The Best Meatloaf I’ve Ever Had

It’s hard to get excited about meatloaf. That is, unless you’re standing in the kitchen at Craft in New York and Chef Damon Wise (Tom Colicchio’s right-hand man) is mixing together ground beef, pork, crisp shitakes (that taste like bacon), golden soffrito, soy sauce, fresh oregano and Parmesan cheese. The resulting meatloaf–which Chef Wise called “Umami Meatloaf”–was, without question, the best I’ve ever had. And then, as you’ll see in the following Food2 video, I went and recreated it at home. All the proportions and ingredients and steps are listed in the video, but, just in case, I’ll share them after the jump. And now, without further pause, here’s one killer meatloaf:

Damon’s Favorite Meatloaf

by Chef Damon Wise

serves 6

1 ¾ lbs ground beef

¾ lbs ground pork

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup dark soffrito [Note: cook red onions, carrots and celery in lots of olive oil on low heat until it’s all a deep, golden brown: 45 minutes to 1 hour. Whatever you don’t use, you can keep in olive oil and use in soups, dressings, sandwiches, etc.]

½ cup toasted bread crumbs, soaked in milk

1 ½ shiitake mushrooms, sautéed

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

2 t soy sauce or tamari

2 T dry mustard

2 t fresh oregano, chopped

2 large eggs


2 cup ketchup

¼ cup soy sauce

2 T Dijon mustard

2 T honey

2 T smoked paprika

1 tsp cayenne

350° for 45 minutes ( 160° internally )