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meatloaf cooked in a cast-iron skillet

Keep Your Man Meatloaf with Sauerkraut


  • Author: Karen
  • Total Time: 80
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

How to make your meatloaf irresistible and unforgettable? Add Sauerkraut. And cooking meatloaf in a cast-iron skillet makes this time-honored dish even more retro! Update this classic comfort food with the nutritious advantage of probiotics and improve your gut health.


Ingredients

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Meatloaf

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut, somewhat drained
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons uncooked quinoa or 1 slice of rye bread, toasted, cut into small cubes*
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (half used in sauce and another half to serve as a garnish)
  • 1Tablespoon red curry paste, or chili paste, or sambal oelek, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F with a rack in the middle position.
  2. Make Meatloaf – Combine the following in a large bowl – beaten egg, minced garlic, chopped onion, sauerkraut, grated carrot, ketchup, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix ingredients. Add meat and quinoa (or toasted bread) and combine all ingredients. Using hands works best.
  3. Single Recipe: Shape the meat mixture into an 8 ½” X 4 ½” loaf pan or similar size pan and press down to smooth with a spatula or the back of a wooden spoon. Double Recipe: A 10” cast-iron skillet works well or press the mixture into two loaf pans. You may need to form the meat mixture toward the middle of the pan if there is not enough to fill the pan. See Illustration in post. Triple Recipe: eating one and freezing the other, press into two loaf pans 8 ½” X 4 ½”. It’s three times the recipe, but each loaf uses 1.5 pounds of meat in two pans.
  4. Make Sauce – Combine sauce items in a bowl and spread sauce over the meat.
  5. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. The meat thermometer should read 165º. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with the remaining BBQ sauce.

Notes

For Paleo or gluten-free diet, use compliant ingredients – ketchup, BBQ sauce, chili paste, quinoa, bread.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Sauerkraut meatloaf, German meatloaf, cast-iron skillet meatloaf, sauerkraut, quinoa