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Mailbag: No-Beef Meatloaf

photo 1 (6)R: “I have a number of the same allergies as T but I have anaphylaxis to beef as well.  My husband loves his red meat and I was hoping you two might  be able to figure out some beef-free recipes that might satisfy my husband and I.”

D: My first thought for your quandary is ostrich and game meats.  Ostrich is likely a safer option than venison which could have similar results to beef, with regard to the anaphylaxis.  If you find ostrich, it has a very beef-like flavor despite being a bird.  The drawback is price and availability.  I’ve also only had this as chopped meat and not as a steak.

Six Free and Beef Free Meatloaf


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the meat, bread crumbs and egg replacer in a large bowl.  I skipped adding the water for the egg replacer and mixed the meat by hand.  Fit the meat into a loaf pan and evenly add a layer of BBQ sauce.  Cover with aluminum foil.  Cook the loaf for 30-40 minutes, check the meat with a thermometer before removing.  We added hot sauce to add something extra when served.

T’s Review: I love meatloaf!  This was very good but could have been better.  Next time I think we’ll add some chopped carrots or onion to the mix.

D’s Review: I was worried when cooking this that without real egg, the loaf wouldn’t hold together.  This was not true.  Turkey meatloaf is not beef, but it’s certainly got its own appeal.  I think adding chopped carrots, onion, green onion or garlic would take this up a level.  Worth experimenting with again


2 comments on “Mailbag: No-Beef Meatloaf

  1. Rachel Starchman
    January 7, 2014

    Sweet!!!!!! I can’t wait to make this! Thanks guys! I am going to track down some ostrich!!

    • David.Groveman
      January 8, 2014

      Reminder: Venison steak and chops are great, but I might consult an allergist in terms of how close they are to beef.

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This entry was posted on January 7, 2014 by in Comfort Food, Continental Cuisine, Easy recipe, Mailbag, Recipes, Turkey.
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