Sunday, December 29, 2013

Vegetarian Meatloaf

Prep/Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes     Serves 6

1             large red bell pepper
1             large green bell pepper
2             pounds  cremini  mushrooms  , coarsely  chopped
1             tablespoon olive oil 
1             cup 1/2-inch asparagus pieces
1/2          cup chopped  red onion
1             cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1             cup chopped walnuts , toasted
2             tablespoons chopped  fresh basil
1             tablespoon Ketchup
 1            tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2          teaspoon kosher salt
1/2          teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4             ounces  fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese , grated
2             large eggs , lightly beaten
                            cooking spray
2               tablespoons ketchup
1               tablespoon Vodka or vegetable broth
1/4            teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 .       Preheat broiler  to high .
2 .       To prepare  meat loaf , cut bell peppers  in half  lengthwise  ; discard the membranes  . Place  pepper halfs  , skin sides  up on foil-lined  baking  sheet ; flatten with hand . Broil 12 minutes  or until  blackened . Place in a paper bag  ; fold to close  tightly . Let stand for 10 minutes . Peel and chopped . Place bell peppers in a large bowl .
3 .         Reduce oven temperature  to 350*F.
4 .         Place about  1/4 of mushrooms  in a food processor  ; pulse 10 times  or until finely chopped . Transfer  chopped mushrooms  to a bowl . Repeat procedure  3 times  with remaining  mushrooms .
5.          Heat a large nonstick  skillet over medium-high heat  . Add oil to pan  ; saute 15 minutes  or until liquid evaporates , stirring  occasionally . Add mushrooms  to bell peppers  . Wipe pan with paper  towels . Add asparagus  and onion  to pan ; saute  6 minutes  or until just tender , stirring  occasionally . Add onion mixture  to mushroom mixture .
6 .          Arrange breadcrumbs  in an even layer  on a baking sheet ; bake at 350*F for 10 minutes  or until golden . Add breadcrumbs  and next 8 ingredients  (through eggs)  to mushroom mixture  , stirring well . Spoon mixture  into a 9x5-inch loaf pan  coated  with cooking spray ; press  gently to pack . Bake  at 350*F  for 45 minutes  or until thermometer  registers 155*F.
7.            TO PREPARE TOPPING :
Combine  2 tablespoons  ketchup  and remaining  ingredients  in a small  bowl ; brush  ketchup  mixture over meat loaf . Bake an additional  10 minutes  . Let stand 10 minutes  ; cut into 6 slices .        


  1. Dear Nee,
    You always come up with such amazing recipes! I have never had walnuts in my meatloaf before, or the flavor of Vodka! That must be delicious! I love all the combination of all your ingredients, and no meat. I love how it all comes together. I would love this as I do not eat much red meat anymore. I wonder could you do this and make hamburgers with the same ingredients? Thanks for sharing this...I wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year, 2014! Blessings, Dottie :)

    1. Hi Dottie , It's quite easy , just think about what you like and of course I have my willing tasters . With holidays and a lot of rich foods , you have to get back to basics . If course you can make hamburgers with the same ingredients , you may need an extra egg to keep it all together and a Happy , Healthy and Prosperous New Year for 2014 and Blessing dear Dottie from my family to yours . Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Wow, what a creative recipe! I love the idea of this. Mushrooms have so much flavor, one wouldn't miss the meat. Really nice - thanks. And Happy New Year!

    1. Hi John , after so much rich foods at Christmas time , needed some vegetables and mushrooms was their meat . Happy New year to you and your family and thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Thanks Nee, for another creative and healthy recipe. We do need to eat healthier and this would be a good start.

    1. Hi Ginger , You are most welcome , I make meatless dinners at least 3 times a month Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Never in a million years would I think that gorgeous looking meat loaf was meatless, Nee!!! Simply amazing!!! What flavors, what ingredients, such deliciousness!!! Thank you so much for sharing, Nee. You should bring this recipe over and post it on Chaya's Meatless Mondays. She would LOVE it, too!!!

    1. Hi Louise , the meatloaf was Saturday dinner , a small salad and some fruit was all that was needed , the kids had seconds , even the baby (5) :D , I made 2 dishes and none was left . I would love to carry it over to Chaya's Meatless Mondays , I don't have a clue how . Thanks for stopping by ")
      P.S. emailing you to ask how .Nee

  5. Wishing you the very best this Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

    1. tHi Cquek , Thanks and wishing you a wonderful New Year and it last throughout the year , thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Dear Nee, That looks like a very beautiful vegetarian "meat-loaf". I am sure I would enjoy it.
    Wishing you a Happy and Blessed New Year. Catherine xo

    1. Hi Catherine , You would enjoy this meatloaf , the mushrooms is your meat . Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. Such 'meatloaf' is a really great and delicious idea :) I still have one planned for someday.

    1. Hi Medeja, try it , you will love it , comfort foods for people on the go , thanks for stopping by :)


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