“impress your date” meatloaf…really.



“Impress your date” meatloaf seems like it should be an oxymoron, I know. Because no one likes meatloaf, right? Well, if that’s the case, it’s simply because they’ve never had this version. First good thing: you make it into extra-generous meatballs, so right off the bat you throw off those auto-loaf haters. Second good thing: it’s one of those dishes that seems like it took forever to make, so you’ll rake in impressive points with whatever guy (or girl or family member) you put the plate down in front of. Honestly, I can’t rave about this recipe enough, so I’m thinking you should just try it!


Tomato Glazed Meatloaf (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen):


  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • onion, celery, carrot and garlic–all chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 slices of white bread




Combine the tomato paste, vinegar, honey and 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce in a sauce pan and simmer on low until thickened and bubbling. Set aside.




Pulse the bread in a food processor to create breadcrumbs. Set aside. Add the vegetables and process until minced, about 5 minutes (you may need to do this in batched in order to fit everything!). Brown the veggies in a hot skillet with 1 teaspoon olive oil until soft, about 5-7 minutes.


Add the vegetables to the ground beef and breadcrumbs, mixing with your hands and forming into palm-sized meatballs (be generous!).




Top the meatloaf(s) with a bit of glaze and place in the oven to cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the outsides are browned and juice around them is bubbling (if you’re unsure, check with a meat thermometer).




Serve over your favorite variation of mashed potatoes–because everyone has their favorite (mine are garlic with a touch of sour cream). Enjoy–and prepare to impress your next date. He’ll be raving about you to Mom before you know it!



  • Heather Boschke

    I’m not a huge meatloaf fan but this looks amazing – I must try!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I hope you like it after this recipe! :)

  • Amy Fohr

    I love meatloaf and totally making this recipe this week. thanks for sharing!

    xx amy

    Leopard and Lillies

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I hope you enjoy it!

  • Alison

    That is comfort right there! Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, yum!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha agreed!

  • http://feathersfreckles.blogspot.com Feathers & Freckles

    I’m a vegetarian but the mashed potatoes look awesome! :D

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      They were pretty delish!

  • Cravingforbarneys

    Need to try this recipe! Seems yummy!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you! :)

  • fromproseccotoplaid

    Meatloaf is my absolute favorite meal (that and meatballs)!! I love to make it, and I want to try this recipe. Looks absolutely delicious! xo, Julie

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you Julie! Hope you liked it if you tried it! :)

  • http://www.champagneandboxedwine.com/ Casey

    I’m a turkey meatloaf girl myself, but this looks amazing! I’ve never seen meatloaf served in individual sized meat balls! So cute! xo

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Turkey meatloaf is super yummy, too. I bet it would taste just as good!

  • Emily

    Impressive to say the least! Can I be your date? ;)
    Isn’t That Charming.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Um, of course you can. I’d be honored to have you!

  • Sharon S

    I’m not a huge fan of meatloaf but this sounds yummy! Especially on top of the mashed potatoes :)

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    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Sharon!

  • http://www.fizzandfrosting.com/ Lauren

    I’ve never been a huge meatloaf fan, but you may have me convinced! Plus I just bought a new food processor that I’ve been itching to use! :)

    Fizz and Frosting

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I need a new food processor, badly!

  • http://kristinadoestheinternets.blogspot.com/ Kristina Anderson

    I actually love meatloaf and make the tiny cupcake version all the time. I love the idea of turning it into meatballs, super cute.


    Kristina does the Internets

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Oh, cupcake versions sound adorable, too!

  • chelsiemoss

    cutest looking meatloaf. ever.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha..I’ll eat anything that’s cute. Anything!

  • http://www.othersideofgray.blogspot.com/ Annie

    Those look SO yummy!

    The Other Side of Gray

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you, Annie!

  • http://www.chartreuseandatwist.com/ Brynn @ chartreuse & a twist

    I have never really been a meatball fan. It is not something that I grew up with, so I never really understood it. BUT, my husband is a huge fan and I would really love to make it for him sometime :) I will be hanging on to this recipe! (after your chowder, I completely trust your recipes!) XO Brynn

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha I’m so glad I won you over with my chowder. I’m proud! :)

  • http://www.alwaysmaylee.com/ Always Maylee

    My husband loves meatloaf but I never make it because I always think it takes too long! I’ll definitely have to try this!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      This is super easy…the longest part is in the oven–so not much work!

  • Margaret LaVigne

    Actually making meatloaf tonight and might have to try this!! Looks delicious!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Margaret!

  • http://twitter.com/MimosaLane Mimosa Lane

    this looks so yummy! My husband would love it.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Total man-food :)

  • http://twitter.com/VogueAndHeels Vogue and Heels

    This looks delicious! I will try this tomorrow.



    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Hope you enjoy it if you try it! xx

  • Lacey Garcia

    Turning meatloaf into meatballs – yum! I also like that you served it over mashed potatoes. I’m not a meatloaf fan, but it looks delicious.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Lacey!

  • RachECakes

    I’ve always had an aversion to meatloaf, something about meat in a bread pan. You’ve managed to make this look delicious, and I might just give meatloaf another try :)

    xo Rach
    – A Life and Style Blog

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Aw, thank you!!

  • http://www.rachelslookbook.com/ Rachel

    OMG! I love the idea of serving it over mashed potatoes! Looks food chic ;) And my boyfriend just told me he was craving the meatloaf I made a few weeks ago… I will have to give your recipe a try!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Perfect timing. And “food chic” is an awesome phrase haha

  • http://twitter.com/AshNFashn AshNFashn

    You make it look so delicious!

    xo Ashley


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Aw, thanks Ashley!

  • http://twitter.com/lil_white_whale Gloria

    Ooh I like the idea of shaping meatloaf into meatballs – sneaky!!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Just a sly little trick… :)

  • Morgan

    Yummy! I might have to try this!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Hope you like it if you do! :)

  • http://twitter.com/DKarivalis Dina Karivalis

    I don’t eat red meat but these look so good! Great recipe!

    xo Dina

    Sweetest Somethings

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you miss!

  • http://twitter.com/bakingincouture Baking in Couture

    Yum. I love a good meatloaf, especially in the heart of the winter.

    Xo Inna

    Baking in Couture

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Me too, Inna. It’s the perfect time for it!

  • http://twitter.com/KellyAnnNYC Kelly Ann

    This looks and sounds amazing, yum! Now I just need a date!

    Sparkles and Shoes

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I’ll be your date!

  • Chelsea

    Your food posts always make me so hungry!
    xx, Chelsea

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha I hope that’s a good thing!

  • http://lyssbarn.com/ Allyssa

    This sounds amazing! Meatloaf is the best when paired with mashed potatoes. Yummmm

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Totally agree–yummy!

  • taylor casto

    gahh always love a good meatloaf recipe! thanks for sharing lady!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      My pleasure–thanks for reading!

  • Lacey O.

    This looks delish I will definitely be trying, thanks!!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks for stopping by, Lacey!

  • Olivia TLGOY

    This is a great take on meatloaf..looks delish!

    xo Olivia

    This Looks Good On You

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you!!

  • http://www.suzyspeaks.com/ Suzy Smith

    This looks so yummy! I actually really love meatloaf and you just can’t serve it without mashed potatoes. That last photo is really making me want to make this tonight!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Aw, thanks lady!

  • Olivia

    definitely not a meatloaf fan but these look delish!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Olivia! xx

  • http://twitter.com/THENOWstylebook The Now

    This looks so delish! My husband loves loves meatloaf so maybe I need to make this for him…I am pretty scared of the kitchen which is why I said maybe. haha! xo

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha don’t be scared! Plus, this is an easy intro recipe!

  • http://www.fasheauty.com/ Chloe Polo

    I’ve never tried meatloaf


    UK High Street Fashion & Style


  • Holly Wells

    OMG Iooove meatloaf! My boyfriend has never been a fan of meatloaf (sadface) but I want him to! Maybe this recipe will do the trick!

    Holly Foxen Wells
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    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Maybe this will convert him!

  • http://twitter.com/luvvleighb Leigh

    Oooh! This doesn’t look that complicated! Yummy! You’re right! EVERYONE loves mashed potatoes!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      If I met someone who didn’t like mashed potatoes, I don’t know what I would do!

  • Emily

    Ok I have to admit it. Although I have always heard about it and seen and read about meals with meatloaf I’ve never actually eaten it. I’m sure it is simply because my mum never cooked meatloaf when I was growing up. I feel like I should try making it some day but as a mostly vegetarian it might take me a while to find the occasion.


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      It could be a special treat :)

  • http://seventeenthandirving.blogspot.com/ Lauren | Seventeenth & Irving

    This looks so yummy and comforting!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you!

  • http://turquoiseandteale.blogspot.com/ Ashley T

    I’ve never been a big meatloaf person, but my dad would absolutely love this recipe!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      My Dad hates meatloaf and even he liked it!

  • GiovannaPacini

    Okay, Yum!!! Those look delish! I love meatloaf! lol


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Yay! Another meatloaf lover!

  • FierceandFashionable

    Wow, that looks and sounds delicious! I haven’t had meatloaf in years.

    xx Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Time to try it again, then!

  • amylshaughnessy

    You are quite the cook/baker/amazing at all things food. Which reminds me, I am going to send you that brownie recipe!


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      You are the sweetest, thank you! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505448663 Maya McDonald

    Yum yum yum! Those look amazing and seem easy {or at least easyish!} – I might have to try these later this week – thanks for the inspiration as always :)


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      They ARE easy-ish. Definitely try them out!

  • Gina Gao

    These look really amazing!


  • Courtney Starr

    Looks yummy!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks lady!

  • Kacie Ellis
    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Kacie!

  • Jacy Tilton

    Yum that looks delicious! I’ll have to pass this along to my mom :)



    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Hope you like it :)

  • http://twitter.com/loveeashlyn 《letitbebeautiful》

    this looks soooo yummo! def going to have to try! xo

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Yay! Hope you enjoy! :)

  • http://prettyanddelectable.wordpress.com/ Stephanie

    This looks scrumptious! I love hearty meals like this one, and Smitten Kitchen never disappoints!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you, Stephanie! You’re right…Smitten Kitchen is amazing!

  • Ira

    It looks so tasty! Love it:)

    Check out my blog: http://theprintedsea.blogspot.de

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles

    yummmmm…..Thanks for sharing a recipe that I think I could actually do!!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      My pleasure, Rebecca!

  • Sofia

    That looks amazing and especially with mash potatoes.

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post ‘Ripple Effect’.




    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Sofia!

  • rakhshanda

    It looks yumm <3 <3 Thanks for sharing!!!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://twitter.com/henryhappened Stephanie Gerber

    I love meatloaf – total tasty comfort food! I love that this uses meatballs – so clever. I bet you totally impressed your date!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I totally did! :)

  • lifeonthesquares

    this looks like the key to any mans heart! cento tomato paste is the best. thanks for sharing!

    PS – check out the giveaway on my blog today :)

    XO, Stefanie

    Life on the Squares

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I love their tomato paste, but I can’t usually find it around me. This was a fluke!

  • Kate

    looks so good and since there is a lot of meat, I can’t imagine a man not loving it:)

    xx Kate

    The Style

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Exactly. Meat = happy man (usually)

  • http://twitter.com/sparklemeetspop Emily West

    Girl, I freaking love meatloaf! And what is better than a home cooked meal from someone you love?

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Yessss….meatloaf lovers unite!

  • Alexa

    Oh my goodness. Beyond amazing! I actually love meatloaf, it’s such a wonderful comfort food!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I think so too! Always reminds me of home, even though my Mom didn’t make it THAT much!

  • Meghan Mee

    I have never been a big meatloaf person but this looks too amazing not to try! well done!

    XO Meghan

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Aw, thanks Meghan! I hope it makes you a convert!

  • emi

    you made meatloaf look appetizing, that is hard to do! thanks for the recipe!

    cute blog! XOXO chaseandem.blogspot.com

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      So sweet, thank you!

  • http://www.crazystylelove.com/ Jenny Lauren

    Ha ha ha ha, LOVE the name!!! The recipe looks delicious, and I definitely need to try this! Or, well. . .I need to get my Man to try this, because he does all of the cooking! :)

    xo Jenny

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha lucky girl…I need a man to cook for me instead of the other way around!

  • withluckblog

    I always really liked my moms meatloaf but I just can’t make it the same. Maybe it’s time to try my own recipe (aka your recipe).

    With Luck

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Usually nothing beats a Mom recipe, but definitely try it out! :)

  • http://twitter.com/missnancywong Nancy Wong

    omg yum…I LOVE a classic meal like this. Comfort food is awesome that way. I love how you made individual portions instead one big “loaf.”



    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Easier to serve and less “loafy” than traditional meatloaf…if that’s even a word haha

  • Eileen Beaver

    yes yes yes! Yum

  • http://twitter.com/drmngincashmere Amy Bishop

    Okay Martha, you’ve done it again! I’m impressed with you always and I must try this, they look yum!!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha you are too sweet, Amy. I wish I was Martha!

  • http://profiles.google.com/megmouch Meg Henning

    i love these meatloaf balls, this is how i would like meatloaf, i dont like the loaf so balls all the way for me!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha love it!

  • http://theconfessionsofaproductjunkie.com/ Sarah Helfgott

    Before I became a vegetarian I loooovvveeedddd meatloaf. I really did. But I haven’t been able to re-create anything worth eating based on fake meat. Maybe I’ll give your recipe a try with some of my morning star or veggie patties lying around :)

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Hm, I’m not sure how you’d make it vegetarian, but definitely let me known if you stumble on something good!

  • http://sophisticatedinstyle.blogspot.ca/ Lauren

    mmmm looks so yummy! it looks like such a comforting home cook meal xo

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Lauren!

  • http://www.lynnandlou.com/ Richelle from Lynn + Lou

    Ok, I honestly don’t like Meatloaf. I think you had a major epiphany when it comes to this recipe. It actually looks tasty to me. I am going to have to give it a go.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Love hearing that–hope you enjoy it if you try it!

  • Jaclyn

    This looks so good. I’ve never tried making meatloaf, but have always wanted to. I’ll have to try this one for my next date night with my husband

    Stay in the Lines

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      It’s the perfect date night food (contrary to what some people may think!)

  • Corinne Kaitlyn

    I’m always looking for new recipes and I love meatloaf. Gonna have to “pin” this one!

    - Kaitlyn

    Boardwalks & Boulevards

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I hope you enjoy if you make it!

  • Amy Welch

    Little minis! Love it!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      So much cuter that way, right?!

  • Natalie Seufferlein

    omg this looks delicious! def goin to try! http://www.fashionifancy.com

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Yay! Hope you like it, Natalie!

  • Jenna Bechtholt

    i have never loved meatloaf, but if you say it is that good then maybe i will give it a try!! thanks for sharing :)


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      My pleasure!

  • http://www.ashleynicolecatherine.com/ ashley nicole catherine

    yum! i have to try this! i love meatloaf, but a lot of recipes dry it out. these look great!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      That was my problem too! But these stay super moist and yummy. Definitely give ‘em a try!

  • http://pearlsandlaceblog.com/ Jen

    Hahaha ok don’t laugh when you read this, but I’ve never had meatloaf! My mom never made it because my dad hated it lol….so I may have to give this a try!

    xo jen

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I know so many people who have never had meatloaf, you’re not crazy…promise! :)

  • http://twenty-somethingblog.com/ Stephanie @twenty-something

    Oh my god – THANK YOU! You have no idea how much John loves meatloaf, and how much I loathe it, yet he is always begging me to give it a chance (aka he really wants me to cook it for him). This actually sounds good and the meatball look is way more appealing. I can’t wait to show him this and try it — pinning it now for future reference.


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha I love this….I hope you make it for him and end up liking it yourself! :)

  • Courtney Starr

    My guy would love this!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Aw, yay! Hope he likes it :)

  • http://urbanumbrella.blogspot.com/ Bree

    lol seriously my boyfriend would love this!
    I’ve never made it cause I didn’t know how and was intimidated by it, but now I dont have an excuse not to!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      SO easy…no need to be intimidated! :)

  • Jenee C.

    Reading the ingredients list for this meatloaf it actually sounds really delicious! And I rarely ever like meatloaf. I think I might just give it a try.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I rarely eat it too, unless I make this! Sometimes, I even find myself craving it (gasp! I KNOW!).

  • Jackie Giardina

    I love meatloaf & this recipe is just too cute not to try!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    xo Jackie


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      I hope you enjoy it, Jackie!

  • Breakfast at Cindi’s

    This looks delicious !

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Cindi!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    That’s so sweet…thank you so much!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    Great combo, right?!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Ola!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    You are the sweetest, thank you Kristin!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    She must! You’re a lucky gal :)

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    Thank you!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    Thank you!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    My pleasure, Kat!