My husband is an avid deer hunter, so our freezer is always stocked with venison, a naturally lean meat. So lean that we have to have pork fat added to the ground venison so that it will stay together. Last year 10% was added, but this year we cut it down to 5%... much better! I suppose venison is something I've gotten used to over time, but really the flavor isn't that different from beef, especially when seasoned and prepared well.
real-solution for 2014. I like to serve steamed broccoli or green beans and a baked potato with this meatloaf.
Italian Meatloaf with Fresh Basil & Provolone
Adapted from Cooking Light
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded sharp provolone chese
2 large egg whites
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground venison (or ground beef)
1/3 cup ketchup
1. Combine the boiling water and tomatoes in a bowl; let stand for 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and finely chop tomatoes.
2. Preheat over to 350*.
3.Combine chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup ketchup, and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Shape meat mixture into a cookie sheet coated with cooking spray. Spread 1/3 cup ketchup over meatloaf. Insert a meat thermometer into the loaf. Bake at 350* for 1 hour or until thermometer registers 160*. Let stand 10 minuted before slicing. Cut into 12 slices.
This recipe is easily doubled. I made two loaves, baked both, and froze one. Just thaw the frozen loaf in the refrigerator overnight and heat at 350* for about 30-45 minutes, and enjoy!