Food does so much more than fill your stomach. Food is a trigger for memories. Food is a spark for emotions. Food is explosive in starting and continuing conversation about food and other topics. And, food takes us back to our childhoods. Meatloaf is on of those foods that many of us probably grew up on~~so much so for my hubster that he now really doesn’t like meatloaf at all!
Such a shame because I still love it…maybe it’s the ketchup, maybe it’s that it’s another version of a hamburger (which I LOVE!!), maybe it’s because a meatloaf recipe can also become my stuffed peppers or cabbage rolls, or maybe it’s those meatloaf sammiches the next day. For this meatloaf, I decided to give it an Asian flair to the topping and a Mexican twist to the meat. Must say, it’s darn good, and the meatloaf sammich today~~oh, yeah, just like when I was a little girl ‘cept I didn’t put it on Sunbeam white bread!
- Preheat oven 350
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground chorizo (out of casings)
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 medium onion
- ½ cup chopped Italian parsley
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup cream
- 2 beaten eggs
- ½ cup oats (put in food processor and pulse into fine mixture)
- 1 ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp. coarse ground pepper
- 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. smoked ground paprika
- 1 tsp. red chili flakes (divided)
- 1/3 cup bottled sweet chili sauce (I used Mae Ploy. You can certainly make your own sweet chili sauce! I'm working on a recipe!)
- 1 cup ketchup
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the meats. Put the carrots, celery, onions, parsley and oil in a food processor and pulse until it’s a fine mixture. Add to meat and blend well. Add cream, eggs, oats, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, ½ tsp red chili flakes, paprika and blend well.
- Put into a greased baking dish or bread loaf pan and shape. Make a slight indentation in the top of the loaf. Mix together the sweet chili sauce, ketchup, and ½ tsp red chili flakes and spread on about ¾ cup on top. Reserve remainder for garnish or dipping.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 50-55 minutes. Remove and let sit about 15 minutes then either remove from pan or serve directly from the pan.