Meatloaf

Total Time:
2 hr 50 min
Prep:
50 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons fennel seed, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup MP Sauce, recipe follows
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound ground veal
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • Millionaire's Relish, recipe follows
  • Special equipment: a 9 by 5 by-3-inch loaf pan
  • MP Sauce:
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek*
  • 1/4 cup dried dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tamarind paste*
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • Special equipment: a food processor or blender
  • Millionaire's Relish:
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and finely diced (about 4 cups)
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 small hot pepper, seeded, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  • Combine the bread crumbs and the milk in a large bowl. Set aside.

  • Combine the onion, garlic, egg, fennel, salt, pepper, parsley, and 1/2 cup of the MP Sauce. Add the bread crumb mixture and mix well. Gently mix in the ground meats.

  • Pack this mixture into the loaf pan. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of MP Sauce over top. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer reaches 160 degrees F. Let rest at least 15 minutes before slicing.

  • Serve hot accompanied by Millionaire's Relish.

  • In a large stainless-steel pot, combine all the ingredients except for the salt and baking soda. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-low heat. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow the mixture to cool for at least 15 minutes before adding to the food processor or blender.

  • Puree the sauce in batches, then press the sauce through a fine sieve for a smooth finish. Stir in the salt and baking soda, which will help to balance the acidity of the sauce.

  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Millionaire's Relish:
  • Put the cucumbers, onion, and hot pepper in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes, then drain.

  • Meanwhile in a medium-sized stockpot over high heat, bring the sugar, vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, cloves, and turmeric to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the drained cucumber, onion and hot pepper. Cook until the mixture thickens, about 20 minutes.

* Sambal oelek and tamarind paste and can be found in Asian markets or high-end stores.


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