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Monday, June 12, 2017

Vegetarian Meatloaf

Vegetarian Meatloaf is the perfect dish for dinner or supper or makes an excellent sandwich for lunches. Made with commercial vegetarian burger crumbles it has a similar texture to a loaf made with real meat.  A classic brown sugar and ketchup topping completes the loaf. 

I have several vegetarian "roasts" or loaves I make on an ongoing basis and truly enjoy eating but I'm always on the lookout for new vegetarian main dishes.  Sure, the old, tried and true dishes are my go-to recipes but every now and again a new flavour or texture is welcome to the taste buds.  But I suppose there's only so many ways to reinvent soybeans and gluten but I try!  

A few months ago I ran across a recipe for Ms. Goldgirl's Meatloaf on Lynn's Recipes on YouTube and thought it could easily be converted to a vegetarian recipe. So with a few changes and additions I was able to turn out a very good facsimile of a meatloaf. It has the same texture and very similar taste.  It makes a great dinner or supper dish and makes excellent sandwiches.  That sandwich you see in the picture is actually part of Don's dinner today.  And the picture with the potatoes and peas is the dinner we had a couple of days ago.  

I used Yves Ground Round in my meatloaf but any brand you like can be used.  If using frozen crumbles, thaw before measuring.

If you don't like the ketchup and brown sugar topping, you can leave it off and bake it without.  


Vegetarian Meatloaf
3 eggs
⅔ cup milk
1 teaspoons salt* or seasoned salt, hamburger/steak seasoning, etc.
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
3 slices bread, crumbled or 1 cup crumbs made from fresh or slightly stale bread
Half a medium onion, chopped
¼ cup shredded raw carrot
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2½ cups veggie burger (I used 1½ packages of Yves Ground Round)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, your favourite

Topping:
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.  

Mix all ingredients for the loaf in a large bowl.  Scrape the mixture into the greased loaf pan and smooth the top.  

Mix the topping ingredients together and spread over the top of the loaf. 

Bake in preheated oven for an hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the middle is cooked.  You should see a few little bubbles forming in the middle once the loaf is cooked through.

Serve hot as is or with a Brown Onion Gravy.  This is also delicious served cold with salads or in a sandwich. 

Makes 1 meatloaf.  About 12 slices

*The original recipe uses 2 teaspoons salt but we found it extremely salty using this amount as the Ground Round contains a certain amount of salt that ground meat would not.  I decreased the salt to 1 teaspoon and found it more to our liking.  As you make this loaf adjust the salt levels to your own taste. 



Place all ingredients for the meatloaf in a large bowl.

Combine all ingredients until well mixed. Scrape into prepared loaf pan.

Mix the topping ingredients together.  I use the same bowl in which I mixed the loaf.  That way I don't have an extra bowl to wash.


Spread the brown sugar/ketchup topping evenly over the top of the loaf.

Place the loaf in the preheated oven to bake.  As you can see, this recipe makes a full pan.


Bake for 1 hour - 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The middle should have little bubbles breaking the surface which indicates the middle is cooked.  You can also check with a fork or knife through the middle.  


Serve the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and a few vegetables for a good dinner or supper.


Or make a delicious sandwich using cold slices of the meatloaf.

My sandwich had mayonnaise, zucchini relish, mustard, lettuce, tomato and of course meatloaf.  


Delicious hot or cold.



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Vegetarian Meatloaf
Vegetarian Meatloaf makes a good dinner, supper or lunch.
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoons salt* or seasoned salt, hamburger/steak seasoning, etc.
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 slices bread, crumbled or 1 cup crumbs made from fresh or slightly stale bread
  • Half a medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded raw carrot
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2½ cups veggie burger (I used 1½ packages of Yves Ground Round)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, your favourite
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

Mix all ingredients for the loaf in a large bowl. Scrape the mixture into the greased loaf pan and smooth the top.

Mix the topping ingredients together and spread over the top of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven for an hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the middle is cooked. You should see a few little bubbles forming in the middle once the loaf is cooked through.

Serve hot as is or with a Brown Onion Gravy. This is also delicious served cold with salads or in a sandwich.

Makes 1 meatloaf. About 12 slices

*The original recipe uses 2 teaspoons salt but we found it extremely salty using this amount as the Ground Round contains a certain amount of salt that ground meat would not. I decreased the salt to 1 teaspoon and found it more to our liking. As you make this loaf adjust the salt levels to your own taste.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 servings


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