Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Meatloaf and Tomato Jam

Digging through my file of recipes today, I came across this favorite. It's been a while since I've made it, because it is time consuming. So I wouldn't advise to make this on a weekday but if you got a free Sunday, this would be perfect. We are total meatloaf lovers and hubby just loves the tomato jam, that I add on top. Back in 2004, I searched for a good meatloaf recipe and Martha Stewart provided just that!

Serves 8 to 10

  • 4 slices white bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse bread until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a medium bowl; add ground beef and ground pork.
  2. Place onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and parsley in food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add to beef mixture; combine using your hands. Add egg, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 teaspoons dry mustard, salt, and pepper; combine thoroughly, using your hands. Place in an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pan.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup ketchup and 2 teaspoons dry mustard, and the brown sugar; stir until smooth.
  4. Brush mixture over top of the meatloaf. Place the pan on a baking sheet to catch drippings, and transfer to oven. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reaches 160 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours. (If the top of the meatloaf gets too dark, cover with foil and continue baking.) Let meatloaf stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Tomato Jam

Makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece ginger, peeled and minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  1. In a medium sauce pot set over medium heat, heat olive oil, add garlic, ginger, and red onion, and saute until translucent. Add tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon. Add vinegar, honey, brown sugar, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise.
  2. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have dissolved and liquid has evaporated, 60 to 75 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks and star anise before serving. This jam may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.