Chicken Meat Loaf – Grain free

Chicken meatloaf

When I was young, my mother bought a Sumeet Mixie, with which came a recipe booklet. The mixie also had a meat mincer blade and hence there were many minced meat recipes in the booklet…….one of which was Meat loaf. That picture was always there in my mind till I finally made this chicken mince meat loaf. I was more attracted towards that boiled egg embedded in the loaf, which looked so very pretty!!

Meat loaf is not a regular Indian food, but the experiments of grain free meals, led me to this dish. I searched the net and found many recipes. I picked up ingredients and methods from various websites and finally created this……

Ingredients

Chicken mince – 600 gms (I usually wash chicken breast, pat dry, cut in smaller pieces and then mince in my food processor. I feel it is necessary to have low moisture in the raw mince mixture…..the loaf will come out juicier this way)

Almond meal (I grind at home) – 3/4 cup,

Raw eggs for mixing in the dough – 2 nos

Hard boiled eggs (the ones you see inside) – 3 nos

Whatever herbs you have at home….dried or fresh – I used dried parsley and rosemary

salt as per taste

spices I used:

garlic powder – 1/2 tsp

ginger powder – 1/2 tsp

Cloves powder – 1/4 tsp

Nutmeg powder – 1 pinch

cinnamon powder – 1/4 tsp

little olive oil for greasing and basting.
Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients except boiled eggs and olive oil, to make the dough. Keep it covered in the fridge for at least 1 hr. Mix again thoroughly.
  2. Preheat oven at 180 degrees Centigrade, grease a baking dish, spread half of the mixture (4″ width approx) on the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Place hard boiled and peeled eggs, lengthwise, on the spread dough.
  4. Spread the rest of the dough on top and use greased hands to smoothen out and form a shape like a loaf.
  5. If you have space around the loaf, you can fill it with diced veggies of choice, and sprinkle salt, pepper and little olive oil.
  6. Bake this for approx 30 minutes and check with a toothpick for being done. Take out and let cool to room temp.
  7. Slice with a sharp knife and enjoy with ketchup, lots of raw salads and the baked veggies!!

This is our grain free dinner once in a while. If you are following BED, you can serve some cultured veggies along with this loaf too, so that it is digested well.

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