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Monday, December 1, 2008

grass-fed asian style meatloaf

K's Asian inspired Meatloaf:
2 lbs. ground beef (We are using Ling Farm grass-fed)
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup canned tomatoes, blended into a tomato sauce
1/3 + cup teriyaki sauce (We are using San-J, since it has no sugar)
1 to 2 tsp. ginger
1 to 2 tsp. red cayenne pepper
garlic (We have dried garlic in a grinder that we use A LOT!)
salt & pepper

I would have put minced garlic in but we happen to be out.

If you are using regular ground beef, cook at 350 for about an hour. For our grass fed beef we have to cook at lower temperatures so I am cooking it at 275 for an hour, with an oven safe thermometer in to monitor it.

This was dinner last night and the final result was great. Very flavorful. Since this is our first venture with grass-fed beef, we are learning some lessons the hard way. We know that we need to cook at lower temperatures because grass-fed is so low in fat. However, the meatloaf was a bit heavy, I believe because of the lower fat content. So I will have to do a bit more research on this one.

You know I love the free flow of cooking. I put the meat, the oats and tomatoes into the bowl. Added in some teriyaki sauce and the garlic and started to mix. K asked what else we needed and I said "open the cupboard and see what we have." Since he chose the teriyaki, I suggested ginger and he added the cayenne, since there seems to be no spice hot enough for him. We'll see if I still have taste buds tomorrow. But it smells heavenly and I would probably add a bit more teriyaki sauce next time! Enjoy!

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