Better Late Than Never: Horseradish Meatloaf Recipe

Horseradish Meatloaf

Meatloaf Appreciation Day was on October 18th and I can’t believe I missed it! Actually, I can. I miss everything! But I did have every intention of participating in the meatloaf roundup hosted by Serious Eats. But even though I missed the deadline, I’m still going to share my Horseradish Meatloaf with you!

I’ll be the first to admit that this photo isn’t exactly drool-inducing. Meatloaf isn’t very photogenic and the fluorescent lighting in my kitchen didn’t help either! But trust me, this is good meatloaf! And that’s coming from someone who spent the first 32 years of her life hating all meatloaf!

That’s right. I have always hated meatloaf. My mom always put chopped onions in hers and that was more than enough to turn me off meatloaf. Because if there was anything I hated more than meatloaf as a kid, it was onions (and asparagus and mushrooms and fish)!

I could never understand why anyone would go out of their way to create one of these unsightly lumps of meat. And I really didn’t understand the fascination with meatloaf sandwiches. Cold, congealed meatloaf on bread? No thanks! But my parents loved meatloaf sandwiches and it seemed like I was one of the few people around me who didn’t think meatloaf sandwiches were the greatest thing ever.

I just didn’t get it.

And then, a few weeks ago, I needed to make dinner and we really didn’t have much in the house at all except a couple packages of ground beef in the freezer. I jokingly said to my husband, “Well, it looks like meatloaf tonight!” We both laughed for a minute, knowing full well that I wasn’t going to make something so disgusting for dinner.

But then I thought about it. What if I made my own version of onion-free meatloaf? Maybe the onions were the only thing I hated about it. I wasn’t convinced, but I decided to dig through a cookbook and find out what other ingredients a traditional meatloaf contains.

The first book I grabbed was Southern Living’s Homestyle Cooking, one of my favorites! I looked up ‘meatloaf’ in the index and there it was, Horseradish Meatloaf. I knew that it was meant to be. Horseradish has become one of my favorite flavors over the last few years and I knew that if I were going to like a meatloaf, this would be the one.

Of course I had to make a few changes. The main one being that I used onion powder instead of chopped onions. Don’t get me wrong, I do eat onions now. I cook with them all the time. But there is no way I will ever be able to eat meatloaf with chunks of onion in it. I was scarred for life when I was forced to eat it that way as a child and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Well, I made the horseradish meatloaf that night and it was a revelation! The house smelled better than it had since the last time I cooked a holiday meal here. Seriously, it smelled that good. And it tasted great, too! After the first bite, my husband looked at me and said, “Why is this the first time we’re eating meatloaf?” I couldn’t think of a good answer.

The only thing I didn’t like about the Southern Living recipe is that it called for rolled oats instead of breadcrumbs. I thought the oatmeal gave it a strange texture and it didn’t really hold together very well.

So, I made it again a week later and made some more changes. This time it was perfect. And now I do understand why people love meatloaf sandwiches so much! This meatloaf made one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever tasted. I tried them several ways but my favorite sandwich creation was meatloaf on homemade buttermilk bread with ketchup, mayo, lettuce and extra sharp cheddar. My mouth is watering right now just writing about it!

Perhaps the best thing about this meatloaf is the topping. I have been instructed by my husband to make twice as much sauce next time so that we can have extra for sandwiches. I think you might want to do the same!

The first time I made this, I used a loaf pan and the second time I formed the meat into a freestanding loaf on a baking sheet. I preferred the freestanding loaf but I’ll leave it to you to decide which way you want to do it!

So here’s my recipe for Horseradish meatloaf inspired by the recipe in the cookbook, Southern Living Homestyle Cooking.

  • Horseradish Meatloaf
  • 2 pounds ground beef (I use 85% lean)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 C. dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 C. ketchup
  • 1 T. horseradish
  • 2 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 t. mustard powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 T. chopped fresh parsley
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 C. ketchup
  • 3 T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. horseradish
  • 2 t. spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 t. mustard powder
  • 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 2. In a large bowl, mix all meatloaf ingredients together well (Although messy, it’s easiest to do this with your hands). Press meat mixture into a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan or form into a freestanding loaf in the center of a baking sheet.
  • 3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients. Spoon half of the sauce mixture on top of the meatloaf. Place meatloaf in a preheated 375 degree oven and bake for 50 minutes.
  • 4. After 50 minutes, remove meatloaf from oven, spoon remaining sauce over the top and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for an additional 10 minutes before slicing.

If you’re like me and you missed the National Meatloaf Appreciation Day, you can still go to Serious Eats and see what everyone else came up with!

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  1. Ruby

    I have always loved meatloaf, the more onions and garlic the better! I even saute shitake mushrooms and add it to the mix. And meatloaf sandwiches, don’t even get me started! White bread, lots of mayo slice of tomato and a plentiful slice of gelatonous meat!MMMMM!!! Damn, I’m drooling now….hehe
    Your recipe looks great !:)

    3:40 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  2. Peter

    Nicole, the taste is always the most important and in the case of meatloaf, to be moist.

    From reading the ingredients used, I’m sure it’s delish and I’ll try horseradish in my meatloaf…nice twist!

    3:45 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  3. Nicole

    Ruby: Your meatloaf sounds exactly like something I wouldn’t like! πŸ™‚

    Peter: This really is a very basic meatloaf but it does have great flavor and the horseradish just adds a little something extra. The sauce on top is what really makes it stand out, though!

    4:07 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  4. Jason

    I’d eat that for a dollar!

    4:10 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  5. Nicole

    Jason: I’ll make it for five πŸ˜‰

    4:28 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  6. MyStarbucks

    Cooking does not come easy for me. I am a total recipe kind of gal. I am for sure going to make this this week! Yum! Is it ok if I use a leaner ground beef???

    4:53 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  7. shivapriya

    Everytime you post a meat based dish, I will ask u for “MEAT LESS” dish:), Nice picture by the way.

    5:45 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  8. Katiez

    We like meat loaf. We love meat loaf sandwiches. Now you know what you’ve been missing! I always saute the onions before adding them… I never liked the chunky ones, either!

    7:23 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  9. Evie

    Nicole, you know I love, love, love that photo, even if you don’t!

    Another way for you to try meatloaf is to combine three different meats, not for the reader who’s vegetarian so skip over this part to avoid being offended! My mom combines ground beef, pork, and veal and it makes the most unbelievable meatloaf. Perhaps you could try it the next time you’re making some!

    Hope you’re doing well!


    8:57 pm  Oct 22nd, 2007
  10. Kirsten

    I like meatloaf. I even like the oatmeal version because I never seem to have breadcrumbs on hand.
    I also like horseradish and will have to try it this way. It looks a lot like my BettyCrocker recipe, except with the addition of the horseradish.

    12:13 am  Oct 23rd, 2007
  11. Lydia

    I love the idea of horseradish in this! I’m not a big meatloaf eater, but I do make a turkey and dried cranberry meatloaf that I like a lot.

    1:48 am  Oct 23rd, 2007
  12. Nicole

    MyStarbucks: You can use leaner ground beef although maybe try mixing one pound of lean ground beef with one pound of not-so-lean. I think it might be too dry if there isn’t some fat in there.

    Padmaja: You’re right, I really need to write about some meat-free main courses…it’s been a while!

    Katiez: Cooking the onions first is a good idea and I probably wouldn’t mind the onions in there if they were twice-cooked.

    Evie: I’ve heard of combining different meats and they seem to do that here in Italy a lot too with meatloaf-type things. I’ll keep it in mind! Although I think meatloaf will continue to be one of those things I’ll only make when I have some ground beef in the freezer to use up. πŸ˜‰

    Kirsten: The meatloaf wasn’t bad…just a bit of a strange texture. I would use oatmeal again if I didn’t have breadcrumbs, but the breadcrumb version came out better for me.

    Lydia: I’m not a huge fan of ground turkey but I do like the sound of the dried cranberries in there…yum!

    5:41 am  Oct 23rd, 2007
  13. Nabeela

    I had a meatloaf revelation last year too. They are awesome in sandwiches, aren’t they? I don’t mind onions in my meatloaf though πŸ™‚

    7:14 am  Oct 23rd, 2007
  14. Coleen B

    Sounds yummy. Since the weather has changed here in Sicily, I need some comfort food… I’ll try this recipe this week!

    Nicole, I heard you are moving very soon. If I don’t see you around the hood, good luck! I wish you great success with your website and cookbook. It was nice knowing you.

    1:49 pm  Oct 23rd, 2007
  15. JoeDrinker

    Meatloaf Appreciation Day?!? I need a better calendar.

    That looks like a recipe I may just have to try out.



    3:35 pm  Oct 23rd, 2007
  16. Meryl

    Hi Nicole,

    I just discovered your site through Tastespotting (the pumpkin scone pic is beautiful!), and I am loving this recipe! I always hated meatloaf as kid too but discovered its potential fairly recently. Too bad my husband still can’t get over his childhood aversion – but at least it is an extra sandwich or two for me πŸ˜‰

    6:07 pm  Oct 23rd, 2007
  17. Jason

    I don’t have any change, sorry.

    9:34 pm  Oct 23rd, 2007
  18. Nicole

    Nabeela: Yes, the sandwiches are soooooo good!

    Coleen: Yes, we’ll be out of here in a couple weeks so things have been crazy of course. We pack out on Monday…yikes!

    JoeDrinker: If I ever make a Pinch My Salt calendar I’m just going to make up a bunch of food appreciation days πŸ™‚

    Meryl: Welcome! Maybe your husband will come around. I really didn’t think I would ever want to eat it!

    Jason: Oh well πŸ™‚

    3:33 pm  Oct 24th, 2007
  19. anita

    How funny — my meatloaf recipe uses oatmeal, too… But I like the texture.

    You might try grating the onion rather than chopping; you get great flavor and no chunks… The shreds sort of melt when they cook.

    2:00 pm  Oct 25th, 2007
  20. Adriana

    Om My Gosh!! I made this last night and wow! It tasted very good. My family loved it!!!. I love your site.

    3:54 pm  Oct 26th, 2007
  21. Rachel

    This is the only meatloaf I have ever gotten my husband to eat. It’s very tasty!!!

    3:54 am  Nov 5th, 2007
  22. Nicole

    anita: I know lots of people like to use oatmeal, I’m probably one of the few who has a problem with the texture πŸ˜‰

    Adriana: Thanks for letting me know you tried it! Glad your family loved it πŸ™‚

    Rachel: Glad he likes it! How are you guys doing??

    8:42 am  Nov 5th, 2007
  23. Uliana

    Thank You Thank You. I too loath meat loaf, from the meat being shaped too the onions that are usually in it, BUT I did try this and it was GREAT!!! My whole family LOVED it and said they can’t believe it was so full of flavor!!
    Thank you Pinch my salt.

    7:38 pm  Nov 7th, 2007
  24. Amy

    Thank you! We made this for my birthday and it was fabulous. Instead of bread crumbs, I used panko.

    The day after was just as tasty, too! We made extra sauce and were glad we did.

    Thank you again!!

    12:50 pm  Dec 2nd, 2007
  25. Stuck in AL

    I’m late sending you this, but I just have to say – THIS RECIPE ROCKS!!! Thank you so much! I love, love, love it and so does my husband. I’ll never make it my old way again!

    8:08 am  Dec 12th, 2007
  26. Nicole

    I’m so glad you guys are loving this recipe as much as I do! I like to think of it as a meatloaf for people who hate meatloaf πŸ™‚ Of course it’s also a meatloaf for people who love meatloaf! Thanks for all your comments!

    9:21 am  Dec 12th, 2007
  27. Michelle

    Nicole, LOVE your site, total food porn for me!

    How many servings does this make? Sounds really good! I put horseradish in my smashed red taters with skins last night and they were to die for!

    2:06 pm  Mar 16th, 2009
  28. Kristy

    Soo.. I am in the process of making this meatloaf… I am freakin out… I am not quite the chef LOL but my husband LOVES horseradish so I had to try. Will let you know how it comes out! 10 more mins!

    2:26 pm  Oct 19th, 2009
  29. Kristy

    Soo.. I am in the process of making this meatloaf… I am freakin out… I am not quite the chef LOL but my husband LOVES horseradish so I had to try. Will let you know how it comes out! 10 more mins!

    2:26 pm  Oct 19th, 2009
  30. Kristy

    Mmmm Mmmm Mmm.. twas a success. Hubby Loved it. Next time, I need to work on the sauce a little more, it was too sweet ( I tried to adjust everything to 3 lbs beef) and I maybe cooked it too long bcit was a little.. Umm.. Chunky? Aside from that…. DELICIOUS. Thank you for this awesome recipe.

    God bless.

    Begginers Chef πŸ˜‰

    4:20 pm  Oct 19th, 2009
  31. Greta

    What sort of horseradish does this recipe call for? It looks tasty, but I’m unsure if you mean to use grated fresh horseradish or dried horseradish powder (or some other form).

    4:08 pm  Jan 15th, 2010
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  33. Arizona Solar Energy

    My husband’s favorite! His mother makes meatloaf (although I like my recipe better) but he can’t get enough of the stuff. I also really like that the stuff reheats so well! I can make it a day before when I have the time for a short notice supper. YUM!

    10:51 am  Apr 30th, 2010
  34. Jean

    This is my new go-to meatloaf recipe. I am in love with horseradish – thanks for sharing!

    10:52 am  Oct 16th, 2010
  35. trini dugan

    this fuckin’ meatloaf rocked!

    10:42 pm  Mar 30th, 2011
  36. V Midwest

    Thank you for this recipe! My husband and I have both made it and it is delicious. I too hated the lump of meat with onions. This recipe has such good flavor!. I make two and freeze one before cooking. Then we have an easy dinner on a cold night-throw it in the oven as it heats up and cook it a little longer than non frozen to cook.

    7:54 am  Dec 10th, 2012
  37. Jim

    Just made this tonite. AWESOME! Best meat loaf I ever had. But, a question. Should you pack the meat tight when you form the loaf! Mine was hard to keep together for slicing. I waited ten minutes before attempting.

    2:55 pm  Sep 6th, 2014
  38. Nicole

    Hi Jim- Thanks for the feedback! I do pack the meat fairly tight when I make a meatloaf. You might also try waiting an extra five to ten minutes before slicing (difficult, I know!).

    8:22 am  Sep 8th, 2014
  39. Rita

    Wowsie wowsie this meatloaf recipe sounds fantastic! When you said your mouth was watering just thinking about that meatloaf sandwich that made two of us. Although I have never gotten to the meatloaf sandwich stage as I keep sneaking bits of meatloaf out of the frige and before you know it, it’s all gone. And I just want you to know, hee hee, I put big chunks of onion in mine. This time I will be having that sandwich the next day. I have everything to make it too, first time ever that has happened. Gonna make it tomorrow (eight o’clock pm here) dishes going in the dishwasher..nope not another mess to clean up as I use every pot, pan and dish every time I cook. But I will be dreaming of your meatloaf tonight.

    7:26 pm  Feb 7th, 2016
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