I’m not much of a steak eater. When someone talks about the joys of a thick juicy steak, I tend to not share the same passion.
If you were to put a thick juicy slice of meatloaf on my plate, you’d have my attention!
I guess just like the chili fans of the world, people have their diehard opinions on what should go in meatloaf. Some people don’t like any veggies, declaring that it is MEATloaf and not VEGGIEloaf. And heaven forbid that there should be FRUIT involved. Mercy me!
But this Plum Good Meatloaf is plum good! Or at least that’s what the song says. If you don’t believe me, listen for yourself (around the 7:49 mark in the video below).
How do you like your meatloaf?
- 4 large purple plums, rinsed, pitted and quartered
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
- 2 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 whole fresh egg, lightly beaten
- ¾ cup old-fashioned oats, toasted
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon lite sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ⅛-1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place plums in food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Measure out ½ cup and place in large bowl.
- In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and 2 cloves garlic and saute, stirring frequently, until tender, about 7-10 minutes. Place in large bowl with ½ cup plums and cool.
- Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In the same skillet, combine remaining chopped plums, 1 clove garlic, ginger, ketchup, soy sauce, honey and chili flakes. Cook at medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
- In the large bowl, add ground beef, ground pork, Chinese five-spice powder, salt, pepper, egg and oatmeal to the cooked vegetable/plum mixture. Mix well, shape into loaf and place in loaf pan or on rack that has been sprayed with cooking spray and set in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes, top with Plum BBQ Sauce and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to rest 10-15 minutes before slicing.
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