OMG- meatloaf with certified gluten free oats!
We have not eaten meatloaf in years mainly because my Gluten Free Teen was a vegetarian for five years.
It all started with the Evergreen State Fair - when my kids were smaller they loved going to the fair - riding the carnival-style rides and walking through the house of mirrors and seeing the animals and crafts.
About five years ago we were walking through the animal barns at the fair when we saw the baby pigs - there was a pen full of piglets - weighing about ten pounds each at that time, pink and well, cute actually.
We live on two-acres on what we call our little "hobby farm" (we have a big garden, fruit orchard and chickens) and so we thought about buying one of the pigs and adding it to our hobby farm as a pet, of course.
By now three kids are exuberantly picking out their new pet while I am trying to convince Dad that a pig would be fun. Yes, in retrospect, a "what in the heck was I thinking moment!"
In walks the farmer and we explain that we were thinking of buying one of his piglets. The farmer was not amused at the city folk thinking we would just buy a pig.
He went on to explain that these pigs were raised for food, that within a matter of months it would be so huge we would need a backhoe to move it out of our yard and that it would be bacon in about a year.
Even fully grown, I don't think the pig would ever get as big as the tears my kids shed at the moment they realized their future pet would be dinner.
Jumping into action, I shuffle the kids into the next barn while Dad tries to explain to the farmer what being tactful means. Of course, we charge into a huge display of a cow neatly dissected showing the cuts of meat juxtaposed against a barn full of living cows. The reality of where food actually comes from struck home again.
From that moment forward, my Gluten Free Teen decided to become a vegetarian. She said if she could not have a pig as a pet, she certainly was not going to eat it.
I hear that it is pretty common for kids to go through this vegetarian phase - instead of fighting her about it, we adopted the lifestyle ourselves. We did fine on a vegetarian diet - it took time, but we came to the point where the rest of the family would only eat lean meat on a occasion.
Then last summer the Gluten Free Teen decided she had protested long enough and she ate a hot dog, and then a hamburger, and now we are back to eating meat a little more frequently.
So I decided to try meatloaf and, oh my goodness, it was delicious! I know your family will enjoy this recipe as well.
Now I am thinking that maybe this was not such a great story to share with a recipe for meatloaf! It is also a commentary on how far removed our modern society is from where our food actually comes from. My grandparents raised their own beef, while we buy it packaged in Styrofoam from the grocery story. No wonder my kids were so freaked out.
And, no, we have not been back to the fair recently.
Gluten Free Meatloaf with Certified GF Oats
1/3 cup Milk (use non-milk alternative for dairy free recipe)
1 cup dry certified gluten free oatmeal finely ground (we use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pounds ground pork
1/4 cup grated onions
1/4 cup grated carrots
1 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
a small pinch cayenne pepper
Process the oatmeal in a food processor until finely ground.
In a medium bowl, combine milk and gluten free oatmeal. Let sit for a couple of minutes. Stir in eggs, 1/4 cup ketchup, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, pork, onions and carrots. Stir in oatmeal mixture until combined thoroughly.
Line a rimed cookie sheet with foil. Shape the mixture into a loaf. Score the top diagonally.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
While it is baking, make the ketchup glaze by combining ½ cup ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon salt. Remove meatloaf after 30 minutes and coat with ketchup glaze.
Bake for another 30 minutes or until done.
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