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Table Talk » National Meatloaf Day

The folks at Serious Eats have declared October 18th to be National Meatloaf Appreciation Day. On October 18th, I'll be making my favorite meatloaf for one of my clients. I love traditional ground beef meatloaf, but all of my favorite meatloaves are made with ground lamb. The one I chose for National Meatloaf Appreciation Day is a great company meatloaf, but it is also easy enough to make for every day.

Both in my house and with my clients, meatloaf is not cold-weather food. I make it year round. It's good hot and cold. I always make huge meatloaves so that there are plenty of leftovers. One of my clients has me make meatloaf almost every time I cook for his family.

My favorite meatloaf is based on Lamb Spiral Loaf Stuffed with Feta and Mint from The Weekend Chef by Barbara Witt. Since I can never leave a recipe alone, I turned it into Lamb Spiral Loaf Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Mint.

I love making this meatloaf. You mix chopped red onion, minced garlic, fresh parsley, dried oregano, cumin, egg, salt, pepper, and ground lamb. Then spread it out on a sheet of foil into a large rectangle. Cover the surface with wilted baby spinach, feta, and chopped fresh mint, then use the foil to help you roll it up like a jelly roll. Bake it on a broiler pan to 160 degrees F. I always want to cut it immediately to see the spinach feta spiral, but it is better to wait 10 minutes before cutting it. For a dinner party, I serve it with a sauce made from diced tomatoes, red wine, mint, and oregano. For weeknight meals, I serve it without the sauce. It is delicious either way. It just came out of the oven. I can't wait to try it.

Here it is.

Lamb Spiral Loaf Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Mint

I use a probe thermometer when I cook it, so it always comes out moist. The combination of lamb, feta, spinach, and mint is exquisite. This meatloaf forms a delicious crust. Gotta go, my meatloaf is calling me.

Posted October 15, 2007 8:13 PM in Miscellaneous

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1 Comment(s)

MarcyK said… (on October 17, 2007 at 11:16 AM #)

That sounds wonderful! I've never really used ground lamb although I LOVE lamb. I must try this. I'll be making my bourbon meatloaf tomorrow, LOL! Happy National Meatloaf Day all!!!


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