Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fusion meatloaf?!

Recipe name: Hawaiian meatloaf with peanut glaze
source: no idea
servings: 4-6
Cookbook date: May 11
Date prepared: May 17 (dinner)

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp finely minced fresh ginger (1/2 tsp dried)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

peanut glaze
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp minced garlic

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix until well blended. Put into a greased loaf pan and bake about 50 minutes, or until done.

While the meatloaf is baking, make the peanut glaze. To make the glaze combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and continue to cook until thickened. Pour about 1/4 cup of the peanut glaze over the top of the meatloaf 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Serve the remaining warm peanut glaze on the side.

What can I say? I'm a complete sucker for food that sounds strange. If a recipe combines meat and fruit, the odds are good that I will give it a try. This recipe did not disappoint, and it accomplished a dual feat: it was both strange and strangely good! Putting the meatloaf together was very simple and fast. The sauce was also very simple, though I would suggest having all the ingredients out before you start. Tim thought that the pineapple chunks should be bigger (he said he could hardly taste them), but I thought they were just right. The glaze, however, was where it was at, friends! It puts the traditional pseudo-ketchup topping to shame. Because the taste was so unusual for a meatloaf, I can't see myself making this frequently, but it will definitely keep its spot in our year long cookbook. I wish the picture was more appetizing, but let's be real, it's meatloaf.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a side to go with this?



S.B. said...

Maybe rice would go with it? Looking forward to seeing more recipes

divinitygirldesigns said...

hmmn... maybe steamed broccoli? i'm digging the blog!


Feed the moose said...

I'm really digging the idea of doing rice AND steamed broccoli with this dish. Thanks to you both!