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From now on the year 2017 will be known as the year my family decided they love meatloaf. And to celebrate, and maybe turn a couple of you into meatloaf lovers, I have the BEST new recipe! It’s Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze with Chinese 5 Spice and Scallions: a fresh take on an old classic that’s kid approved! And it is magnificent!

5 Spice Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze is a make over of an old classic that’s a delicious kid friendly comfort food dinner! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Yep. Dinner is about to be magnificent.

5 Spice Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze is a make over of an old classic that’s a delicious kid friendly comfort food dinner! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Backing up, earlier this year, back in the spring, I had a couple pounds of beef left over from a photo shoot, and I decided that I wanted to try making meatloaf. Before we had kids, Jase and I used to eat meatloaf pretty regularly. At least once a month I would throw ingredients into a bowl, never the same exact ratio twice, and then bake it into a loaf or sometimes mini meatloaves in muffin tins.

But then I stopped or rather the kids stopped me from making it because they hated it. And I was just too frustrated to keep trying. Instead ground beef or turkey was turned into burgers, chop suey or chili.

5 Spice Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze is a make over of an old classic that’s a delicious kid friendly comfort food dinner! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

So this go round, I grabbed my copy of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook and used their formula, which had a super yummy sweet jam glaze on top. And whatdayaknow!?! The girls devoured it and affirmed that they loved it!

So I made a note to self: To get kids to like meatloaf, use a recipe that has been tested before and put sweet stuff on top of it.

5 Spice Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze is a make over of an old classic that’s a delicious kid friendly comfort food dinner! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Then I kinda got meatloaf on the brain, and I knew I had to make a meatloaf for you guys here on Healthy Seasonal Recipes! But I haven’t shared a meatloaf here since I first started the blog, and I knew this one would have to be less traditional than the meatloaf I shared in 2011. Magnificent even.

5 Spice Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze is a make over of an old classic that’s a delicious kid friendly comfort food dinner! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

So I sautéed yellow pepper, garlic and onion. Aside: this is a step I always used to skip- but after trying the BHG recipe, I realized it makes a big difference in the overall texture of the meatloaf. Then I made fresh breadcrumbs and added Chinese 5-Spice Powder, scallions and toasted sesame oil to the meat. Then I glazed the top with apricot jam mixed with ginger and cider vinegar. I tested it with both turkey and beef because I know a lot of you prefer one or the other, and I wanted to make sure it worked both ways. The results are in: Magnificent!

5 Spice Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze is a make over of an old classic that’s a delicious kid friendly comfort food dinner! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

How to Make Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze

  1. Ground Beef of Ground Turkey: This recipe works with ground beef or ground turkey. For best results look for 90% lean turkey and 90 to 93% lean beef. When making burgers and meatloaf, I prefer freshly ground beef, as opposed to cryovaced, but finding organic, local and grass fed beef that’s freshly ground can be difficult. I always choose local and organic first- and beggars can’t be choosers.
  2. Kneading: You have to keep a couple things in mind when mixing the meat, veggies, spices, breadcrumbs and egg. Turkey is much softer and easier to mix with the breadcrumbs and vegetable mixture. So much so that you can over mix it rather quickly. Over mixing can create a spongy texture. Alternatively, the beef, particularly if it was cryovaced will be more difficult to work into an even texture with the veggies and seasoning. Either way, the best way to do the mixing is with clean dry hands, gloves are optional. {Make sure you have removed your rings! Yuck!} Then keep working it together until the breadcrumbs and veggies are evenly incorporated. Then stop. As I said, overworking will make the meatloaf spongy.
  3. Fresh Breadcrumbs: For the breadcrumbs, I made fresh crumbs from sandwich bread. I really love Dave’s Killer Bread- White Done Right for this recipe. It is whole grain, but doesn’t taste like whole-wheat. There is a Vermont Bakery that makes a multi-grain bread that I also love, so if you have one that’s locally made that you really like, try that. Avoid whole-wheat bread that contains any caramel color or molasses. Those flavors will come out in the meatloaf, and I find them distracting. To make the fresh breadcrumbs, I just cut the crusts off and then process it in the food processor with the steal blade attachment. Sorry friends, I have not tested it with gluten-free bread. Please leave a comment below if you make it with GF bread.
  4. Seasoning: I tested with both Szechuan seasoning and Chinese 5 Spice. I found that 1 teaspoon was plenty of sweet and savory flavor, without making it so ethnic tasting that the kids would go back to their meatloaf eschewing ways. I also added in two teaspoons of toasted sesame oil, which makes the meatloaf taste very rich, and plays off the scallions.
  5. Sweet Apricot Ginger Glaze: The real deal-sealer is the glaze on this. I bought Santa Cruz organic apricot jam. I used ¼ cup of that and mixed it with just a teaspoon of grated ginger. I used my microplane zester to grate the ginger. It makes the ginger into a paste almost- very different from minced ginger which is fluffier by comparison. So if you do not have a microplane, you can mince the ginger but maybe consider adding a touch more minced ginger- like 1 ½ teaspoon. Yes you can used ground dry ginger instead- ¾ teaspoon should be plenty! Then add in a splash of vinegar. This balances the sweetness, and it also makes the glaze looser, so that it melts down over the meatloaf.
  6. Easy Clean-up: Line your baking sheet with parchment. It makes the clean up a billion times easier. I would not recommend foil because it is reactive.

5 Spice Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze is a make over of an old classic that’s a delicious kid friendly comfort food dinner! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

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And please let me know if you make this recipe by leaving a comment below.

Happy Cooking!

~ Katie

5 spice meatloaf with apricot ginger glaze
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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 5 ounces

Calories per serving: 282

Fat per serving: 13 g

Saturated fat per serving: 3 g

Carbs per serving: 16 g

Protein per serving: 25 g

Fiber per serving: 2 g

Sugar per serving: 8 g

Sodium per serving: 417 mg

Trans fat per serving: 0 g

Cholesterol per serving: 101 mg

5 spice meatloaf with apricot ginger glaze

5 Spice Meatloaf with Apricot Ginger Glaze is a make over of an old classic that’s a delicious kid friendly comfort food dinner!

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons avocado oil or organic canola oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow or red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 slices stale multigrain sandwich bread, crust removed
  • ½ cup finely chopped scallions
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice Powder or Szechuan seasoning
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef, preferably 90% lean
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup apricot jam
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium- high heat. Add onion, bell pepper garlic and salt and cook, stirring often until the vegetables are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. Process bread in a food processor fitted with a steel blade attachment until it forms rough crumbs. Add the breadcrumb, scallions, sesame oil and spice to the bowl with the vegetables and stir to combine. Add turkey or beef and egg to the bowl. Gently knead with clean hands until the mixture is fully combined. Pat meatloaf mixture into a long loaf about 12-inches long by 4 ½ inches wide on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Transfer the sheet pan to the oven and cook, until the top is browned, about 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile stir jam, ginger and vinegar together in a small bowl.
  6. Remove meatloaf from oven, and top with the glaze. Return to the oven and bake until an insta-read thermometer inserted into the venter of the meatloaf reaches 165 degrees F, 12 to 15 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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