We’ve been accumulating large amounts of ground beef in our freezer thanks to our meat CSA. In an effort to make a dent in our stash, I made a veggie-stuffed meatloaf. This was my first meatloaf making attempt (though not my first Meatloaf experience – I’ve been know to rock this at karaoke bars), and it wasn’t too shabby. I combined a few different recipes to come up with the following:
For the meat layers:
2 lbs ground beef
2 small potatoes, grated
1 carrot, grated
1/2 an onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp rolled oats
1 tsp each salt and pepper
2 tsp soy sauce
dash of Sriracha
For the veggie layer:
spinach and shitake mushrooms (or greens/mushrooms/etc. of your choosing)
For the top layer:
(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
(2) Combine all of the ingredients for the meat layers in a large bowl. When well-combined, put half of the mixture in a pan (I used an 8” square pyrex).
(3) Top with a few handfuls of spinach and chopped mushrooms (I’d say I used half a bag of spinach and a whole container of mushrooms).
(4) Put the remaining meat mixture on top of the veggies. Brush desired amount of ketchup on top of the meat. Bake for 45 minutes.
(5) Enjoy this:
I think that next time I will use a larger pan so that I can add more veggies. The spinach shrunk considerably (as it is wont to do), so there wasn’t quite as much roughage as I was hoping for. All in all, though, not bad for a first meatloaf!
To balance out this meat-fest, I also tried my hand at black bean burgers. This was another kitchen first for me! I love bean burgers, but I’ve only ever had them when eating out. Following Matt the No Meat Athlete’s suggestion, I used the recipe at Mama’s Weeds. Here’s what I got:
These were crazy delicious, but as you can see, I could not for the life of me get them to stay together! Anyone with bean-burger-making experience have a remedy for my falling apart problem?
I didn’t sweat it, of course; I doused my burger in ketchup and went to town.
Enjoyed with a baked sweet potato. Trader Joe’s tells me that this is a yam, but Mark Bittman tells me that yams are incredibly rare in the U.S. and that virtually everything marketed as a yam is actually a sweet potato. True yams can grow to weigh 100 pounds. Can you even imagine 100 pounds of yam??
Hope everyone’s having a fabulous labor day! Enjoy the day off if you’ve got it. :)