Saturday, January 28, 2012

Aloha Meatloaf - A Taste of Hawaii


Not all of us get to live on a tropical island(s) all year around. Here in the USA most of us are in the season of winter with cold days and even colder nights. We're actually having a freakishly warm winter so far, but we have had more cold days than I would like. We also still have 2 more months of winter to go so who knows how cold it will get in February.  I have never been to Hawaii, but this Aloha Meatloaf transported me there after one bite.  I love playing with the flavors of meatloaf and this time I think I'm playing for keeps.  I absolutely loved this meatloaf.  I made this as an experiment and I had no idea if I was heading for failure or success.  Well at first bite, I closed my eyes and said "Oh my goodness this is good."  If you have ever had pineapple on your pizza (which I never have) you will already love this dish.  I am a person that doesn't like to usually mix fruit with my savory food, but I am really trying to overcome that food "issue".  I've started small with fruit chutneys and now I'm putting a whole can of crushed pineapple into this meatloaf.  I really took a chance and I surprised myself how good it came out. Score one for the pineapple! So if you're one of those folks that are not a fan of winter like I am, this is a perfect meatloaf to bring some Hawaiian sunshine and tropical breezes to blow away those winter blues.

Meatloaf ingredients:
1lb lean ground pork
1lb lean ground chicken
1 (20oz) can of crushed pineapple drained well, reserve juice
seasoning salt to taste
3-4 slices of bread soaked in some milk to soften and crumbled
2-3 Tbs of ketchup
1/4 cup of diced onion
2 green chilies diced small
black pepper to taste
I clove of grated garlic
1 Tbs of honey or brown sugar
1 egg
red chili flakes (to taste)

Reserved pineapple juice from can
2 Tbs of brown sugar
1 Tbs of rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup of ketchup
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of sweet chili sauce (like mae ploy egg roll sauce)
2tsp of cornstarch

Drain your pineapple over a bowl. Squeeze out all the liquid from crushed pineapple. Reserve the pineapple juice for the sauce.  Then mix all meatloaf ingredients together and form a meatloaf. You can free form it here like I did or put it into a loaf pan.  I don't like to use a loaf pan because the meat tends to sit int the juices while cooking. Plus when you free form a loaf you get more surface area to glaze. If you free form a loaf on a baking sheet, first put down a sheet of tin foil so you have easy clean up.

 Mix all your sauce ingredients together.  Then put  into a small pan and simmer until thick and forms a glaze.

 Bake meatloaf in the a 350 degree oven for about 1 hour.  Baste with some of the glaze every 20 minutes.
When the meatloaf is done, allow to sit for 10 minutes before slicing.  Enjoy with your favorite meatloaf sides like mash potatoes and steamed vegetables. 

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  1. time you make this, can I come over for dinner???? Wow, I never would have dreamed this up, but it looks amazing (and wonderful photo of such an unphotographable food!!!)!

  2. Oooh, that looks so delicious! It's a tad chilly right now, but they say we'll head up to the 60's today. I might have to make this sometime this week and eat outside with an umbrella up. :)

  3. I am with Lizzy - can we come? :) Pleeeeeseeee :) This meatloaf looks perfect. I love the addition of pineapple. You know I am ready for Summer :)

  4. This meatloaf looks fabulous!! I've always wanted to try pineapple on my pizza, so I'm more than willing to try this. The sauce looks like a very tasty topping, too.

  5. Ramona...this looks delicious! My family loves meatloaf and this is another great way to change it up. I usually use ground turkey but with this beautiful sweet glaze, ground pork is the perfect compliment, great job:)

  6. Sounds very interesting, but I still can't abide pineapple :( The glaze sounds fantastic, though!

  7. This looks delicious and I would love to try pineapple next time in my savoury dish.

  8. This looks amazing Ramona, you did an awesome job with the recipe and the pictures. Congrats on Top 9!

  9. Looks so fabulous! I love meatloaf and can't wait to try this recipe!

  10. What a great post! I looove meatloaf of any variety. Congrats on Top 9!

  11. I've never had Hawaiian meatloaf, sounds fantastic, yum! Thanks for sharing, and Congratulations on Top 9!! Buzzed ya! =]

  12. I made this last week for my family and we absolutely loved it. Thank you so much! I love that there is no beef in this meatloaf! Thank you for sharing!!

  13. Hello dear Ramona! I've been away for awhile because I was working very hard - the office moved its address. Well here I am again and totally delighted with your meatloaf. It looks delicious! Great!


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