Recipes Chinese Meatloaf

As it must do for most people, meatloaf brings back many fond memories of childhood. Everybody’s mom made the best meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Add a little gravy and it becomes pure food heaven. The recipe included here is for a Chinese inspired meatloaf. It recreates some of the flavors of westernized Chinese home cooking while still being an easy recipe to cook and enjoy.

1.5 lb ground beef

1/2 lb ground pork

2 Tbsp dried onion flakes

1 egg

1/4 cup cracker crumbs

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Green bell pepper, finely chopped

2 tsp Soy sauce

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp five spice powder (optional)

1) Heat oven to 350F.

2) In a medium sized bowl mix beef, pork, and all other ingredients until well combined. Be careful not to over knead the mixture, or the meatloaf will be too dense.

3) Transfer meatloaf mixture to a loaf pan and bake in heated oven for 45 minutes. After a half hour remove meatloaf from the oven to drain off any fat building up in the loaf pan.

4) Remove meatloaf from the oven and transfer the meatloaf from the loaf pan to a baking sheet. Return to the oven and bake 15 minutes more.

5) Remove meatloaf from the oven, let stand 5 minutes and serve with brown rice and steamed or roasted vegetables.

6) When the meatloaf is done, there will be some juices and caramelized bits on the bottom of the baking sheet. Put the sheet on a burner on medium heat. Add 1 cup water, 1/4 cup dry red wine, and 2 tsp cornstarch. Stir on medium heat to deglaze the pan and serve the resulting sauce with the rice and vegetables.

As an optional step, pick up a jar of hoisin sauce at your local grocery store. When you remove the meatloaf at the 45 minute mark brush the exterior of the loaf with a layer of hoisin sauce. Return the loaf to the oven and continue cooking as directed. The hoisin sauce will reduce to a brilliant, delicious glaze that will go nicely with the brown rice and vegetables. Also, the hoisin sauce will make your sauce more flavorful.

If you don’t feel like using rice as your starch, buy some baby potatoes. Toss the potatoes with some olive oil and a little rosemary. Stick them in the oven beside the meatloaf for the last 30-40 minutes and roast them until cooked through and golden brown. The roasted potatoes will love the sauce provided by the meatloaf.

© 2019 Paul Timman