Saturday, November 10, 2012

Asian-style Meatloaf

Original Recipe

1 (3.5 oz.) package of plain rice crackers (gluten free)
1 lb. ground turkey breast
½ lb. lean ground pork
1 cup chopped green onions
½ cup hoisin sauce divided
½ cup chopped red pepper
½ cup drained and chopped water chestnuts
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
½ tsp. salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 large egg whites
Cooking Spray

This is the most used appliance in my kitchen.  I use it all of the time.  For this recipe, I used it to mince the garlic and the carrots.

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place rice crackers in food processor; process until finely chopped.
  3. Combine ¼ cup hoisin and everything else in a large bow (except for the cooking spray).  For a little spice add some Sriracha or cayenne pepper to the mixture. 
  4. Shape mixture into 6 (5 x 2 ½  inch) loaves on a broiler pan cated with cooking spray; spread hoison over the top of each meatloaf. 
  5. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until the thermometer registers 165.  You can also use a muffin pan.  Just spray the cooking spray in the muffin tins and add the meat.   The cooking time will be quicker, probably 30 minutes.   
  6. These also make great meatballs.

My Recipe Tweaks
  • I used sesame rice crackers instead of plain and I did not use the entire package, I used 2/3 of it.
  • I used the meatloaf mix (ground hamburger, pork, and veal) instead of turkey because I think turkey can get dry. 
  • I added Sriracha and diced jalapeno for spice.
  • I did not use the red pepper – you can add any vegetables you want.  I added ½ cup chopped carrots.  I love adding carrots to different things, you can chop them really fine in the food processor and they add a healthy sweetness to various dishes.   Carrots are really good in lasagna.  
  • I also added cilantro.
  • I used one whole egg instead of 2 egg whites.   Make sure to stir/mix up the eggs before you add it to the mix.  I basically did this on accident.  I just cracked the whole egg without reading the recipe (shame on me) and I only had one egg because my first one I put on the counter and left it unattended and it proceed to roll and splat on the floor.   

I made wasabi mashed potatoes to go with the Asian meatloaf.  I boiled red potatoes, then mashed them and added a little bit of butter, salt and pepper and then mixed wasabi powder with milk and added that to the potatoes.   Be careful with how much wasabi powder you use as you don’t want it to overwhelm the flavor.  Start with 1 tsp. to 1/3 cup of milk.   

SIDEBAR: I got this recipe from my sister, Chelley.  When she got married, my other sister, Casey, and I were in her wedding and she made us both a personalized recipe book as a gift.   It is full of photos of the three of us and tons of recipes.  It is a great personalized gift idea - and the holidays are coming up!

I really liked this recipe.  I like the vegetables and the flavor of it.  Do you have any unique meatloaf recipes to share?


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