It's more of a presentation victory but still a flavor victory in its own right.
The recipe is from an Italian Spinach Meatloat recipe that I have "healthified" in the past (steps noted here) and served with mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach.
Rating: 5 forks out of 5
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*Note removed ingredients are not in in bold
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large onion 1 shallot diced
4 garlic cloves crushed diced
1 teaspoon basil
(*Dried is fine. Don't want to waste a whole bunch of fresh for so little)
1 teaspoon oregano (*)
1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoons 2 teaspoons crushed hot red pepper
1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach thawed/drained
2 lbs ground lean beef 1 lb lean ground turkey meat
1 lb Italian style sweet sausage
1 lb Italian style turkey sausage (hot or sweet) de-cased
3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
3/4 cup homemade whole wheat bread crumbs**
3 eggs 2 eggs, 1 egg white beaten
1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
+ 1 teaspoon black pepper
+ jalapeño diced (optional if you like heat)
3 Medium potatoes
1/2 cup non-fat sour cream
salt to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic sliced
**Whole wheat bread crumbs:
3-4 slices of whole wheat bread
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2-3 pinches of salt
2-3 pinches of black pepper
Directions the way I did it:
Pre-heat your oven to 350°
Place your bread in a food processor and, well, process until fine crumbs are achieved. Lay these out on a foil lined cookie sheet and cook on the top rack of your oven for about 10 minutes. (You can tell when they look just crunchy to be done-and not burnt.) Set aside.
Heat olive oil in frying pan on range on High. Add shallot, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, hot red pepper. Lower heat to Low and cook until shallot is clear. Add the spinach and break up with wooden spoon for like 5 minutes. Allow to cool some.
Put turkey meat and sausage in a large bowl and add in spinach mixture, bread crumbs, eggs, cheese and salt/pepper. Mix well with hands. Make a round mound out of your meat and make a deep indentation in the center. Manipulate the meat into the shape of an innertube or bagel. Cover with bbq sauce and some hot sauce. Cook 1 1/2 hours.
While the meatloaf cooks, boil salted water and boil (chunked) potatoes until tender. Drain potatoes and put back in same pot. Add
sour cream, smash and salt to taste. Set Aside. Boil water in a small pan and boil your eggs. Set aside.
When meatloaf is done, set aside and heat a large skillet with the olive oil on Medium-high heat. Add your spinach and garlic and wilt. When it has cooked down, set aside.
Plate your meatloaf ring and fill the center with your smashed potatoes and continue to spread some over the rim of the meat. Cover potatoes with spinach and press down into the center to form a small pocket. Nestle some eggs in the nest.
Substituted turkey meat for both the beef and sausage in the recipe. The turkey meat has fewer calories, less fat, and a bit more protein.
Removed one egg yolk—it won’t be missed.
Made my own healthier bread crumbs.
This meal is high in protein through the combination of the meats, spinach and eggs.
Added black pepper and added to the amount of red pepper for this recipe.
Substituted shallot in place of an onion—it’s got more of a pop.
I cut the thyme in half---it can come across too strong if you use too much.
Don't make your own breadcrumbs.
This is just kick ass. And it tastes great and is a pretty healthy all-included dish.
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