02 September 2013

Tangy BBQ Meatloaf (and behold, it was very good.)

Contra Kid President, we truly do like meatloaf! Of course, our moms are wonderful cooks, which saved us from experiencing the fabled glop of grey meat and rubbery ketchup-- I never understood why so many people hated meatloaf so much.

(Kind of like I never understood why other kids hated history. It's a bunch of stories! What's not to love? Then I realized that their history classes consisted of memorizing dates and names. Oh. That would be horrible.)

No glop here. Not particularly pretty, okay, but then ground beef never won a beauty contest. Just super good. The savory sauce and tender meat play perfectly together; plain mashed potatoes or basmati rice are nice accompaniments. Use leftovers for sandwiches, if that's your thang.


Tangy BBQ Meatloaf

1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup brown sugar (or 1/4 cup pineapple juice for a less sweet sauce)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey or lean ground beef*
1/2 cup almond meal or breadcrumbs
1 small onion, very finely minced
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9x9 square baking dish.
2) In food processor or high-powered blender, combine tomatoes, dates, Dijon, and Worcestershire until smooth.
3) Combine meat, almond meal, onion, egg, and salt thoroughly in mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce and stir well.
4) Shape meat mixture into a loaf in prepared baking dish. (I place it diagonally in the dish and make it about four inches wide, two to three inches high.) Make a groove down the center; this trick helps it to cook evenly.
5) Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven and drain off any excess grease, then spoon remaining tomato sauce evenly over top. Return to oven and bake 20-25 minutes more, until sauce is bubbling and meat is cooked through.

*You can replace up to 1/3 of the meat with cooked lentils (by volume, not by weight). I think half a pound of meat's equivalent to about 1 1/2 cups lentils? Even my bean-averse husband didn't mind.

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  1. The Wegmanns down here in DC LOVE meatloaf, but people are always weirded out when we say that. But dates? Even I am skeptical. Not too skeptical to give it a try, but I will probably have to lie to James about what they are.

  2. I figure that since they make date SUGAR, whole dates work too :) but yeah, brown sugar is great if you don't have dried dates! I've never told Jared either. ;)

  3. I lovvvveeee meatloaf!