10/21/09

tangy meatloaf bread

tangy meatloaf bread

I love meatloaf I do, but I hate it. I hate plain old meatloaf: a loaf of meat blah. I will eat meatloaf if it has a nice thick char-crust, full of flavor inside, and a lot of texture on the top. I've always felt that meatloaf needs something else: a coat, a jacket or something to add to it. Like a coat of bread. Just a plain old loaf of meat is, well, ick. Am I explaining this right? All mushy tasting with nothing to help it out. So I love to make my meatloaf enclosed in bread, BUT I still want that nice sticky, salty, sweet char-like topping--so I put that on the bread because if you put it on the meatloaf inside the bread it will just dissappear, melt away. The tanginess of the sauce on top of the bread is wonderful. Even if you don't eat meat you can fill this loaf with veggies and cheese, but use that tangy glaze! OK?

copyright 2009 dawn finicane

That end piece? Totally mine.

tangy meatloaf bread
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1 (1 pound) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
Some EV olive oil
1 lb. 85 lean ground beef
Few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 sweet onion chopped, lightly sautéed
1 green pepper chopped, lightly sautéed
1 cup +/- shredded mild cheddar or whatever cheese you like
¾ cup to 1 cup of caramelized onions, optional but wonderful
Cornmeal (for bottom of bread dough)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a skillet heat up a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, lightly sauté the onions & peppers; add some salt & pepper. Remove from pan then thoroughly cook the ground beef; season with salt & pepper. You want to cook the beef till almost done, not all the way as it will finish cooking in the oven. At the last minute of cooking the ground beef drain off the fat, leave a bit in there for flavor, then add in a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Then add back in the sautéed peppers & onions; mix all together; turn off heat; set aside. Get out your silpat and jellyroll pan and sprinkle with a bit of cornmeal (optional). Roll thawed bread dough out into a rectangle onto a silpat sheet.
I place the filling on one side of the dough, I don’t sprinkle it around as I want the center to be one layer. But feel free to do as you like. Place the cooked meat mixture on the dough, then add a layer of caramelized onions, then top off with cheese. Roll up dough like a jelly roll and pinch seams to seal; place, seam side down. If dough is really sticky dip your fingers into some flour, repeat if necessary as you continue to roll. Bake for about 30 – 40 minutes, depending on your oven. While this is baking mix up the tangy glaze and get it ready to put on the loaf. At the 15 – 20 minute mark use a pastry brush and smear the tangy glaze over the top of the loaf. Bake for remaining time or until the bread crust is lightly golden brown.
You need to wait about 10 minutes before slicing this bad boy.

Tangy Glaze
1/2 cup ketchup
4 TB dark brown sugar
4 ts cider vinegar
Couple dashes of hot sauce, optional but wonderful

Mix all together in a dish. Put on the loaf about halfway thru its cooking time.

69 comments:

  1. I don't do meat, but I still love your creativity in the kitchen:)

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  2. This is so cool! I do not exaggerate - the moment the photo came up on screen, my stomach growled its approval! I love meatloaf only when I have a craving for it; otherwise, it's very 'meh!' I would crave this constantly.

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  3. This is freakin' amazing. I feel the same about meatloaf..like it...but don't. This is too cool.

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  4. Oh my gosh, that looks so good!!! wow...ingenius! And now I'm so hungry!

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  5. Great, now I have to wipe drool off my keyboard again. This looks scrumptious!!!

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  6. If it wasn't rude to cuss on someone else's blog, I would right now. Holy $*&t# this looks good! :)

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  7. Between this and your fudge puddles, I am now starving!

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  8. My favourite is the end piece too. This looks delicious. I love how stuffed it is.

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  9. I am loving this! All sorts of filling ideas are running through my mind!

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  10. I know what you mean about meatloaf needing something and I think this is kind of genius.

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  11. That's an interesting twist!

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  12. What a FABULOUS idea. Josh would LOVE this! Bread+meat baked up together- its like the meatloaf sammy from heaven ;)

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  13. this is so exotic it should have an exotic name - beouf du pain or something 'frenchy'

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  14. I love the twist on the meatloaf. I'd consider this the "handy" version and much more appealing.

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  15. You are a genius. Seriously. Your creativity and skill amaze me!! This looks AMAZING!

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  16. That is awesome. Wrapping things in bread always makes them better! I agree, meatloaf needs a good crust and texture. Otherwise it's not worth it, I don't think.

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  17. holy rollers, dawn--this is so inventive and unique and DELICIOUS! best meatloaf variation EVER.

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  18. mmm delicious!! i know what you mean about meatloaf...i like igt but it's a bit boring - this looks like the perfect solution!!

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  19. Dawn, that is a great idea! I love it, and I am totally like you - I love the ends!

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  20. The first time I ever had meatloaf, I vomited (true story) so I didn't eat it again for about 10 years (foreign family so we ate other things). However, I like how you did a flavorful loaf and wrapped it BREAD! You are awesome. Seriously, when is your restaurant opening?

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  21. I'm drooling at this meatloaf bread at this very moment.

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  22. It takes the meatloaf sandwich to new heights! Meatloaf is totally delicious. How could you have a love-hate relationship????

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  23. Genius. I've always been a fan of meatloaf but only recently have I come to love meatloaf sandwiches. You've just found a quicker route to those sandwiches.

    ps - I call the other end piece.

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  24. Where in the hell does your little head come up with these things????
    What a brillant idea Mizz Smarty Panty!

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  25. What you have there is similar to a Runza. YUM!

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  26. oooh, i wasn't a fan of meatloaf as a kid... probably for all the reasons you mentioned :) but this looks amazing!! how creative!

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  27. That looks delicious! Especially that tangy glaze!

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  28. The moment I saw this my stomach grumbled! I always go for the end piece of the meatloaf too! I call dibs on the other end piece!

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  29. Sometimes I just don't know what to say. I having one of those moments right now :-)

    Interesting for sure.

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  30. What an excellent idea to bake a meatloaf inside a delicious bread! I love it! The tangy glaze sounds very flavorful!

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  31. Holy Crap-YUM!! I love bread with every meal, but as PART of the main dish? Genius!

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  32. Awesome!!! I was just thinking meatloaf sounds rocking and you just one upped it and managed to get my Bloody BBA post in for the week.

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  33. Great idea & it looks wonderful!

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  34. So when do you get your own cooking show? You are the most creative cook around!

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  35. I'm fighting you for that end piece!
    Meatloaf can be boring, but this looks really good. I can think of a bunch of things to stuff bread with. You are soooo clever!

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  36. That is some kind of awesome!

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  37. woman, you're a freaking GENIUS!! I love you. Marry me.

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  38. I know, it's all about the end piece. Try the end piece of a prime rib, with all the spices in the crust. Delicious!

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  39. You have come up yet again with a perfect play on this meatloaf! A "stick to your ribs kind!"

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  40. I would go for the end piece also. Totally delicious that meatloaf bread.

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  41. This is so creative, never have thought to do this. Delicious!!

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  42. Wonderfully clever! I'm not a huge meatloaf fan either, but could easily be tempted by this. The glaze looks amazing.

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  43. Whoa! This is really neat Dawn. Genius really!

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  44. I love what you did with it. WOW!! Am sure that sauce just takes the bread to another level altogether. YUM!!

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  45. Wow!! This is freaking GOOD!!!!!!!!!

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  46. Oh, hooray! The last few times I've been here I haven't been able to pull up the comment page. That meatloaf looks fantastic. Talk about a substantial sandwich. I had meatloaf on the menu this week, but it won't hold a candle to this. Change of plans! Thanks for the recipe.

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  47. ooooh, Man-loaf! I can easily live without it but the hubby thinks its quite tasty. Those Brits! lol. Creative as usual. Hope to see you on FB so we can chat! I miss talking with you and I want to hear about your trips to sephora! lol

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  48. i l-o-v-e meatloaf. i have a pretty tasty version that has a lot of grated zuchinni in it.

    i'll take the other end piece, thank you ;)

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  49. This is very creative! I love that you can hold it in your hand, it's like a pie.. I love handheld pie-like savory pastry things like this.

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  50. Oh my, this is very creative! I like how you tweaked it to your likings. Sounds wonderful!

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  51. This is not a new idea. It's called a "Runza". Google "Runza" and you will see what I mean. These have been around for many years.

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  52. I just discovered this blog, and there is some amazing food going on here!

    I am not a fan of meatloaf but this might convert me.

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  53. Hey gal, I missed you so much. Thanks for the encouragement when I was feeling like quitting the blog thing just because I was SO tired.

    I feel your pain about the weather. It feels like the summer that wasn't has now been followed by the fall that wasn't. If the weather gods were fair they would give us a mild winter...

    Now, onto the food! Because you have elevated meatloaf to a whole other dimension that might even make my teenagers try it. And if they don't like it, that just means more for me!

    Did I mention how much I missed you?

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  54. to the "anonymous" person!
    never heard of runza, will google it for sure. what nationality is it?

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  55. Dawn looks amazing, I am drooling! Your are so creative! This is a sandwich I would really enjoy!

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  56. What a gorgeous loaf of bread! Really tempting!

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  57. This is brilliant - putting the tang on the outside and this kind of meatloaf makes sense to me!

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  58. Dawn, when is your cookbook coming out? Your creativity is amazing!

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  59. OMG that looks awesome!!!!!!

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  60. Dawn,
    I believe the Runza sandwich is German. They are very popular in the Midwest (Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota). My favorite is the "original".

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  61. oh DAMN, girl! This is right up my alley! it's kind of like a meat stromboli!

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  62. I like the concept, looks delish!!

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  63. What a great idea! Fabulous family meal. Especially if you made them in individual portions ready to grab on the way to a soccer game.

    allison
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    http://lastbite.blogspot.com

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  64. oh I was looking for something like this for a long time! Thanks for posting!

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  65. I can't wait for my ground meat to defrost to try this! I think it would also be great using puff pastry.

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  66. oh wow, this looks amazing, thanks for sharing!!

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  67. I made this tonight and WOW was it good! For some reason, mine deflated after coming out of the the oven, but it was still super tasty. I added onions caramelized in dijon mustard, sauteed mushrooms and red bell peppers. Dawn, your ideas are absolutely wonderful. Thank you!

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