Meatloaf was an acquired taste for this native Korean. Among all the meatloaves I have tasted, this is by far the best. Don't omit the ground prunes. Weird as it sounds, it adds a wonderful flavor.

Again, panade is the key to keeping meatloaf moist. Add the liquids first, then the ground meat. It is much easier to mix if mixing a large amount.

Meatloaves ready for baking.
Adding soy sauce to the mixture makes a beautiful dark crust to the loaf after baking.

1 cup fine fresh bread crumbs (from 2 slices firm white sandwich bread)
1/3 cup whole milk
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium celery rib, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 pound bacon (about 4 slices), chopped
1/2 cup pitted prunes, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
1/2 pound ground pork (not lean)
2 large eggs
1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Garnish: cooked bacon

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

Soak bread crumbs in milk in a large bowl.

Meanwhile, cook onion, garlic, celery, and carrot in butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Cover skillet and reduce heat to low, then cook until carrot is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Add to bread-crumb mixture.

Finely chop bacon and prunes in a food processor, then add to onion mixture along with beef, pork, eggs, and parsley and mix together with your hands.

Shape meatloaf mixture into an oval shape and place it in a baking pan.

Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meatloaf registers 155°F, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


  1. What do you mean when you said "Pack mixture into 9 x 5 inch oval loaf in a 13 x 9 inch shalow baking dish or pan?" Thanks.

    1. Shape the meatloaf mixture into a loaf and bake in a baking pan. Will clarify the direction. :) Thanks for reading my blog, even with the terrible instruction!

    2. Thank you. I enjoy reading your blog, you've got a lot of delicious recipes. By the way, do you have a good butter cake recipe? Keep on posting, thank you!

    3. Elajr, I have made several versions of yellow cake which uses a good bit of butter, but not one that I really love yet. But when I do, I will be sure to post it for you! :)

    4. Thanks, Kay that will be wonderful, will look forward to it.