When autumn calls for comfort food, the wholesome flavour and fibre from fresh apples will turn this meatloaf into a family staple.
1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
1 cup (250 mL finely chopped cooking onion
2 large BC Tree Fruits Royal Gala apples, cored, grated.
1 tsp mild paprika
1 tsp thyme leaves, dried or fresh
½ tsp dried sage (optional)
½-1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 large eggs
2 tsp (10 mL) Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ cups dry bread, cracker, or corn flake crumbs
1 1/2 lbs (700g) lean ground meat; beef, pork, or a blend.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Saute onion in canola oil until glassy. Stir in grated apples, spices, salt and pepper, then remove to cool.
Whisk eggs and Worcestershire in a large mixing bowl, stir in bread crumbs and apple/onion mixture. Lightly crumble ground meat into wet ingredients, tossing together with two forks.
Spray one large (9” x 2.75”) loaf pan or two smaller loaf pans. Gently press meatloaf into pan.
Bake 60-75 minutes on a rimmed baking sheet until a meat thermometer reads 160-180 deg F. Remove and rest 10 minutes. Slice into 1” pieces and enjoy!
*Optional: during the last 15 minutes of cooking, glaze with barbecue sauce, peach or apricot jam, or balsamic vinegar.