Rosemary-Apple Meatloaf: National Meatloaf Appreciation Day

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, shredded
1 cup shredded apples (I used Fameuse Snow Apples)
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon Montreal seasoning
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl and with a gentle hand, mix together all ingredients EXCEPT the olive oil. Add some additional breadcrumbs if the mixture seems wet. Mold into a loaf and place in a standard loaf pan. Spread the olive oil over the top of the loaf (this keeps the moisture locked in) and place in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes or until cooked through and the juices run clear. Allow to sit 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

My thoughts:
I saw that Serious Eats was hosting National Meatloaf Appreciation Day on October 18th and wanted to get in on the fun. We have a ton of fresh rosemary to use up so I wanted to incorporate that into the recipe. I remember having a rosemary-roast beef sandwich with sliced apples that was fantastic. Why not recreate those flavors in meatloaf form? It is super moist and makes the most of seasonal ingredients. Best sandwich meatloaf ever.

One note: If you are going to make meatloaf, well ever, consider buying this meatloaf pan. It is a two piece pan, the top part (where you put the meat) is perforated and sits on top of the bottom pan so all of the juices (read: fat) run off the meat and into the pan. It cuts down on both the fat content and the grease factor of meatloaf.


  1. A meat loaf pan…what an ingenious idea. I have grown to love meatloaf, although the meat loaf of my youth was nightmare inducing. This one looks and sounds fantastic.

  2. This sounds great but how much ground beef do I need? am I reading the recipe wrong?

  3. What a different meatloaf…looks good.

  4. good picks for complimentary flavors!

  5. I like new meatloaf recipes – and that pan would be great to have – we eat meatloaf A LOT because it’s Brad’s fave. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Looks delicious. Thanks for the heads-up about National Meatloaf Appreciation Day. My mother-in-law makes a great ground pork and beef meatloaf w/ raisins and olives I’ve been wanting to make soon. This just put me in that mood.

  7. We need to get an official federal holiday in recognizance of meatloaf’s importance. I’m calling my congressman.

    Great recipe!

  8. Looks delicious and I’m thrilled you are participating in National Meatloaf Day! I just went apple picking this weekend and will try this recipe as a warm up to my official Serious Eats submission…

  9. I love the idea of combining rosemary and apple in a meatloaf.

  10. Wow, that is truly an inspired recipe. Yay for Meatloaf!

  11. Thanks for the heads up on meatloaf apprecation day. Meatloaf is one of our favorite meals so I have to join in.

  12. I made this recipe the other night for my family. I did make 1 change though, used ground turkey instead of beef (don't eat very much red meat here) Anyhow it was fantastic!! Thanks!!

  13. Why did I never hear of a meatloaf pan before? *facepalm