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Recipe: Filipino Meatloaf 

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Yeah. That look you have on your face as you clicked this thinking “what the flip is Filipino Meatloaf” was the same face I had when I saw the recipe. But you know what it is?

Delicious.

Let me preface this post by saying my nephew and junior chef, JJ, is half Filipino and his late grandmother was a phenomenal cook. The first time I met her, she already had ready food for me. When I went to pick her and JJ’s grandpa up to take them to the hospital the morning JJ was born, she made me eat a bowl of chicken adobo first. She was the sweetest and because of her, Filipino food holds a very special place in our hearts.

Recently, JJ made a trip to the library and picked up a book called Adobo Road by the food bloggers at Burnt Lumpia. We tried to find a meal that we could make with the meat we had on hand, ground turkey, and that wouldn’t take like 4 hours to cook.

That’s when we found it.

A meal that could feed the whole family, but well within our comfort zone.

Filipino Meatloaf!

Yeah, I always thought it was just a 50’s housewife go-to meal, too.


Filipino Meatloaf 

A twist on the traditional meatloaf.

Our version is roughly half of the original. For the original and many more delicious authentic recipes, buy the book!

The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-From Food Blog, to Food Truck, and Beyond [Filipino Cookbook, 99 Recipes]

  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs, we crumbled a slice of bread we toasted in the oven
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1/2 TBSP fish sauce
  • 1 TBSP black pepper, we had a bit of a mishap here, read on to see what happened 😂
  • 1/2 TBSP ketchup, or banana ketchup, recipe is in the book
  • 1 TBSP oil, we missed this but it still turned out well
  • 1/2 medium sized onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 20 oz package of ground turkey, or other meat
  • 3 harboiled eggs, shells removed

Instructions

  1. Boil yo eggs. 
  2. Prep yo veggies. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, pepper, ketchup and oil. Let it sit aside for 5-10 minutes. JJ accidentally added a full tablespoon of pepper instead of a half tablespoon of pepper because I didn’t realize that 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoons existed so I told JJ to put 1 1/2 teaspoons in and JJ only saw the “1/2” and assumed that was the right one to use to add three 1/2 teaspoons full to the mix. Let’s just say we ended up with a meatloaf that had a very peppery punch. 😂
  4. While it is soaking, sautée the onions and peppers until they are translucent. 
  5. Let the veggies cool a bit and then add them and meat to the bowl with the milk mixture. Using a rubber spatula, mix it together well. 
  6. The original recipe says to form the meatloaf on a pan, but we used a glass loaf pan. In the loaf pan, put a layer of the meat mixtre on the bottom, as well as up the sides of the pan, then lay out the eggs in a row. 
  7. Add the rest of the meat over the top to completely cover the eggs. 
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until the internal temperature for the meat you are using reaches it’s ideal temperature. For turkey, it’s around 185. Ours turned out a little runny looking when we oulled it from the oven, but it drained off. Nothing to be afraid of! 👍
  9. Serve with a side of veggies or salad. We sautéed zucchini and the other half of the onion and made some mashed potatoes. 

If you make this dish, please post a picture of it on instagram and tag us @thevintagetart or post it our facebook page!


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