Glazed Buttermilk Meatloaf

Glazed Buttermilk Meatloaf

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qqa9fut83t8/Tt-oOufaelI/AAAAAAAAmrU/XubyeIvugp8/s1600/meatloaf-1.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qqa9fut83t8/Tt-oOufaelI/AAAAAAAAmrU/XubyeIvugp8/s1600/meatloaf-1.jpg" //a/divThis past summer I was engrossed in a reality cooking competition on the Food Network called a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/the-next-food-network-star/index.html" target="blank"bThe Next Food Network Star/b/a.  I haven't seen every season of the show, but typically once I begin watching I get sucked in up until a winner is declared.  For those not familiar with the show, it's a cooking/talent competition where the winner gets their own show on the Food Network.  Some of the past winners have went on to become big stars - such as Guy Fieri.br /Anyway - a few weeks before this past season began, a friend of mine from high school - who knows I have a food blog and that I would most likely be interested in this sort of thing - contacted me to let me know a fellow graduate from our school would be competing in the upcoming season.  Her name is a href="http://www.marybethalbright.com/" target="blank"bMary Beth Albright/b/a, and while I do not know her personally, I did remember who she was.  After hearing the news I was very excited to watch the show and see how things turned out for her!br /Of course I wanted her to win - not just because we share the same hometown, but because after watching the season I was easily convinced she would indeed make a great food television show host.  Unfortunately, she did not win.  But from what I've learned of her I have no doubt she'll go on to do exciting things. br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LSfFua3weo8/Tt-oGuoTAjI/AAAAAAAAmrM/bywhcGScL4o/s1600/meatloaf-2.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LSfFua3weo8/Tt-oGuoTAjI/AAAAAAAAmrM/bywhcGScL4o/s1600/meatloaf-2.jpg" //a/divWhile the show was airing, Mary Beth would simultaneously post her personal take on the developments of each week's episode a href="http://www.marybethalbright.com/blog/" target="blank"bon her blog/b/a - occasionally also posting one of her recipes from the competition.  The recipe of Mary Beth's that sparked my interest most was for this meatloaf. She made the meatloaf for a panel of the usual judges, along with a guest judge.  That particular week's guest was Paula Deen, who tasted her meatloaf and said it was so good it would replace her own recipe!  I figured if Paula Deen - the queen of comfort food cooking - said it was good then it had to be pretty darn good.  br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HY8r98RunU/Tt-nyVEZBPI/AAAAAAAAmq8/5UsO2w2hcKk/s1600/meatloaf-3.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HY8r98RunU/Tt-nyVEZBPI/AAAAAAAAmq8/5UsO2w2hcKk/s1600/meatloaf-3.jpg" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divThe recipe also has a href="http://www.marybethalbright.com/recipes/the-meatloaf-recipe/" target="blank"bquite a few comments/b/a - all of which give the recipe rave reviews.  I think what sets this recipe apart from the rest is the use of panko breadcrumbs and buttermilk {ifull fat, if you can find it/i!}.  The panko gives the meatloaf a lighter texture...it's not as dense as when using regular breadcrumbs and the buttermilk gives it a slight tang.  Mary Beth recommends, as I always do, that you use the best ingredients possible.  Buy your favorite bottle of BBQ sauce, or make you own.  Use Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, if available.  As you know, I love using fresh herbs and in instances such as this it really makes a difference in the final product.br /This recipe has been sitting on the back burner of my "to make soon" list because does one really want to make meatloaf in August?  No, not me.  This is winter food - and even better it's the kind of meal that's perfect for December when everyone is pressed for time because it can be made ahead.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dpWkIQtuZpY/Tt-nY3EskAI/AAAAAAAAmq0/ixV9kUbOOvU/s1600/meatloaf-4.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dpWkIQtuZpY/Tt-nY3EskAI/AAAAAAAAmq0/ixV9kUbOOvU/s1600/meatloaf-4.jpg" //a/divdiv style="text-align: left;"In my version here, I used all ground beef versus a combination of beef and pork - mainly because that's what I had on hand, but also because I like using all beef when making meatloaf...use whichever you prefer.  The recipe also didn't specify what kind of brown sugar to use, so I used 1/2 light and 1/2 dark.  I later read in the comment section that she recommends dark brown sugar, but really either works here.  /diva href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-olnCWspwtS4/Tt-nHiAqCyI/AAAAAAAAmqk/7Ft1rWIRNeo/s1600/meatloaf-5.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-olnCWspwtS4/Tt-nHiAqCyI/AAAAAAAAmqk/7Ft1rWIRNeo/s1600/meatloaf-5.jpg" //aSo, tell me -i did you happen to watch this past season of The Next Food Network Star?  Were you routing for Mary Beth too?   /ibr /If you like this recipe you might also like: a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2008/11/sloppy-joes.html" target="blank"bSloppy Joe's/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2009/03/meatloaf-with-chili-sauce.html" target="blank"bMeatloaf with Chili Sauce/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2010/06/italian-style-mini-meatloaves.html" target="blank"bItalian Style Mini Meatloaves/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2008/08/turkey-meatloaf.html" target="blank"bTurkey Meatloaf/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2009/04/turkey-meatballs.html" target="_blank"bTurkey Meatballs/b/abr /a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2011/12/this-past-summer-i-was-engrossed-in.html#more"Wait, there's more! 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