June 9, 2012

Chipotle Meatloaf

We use a lot of chipotles in our house. We love the smoky, spicy flavor they impart on dishes. This meatloaf has a nice bit of heat and is super moist, but the overall flavor was very mild. I would recommend doubling the spices (cumin, oregano, basil, and garlic) and adding some coriander (1-2 tsp) to the loaf. I would also add some ground chipotle pepper to the topping (~1/2 tsp).  Enjoy!

2 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, minced
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup regular oats
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 large egg whites or 1 whole egg
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon chipotle hot sauce

Preheat oven to 350°. To prepare meat loaf combine chile, onion, and next 14 ingredients (through ground turkey) in a large bowl, stirring to combine. Place turkey mixture in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes.

To prepare topping, combine 1/4 cup tomato sauce, ketchup, and hot sauce in a small bowl; pour mixture evenly over meat loaf. Cover and bake an additional 20-30 minutes or until thermometer registers 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

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