Thursday, January 23, 2014

"you could call the blog...loaf."

This is blog is about meatloaf. There's nothing clever about it. Two loaves - two varieties of baked deliciousness.
Spicy Sausage & Turkey Meatloaf
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup of minced onion
1 celery stalk, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 carrot, minced
1/2 cup of minced green onion, including the onion greens
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup ketchup, divided 1/3 and 1/3
1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey (or beef if you'd prefer)
3/4 pound of spicy ground spicy sausage (I used pork, but you could use chicken, etc.)
1 cup bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten slightly
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
Preheat oven to 35o degrees. In large pan, melt butter. Add onion and sauté until translucent, add celery, carrot, garlic and green onions. Saute for about 8 minutes until all vegetable are soft. In large bowl mix slightly cooled vegetables and all remaining ingredients. Mix well with your hands. Mold into a loaf and place in a misted baking pan. Bake for about an hour and test (should be 155 degrees internally) - may take another 10 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes and slice. We enjoyed our meatloaf with spiced sweet potato mash and garlic-broccoli rage.

BBQ Black & Pinto Bean Loaf
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained well
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained well
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers, hot or mild, drained
1 cup whole kernel corn, unsweetened
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Kosher salt to taste
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg slightly whisked with about 2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup BBQ sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet add oil, turn to medium-low heat and sauté onions until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the carrot and celery and saute for another 5 minutes. Add kidney beans, black beans, green chili peppers and corn, continue to sauté until beans soften up, about 3 minutes (use a wooden spoon to slight smash some beans). Add oregano, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper, stir to combine.
Combine in a large mixing bowl bean mixture, egg/water and bread crumbs  Lightly spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray, add bean mixture, shape into a loaf. Bake for 30 minutes, add barbecue sauce and bake 1 additional minute. Remove from oven and allow to set 5 minutes. Cut into 8 slices and carefully remove each slice with a spatula.
This loaf can be a bit odd. It is serious bean city...but it is quite good on a toasted bun in sandwich format.


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