works fine, too, but it's harder to clean.

    • If you store your breadcrumbs in the freezer, they will stay fresh and tasty for a long time.

    • Before you pour on the maple syrup-ketchup glaze, use a butter knife to make slashes in the top of the loaf. Cut down about halfway to the bottom. (This is to let the sauce run in!)

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