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Vegetarian Meatloaf

Vegetarian Meatloaf 8.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Jan 7, 2015

If you wanted to fool a meat eater into eating something vegetarian, this tender loaf could do it: It's packed with savory flavor, thanks to mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and miso. Tempeh and walnuts add more flavor and hearty texture.

Serve with mashed potatoes and a salad. Leftovers make great sandwiches.

Make Ahead: The unbaked loaf can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost before baking.


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Tested size: 8 servings; makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 small carrots, scrubbed well, then finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons red miso paste
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms (with stems), finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced (1/2 cup)
  • 8 ounces plain tempeh, crumbled
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (dried or oil-packed), finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard (may substitute English or yellow mustard)
  • 1 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (pimenton)
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (may substitute sorghum syrup)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the miso until incorporated.

Scrape the mixture into a large bowl. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper, tempeh, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, 1/4 cup of the ketchup, mustard, bread crumbs, eggs, smoked paprika and half-and-half. Work the mixture together with your hands until well combined.

Lightly pack the mixture into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake for 25 minutes, until the top is browned.

While the loaf is baking, make the glaze: Whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup, the soy sauce, hot sauce, pepper and maple syrup in a small bowl. Brush the top of the loaf with the glaze; return the loaf to the oven to bake for 10 minutes. Brush another coat of glaze on top; bake for a final 10 minutes.

Serve thick slices straight from the pan; or let the loaf cool slightly, then carefully invert the pan just enough to remove the loaf and place the loaf glazed side up on a platter. Pass the remaining glaze at the table.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table," by Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence (Thomas Nelson, 2013).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 350

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 19g 29%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 55mg 18%

Sodium: 610mg 25%

Total Carbohydrates: 35g 12%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 14g

Protein: 15g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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