Jeff and Geoffrey's Ultimate Meatloaf

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time45 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
Nonstick cooking spray, for spraying pan
8 ounces ground beef
8 ounces ground lamb
8 ounces ground pork
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely diced white onions (about 1 small)
1/2 cup coarsely crushed saltines (8 to 10 crackers)
1/2 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh mint
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg
1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta
Mint Tzatziki, recipe follows, for serving

For the Mint Tzatziki

1 English cucumber
Sea salt
1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Line the pan lengthwise with a long strip of parchment, rubbing it to adhere it to the pan and making sure it is long enough to hang over the ends of the pan.

2. Put the beef, lamb and pork into a large mixing bowl and add the olives, onions, crushed saltines, yogurt, mint, oregano, cumin, garlic and egg. Add the hot sauce, salt and some ground pepper and very gently mix with your hands until the ingredients are evenly incorporated.

3. Add the feta and mix lightly, incorporating the feta in whole crumbles if possible. Try not to over-mix; it can make the meatloaf tough.

4. Transfer the meat mixture to the pan and press it gently to eliminate any air pockets. Set the loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 70°C, 40 to 45 minutes.

5. Let the meatloaf cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before using the parchment paper to lift it out of the pan and transfer it to a serving platter. Slice while warm and serve with the Mint Tzatziki on the side.

For the Mint Tzatziki:

1. Grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater into a large fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl. Sprinkle the cucumber generously with salt, tossing a few times with your hands to evenly distribute it; let stand for 10 minutes to drain.

2. Using your hands, squeeze the cucumber to drain any excess moisture. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the yogurt, mint and garlic. Stir well to combine, taste and adjust the seasoning with salt if necessary.

3. Store the tzatziki in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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