Hawaiian Meatloaf

 

Sam Choy is a world famous chef that specializes in flavors of the Hawaiian Islands.  In his book, Sam Choy's Island Flavors he has a recipe for a Hawaiian Meatloaf.  Recipezaar has published this recipe on its site (not sure if they are supposed to!).  Regardless, this is some pretty stellar loaf.

This recipe as written is pretty high in fat and carbs.  You can make it as is, or you can try my healthier version.  If you compare the two (or have read any of my past recipes), you'll see that I've about doubled the recipe and that I usually cook in large batches.  I do this for a couple of reasons:  1) I eat six meals a day for my fitness goals.  This helps me keep variety in my diet and allows high quality food to be available when I need it over the course of a few days.  This recipe would feed me for ten meals.  2) I have five kids.  If they happen to like what I make, that's a lot of mouths to feed!

Ingredients (Loaf)

  • 1 Large Maui Onion - Diced
  • 1 Cup of diced celery
  • 2 Lbs of 4% Fat Ground Beef
  • 2 Lbs of Ground Turkey Breast
  • 8 slices of Healthy Choice Turkey Ham
  • 1 Can (20 oz) of Crushed Pineapple in Juice (NOT SYRUP!)- Drained
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of minced ginger
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Pepper - Eye ball it.  (Perhaps 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Salt, 1/2 pepper) 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F

In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to combine all the ingredients except the ham.  This is messy, but fun.  Kids love this kind of stuff, at least mine do.  Just make sure you get everything mixed together well.

Pack 1/2 of the mixture in a Large Loaf Pan

Layer the ham slices over the meat loaf

Pack on the rest of the meatloaf mixture on top of the ham. 

Put in oven and cook for 1 hour 15 minutes (There's still more to do, keep reading!)

Ingredients (Glaze)

  • 2 Tbsp of Cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp of Water 
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Orange zest (a few scrapes)
  • 1/2 Cup of Sherry (because I couldn't find Mirin, and Sherry has less sugar)
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 2 Tbsp of Equal Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 2 tsp of minced ginger

Directions (Glaze)

Mix Cornstarch and 4 Tbsp of water in a small bowl and set aside

Mix all other ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Once boiling add the cornstarch water mixture.  Stir until thickened and remove from heat

Final Prep

After meatloaf has cooked, remove from oven (keep oven on) and drain off any fat from the pan.

Apply about 1/2 the glaze to the top of the meat loaf.

Put meatloaf back in oven for 15 minutes

Serving

Let meat loaf stand for at least 10 minutes.

Cut into slices and plate

Spoon on remaining glaze

Enjoy!

 

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My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.

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