Thursday, June 09, 2011

Cranberry Meat Loaf

Cranberry Meatloaf
Wal*Mart Family Cookbook Copyright 2008

1 can (16 oz.) whole cranberry sauce
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 lb. lean ground beef I used ground chicken
1 ½ cups soft bread crumbs
1 medium onion, chopped
½ medium green bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup milk
¼ cup egg product I used 1 egg
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp each parsley flakes and thyme leaves
1/8 tsp. oregano leaves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In small bowl stir together cranberry sauce and brown sugar. Set aside.

In large bowl combine ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, bell pepper, milk, egg product, salt, parsley, thyme and oregano. In large shallow baking pan, shape meat mixture into a 8x4x2-inch loaf. I baked mine in a loaf pan.  Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Spread ¼ cup of reserved cranberry sauce mixture on top of loaf. Bake 20 to 30 minutes more.

In small saucepan heat remaining cranberry sauce mixture over low heat until heated through. Serve with meatloaf.

This recipe caught my eye when I acquired this cookbook (from Goodwill) but I didn't think it would appeal to anyone else in the house. That's really not an issue anymore since when I make a meatloaf it's generally just for myself these days. My older son used to like it but doesn't now - hopefully it will have a rebirth soon, like pickles. He used to love pickles then he wouldn't eat them at all and now I have to ration them since he would eat too many if I didn't stop him.

So I decided to make this but I couldn't help but think that ground chicken would be a great fit for this (or ground turkey but I prefer ground chicken to ground turkey). I decided to make the substitution and I'm so glad that I did. Of course you know I am biased when it comes to ground chicken. I always seem to love whatever I make with it.

This was another great meatloaf and another great use of ground chicken.  I'm going to add this to my ground chicken recipe round up and my meatloaf recipe round up.


Annie Jones said...

I have that cookbook, but I can't remember if I made that recipe or not. I do remember thinking it sounded like a good one.

Wanda said...

That sounds good....more so with the changes you made to the original recipe. My youngest grandson and I mixed a meatloaf today. It's in the oven now....just a regular 'make-it-up-as-you-go-along' hamburger meat one. Lean ground beef, left over half can of tomato soup, 3 fresh eggs, a few catsup pkgs. and taco sauce pkgs. from fast food places, two crushed garlic cloves, some chopped onion, leftover green beans, cut-up, crushed herb flavored crackers, two Hungarian wax peppers from the garden, some bread (white and whole wheat), crumbed, and I think that's it. If I feel like it, I may put mashed potatoes over the top and brown slightly before serving it. I love meatloaf...even more so the next day in sandwiches!

Green Mountain Realty said...

This recipe sounds really good, I love cranberries, Can't wait to try this.

cody said...

his was absolutely the best meatloaf recipe I've ever tried! Excellent recipe Heather, Thanks! chefs cuisinier

Anonymous said...

I tried your terryaki burgers last night and oh my. So I thought I would give this one a try. Double owe my. It taste so good and is great for the waistline. It was more flavorful than the ground beef version. Sounds odd but ttue. I touched it up a little with some other spices but oh my.

Unknown said...

I replace breadcrumbs and seasoning with a box of stove top good!

Unknown said...

I have made this over and over and it is so good I would recommend everyone to try this I thought it wouldn't work out so well but boy was I wrong my family loves it so thanks and getting ready to make it again today haven't done it in a while but I'm glad I'm getting ready to try it again because I also love it