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Portobello Meatloaf with Tamarind

Portobello Meatloaf with Tamarind

Ketchup Glaze

YIELD: 4 loaves, 4-6 servings each

6 Tbsps. unsalted butter
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
6 Tbsps. canola oil
2 large red onions, thinly sliced
4 tsps. kosher salt
1 2” piece gingerroot, peeled,
finely minced
8 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 jalapeño pepper (seeded, deveined
for a milder flavor), finely minced
4 tsps. ground coriander
2 tsps. ground cumin
2 tsps. cracked peppercorns
8 portabella mushroom caps
(about 2 lbs), gills removed,
caps finely diced
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsps. garam masala
5 lbs. ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
2 1⁄2 lbs ground pork
2 red bell peppers, seeded, finely
1⁄2 cup finely chopped cilantro
6 large eggs
1 cup ketchup
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
(4 oz.)

For the ketchup glaze:
2 cups ketchup
2 tsps. tamarind paste
4 tsps. ground coriander
2 tsps. ground cumin
2 tsps. cracked peppercorns
1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs and toast until browned, stirring often, for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool.
2. Place 1 cup of water next to your cooktop. Saute the onions and salt with the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, cooking the onions until they’re soft and just starting to brown, stirring often. Stir in the ginger and cook, stirring often to prevent the ginger from burning and splashing with water if it starts to brown to much, until it’s fragrant, about 30 seconds.
3. Add the garlic and jalapeños and cook until the garlic is fragrant, splashing with water if necessary, for about 1 minute. Stir in the coriander, cumin, and cracked pepper and cook for 1 minute, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot often and splashing it with water whenever the spices or onions begin to stick to the bottom of the pot.
4. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they release their liquid and the liquid is evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the cayenne pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the garam masala, turn off the heat, and set the pot aside to cool.
5. Add the meat and the remaining ingredients to the bowl with the breadcrumbs, kneading it until everything is completely incorporated. Add the cooled mushroom mixture and knead until combined. Divide the mixture evenly into four 8 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2-inch loaf pans and bake for 1 hour (or cover the loaf pans with plastic wrap, place inside of resealable freezer bags, and freeze for up to 3 months; defrost overnight in your refrigerator before baking).
6. For the ketchup: Whisk the glaze ingredients together. Remove the meatloaves from the oven and carefully drain off any pooled fat in the pans. Evenly divide the glaze over each meatloaf and continue to bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the loaves reads 165°F on a digital thermometer. Let the meatloaves cool for 15 minutes before serving. Run a knife around the pan’s edges, slice, and serve.
Recipe co-developed by Richard Arakelian Sodexho Inc. and Suvir Saran, co-author of Indian Home Cooking and American Masala.
Photo from the Mushroom Council.