Monday, March 30, 2015

Hungarian Meatloaf

Who doesn't like meatloaf?  If you are not a vegetarian or vegan, this is comfort food in many cultures.  This meatloaf is sort of  like scotch eggs.  The top gets a slightly crisp texture from the caramelized spices too. 

Everyone has their favorite meatloaf recipe.  I like this one because it's very taste and not overly salty.  There are multiple flavors in here. 

You can make this with meats you choose.  This time used pork  and turkey.  I added pork because it adds a nice flavor to turkey.

The quantity of spices are guides, I usually judge visually.

1 pound ground turkey
1 pound ground pork
¾ of a can of organic tomato paste
½ red onion
1.5 tsp Italian Seasoning (I use Glorioso's)
1/2 teaspoon authentic Hungarian paprika for the meatloaf mixture (will sprinkle more on top)
1.25 cups bread crumbs
2 uncooked eggs
1.5 tsp or so of Worcester sauce
½ tsp salt
½ tsp red pepper flakes (just sprinkle)
Generous sprinkling of garlic powder
3-4 boiled eggs
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tbs finely chopped parsley
½ cup of chicken stock

Preheat oven at 375 degrees.

Sauté chopped onion, set aside

In a large bowl mix everything (but the boiled eggs) very thoroughly Spray very sparingly the meatloaf pan with cooking spray
Gently lay out half the meat loaf mixture and line up peeled boiled eggs (just short of each end)
Place the rest of the meat mixture on top and pat to make it into a loaf form

Sprinkle the top of the meatloaf (slightly generously) with:
Hungarian red paprika
Freshly ground pepper

Sprinkle with a small amount of Smoked Spanish paprika and roasted garlic powder (I get both from Penzey) also on the top

Bake on 375 for about 1 hour and 20 minutes (check with meat thermometer).

Slightly tip the meatloaf pan and hold the meatloaf in place with a spoon and tilt to drain any fat rendered.

Let it rest for at least 10 minutes - if you don't, it will fall apart.

Remove from pan (I do it by placing a plate on top of the pan and turning the meatloaf pan).

Enjoy with some traditional side dishes like mashed potatoes and gravy.

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