This is another one I pulled from the recipe box to share with you guys. This one is from Cook’s Illustrated, so even though the preperation might seem like a bit more work than most other meatloaf recipes, it’s well worth the effort. Meatloaf was always the one thing my mom allowed my dad to cook growing up. It was always moist and flavorful – probably due to the fact that he was sneaking ground venison into the mix unbeknownst to me and my mom. We always had a heart-shaped meatloaf on Valentine’s Day in our house, and it’s a tradition I’m proud to carry on with our little family.

Don’t be put off by the addition of powdered gelatin. The first time I saw this, I was leery too. But, trust me on this one! The gelatin mimics enzymes (proteins maybe? – I’m no AB!) found in veal, retaining moisture throughout cooking. Leading to the moistest most tender meatloaf you’ve ever enjoyed. The glaze is a cut-above the standard ketchup dousing too. Apple cider vinegar is added to ketchup for some tang, brown sugar for a bit of sweetness, and ground coriander for a bright burst of freshness.

If you’re one of those people who swears they don’t like meatloaf – try this recipe. You may just find yourself making a hear-shaped loaf for Valentine’s Day this year too!