What foods did you hate as a kid? For me it was onions and ketchup. My mom would try to hide onions in various foods by chopping them up really small, but she couldn’t fool me. I would always find them, and once I did, I refused to eat the rest of whatever it was the onions were hiding in.
I especially hated it when my mom made meatloaf. First of all, the name isn’t exactly tantalizing. Meat. Loaf. Gross. Second, in my mom’s mind, meatloaf was the perfect vehicle for hiding onions, and like I said I ALWAYS FOUND THEM! Finally, because I didn’t care for ketchup, my mom would leave a portion of the meatloaf without ketchup. As a result I could see the slime that accumulated on top of the beef. It was truly a mystery to me why people considered meatloaf a “comfort food” and much more why anyone bothered making any!
Flash forward to adulthood, and let’s just say things have changed. First, I figured out that ketchup is delicious… in some circumstances. I have to be in the mood for it. Did you know that ketchup tastes great with macaroni and cheese? Weird, I know. I’ve also come to peace with onions. I cannot do raw onions, but cooked onions are all right, and more than all right when it comes to flavoring a dish. Finally, I discovered that meatloaf is freaking delicious, especially when done right. Nothing is more comforting than a moist and saucy meatloaf.
I inherited a classic meatloaf pan, so I decided to give it a go! I found this recipe for a Thai version of meatloaf. Instead of ketchup, it’s covered in Sriracha (and who can’t love that?!), and instead of breadcrumbs it is bound together with rice. This recipe is so delicious, so moist and just a little different to tease the tastebuds. Even better, this recipe uses turkey! It’s not only lighter, I’m convinced that ground turkey is the easiest kosher meat to find at the grocery store. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did!
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Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes.
- For the Loaf:
- For the Glaze:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Place the ground turkey in a large bowl.
- Add the onion and garlic to the bowl along with the soy sauce and sesame oil.
- Peel the ginger and grate it directly into the bowl using a fine cheese grater.
- Mix everything together well.
- Add the eggs and cooked jasmine rice (white rice will work in a pinch). Mix everything together thoroughly.
- Grease a meatloaf pan and place the meat mixture onto the pan.
- Once preheated, place the loaf inside and bake for 30 minutes.
- While the loaf is baking, mix together the sriracha glaze.
- In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, ketchup, sriracha, and rice vinegar.
- After it has baked 30 minutes, remove the loaf from the oven and spoon half of the sriracha glaze over top.
- Bake for an additional 30 minutes.
- Spoon the remaining glaze over top and bake for a final 15 minutes.
- Allow the loaf to rest for ten minutes before slicing.