Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bean Loaf

Often I've used beans to stretch my meatloaves but I decided to go all bean today and just see what happened. What do you think? :)
Looks okay, huh?

How does it taste? Yummy
Is it obvious that it's not meat? Well, yeah.
Could you add a little meat to give it a better pass with suspicious eaters? Certainly!
More frugal than meat? Absolutely!

You could use any beans; pinto might be the best but I used cranberry beans for this one.
I can't seem to make up my mind on how 'mashed' they need to be though.
Left a little chunky, they give a meat-like texture but perhaps completely mashed they might be less obviously beans. 

2 1/2 cups beans
1 chopped onion sauteed in fat (bacon grease is a good choice!)
1 t minced garlic
1/2 t salt
1/4 t ground marjoram
1 t Worcestershire Sauce
dash of black pepper
1/4 t garlic powder (plus a sprinkle for the top)
1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs (about 2 slices of bread)
3/4 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup ketchup
2 eggs

3 to 4 T ketchup
garlic powder
dried parsley

Mash beans and blend with garlic, salt, marjoram, Worcestershire, black pepper, and garlic powder.
Add ketchup, eggs, oats, and bread crumbs.
Lastly blend in the onions once they've cooled slightly.

Spread in sprayed loaf pan and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
Spread on ketchup and sprinkle lightly with garlic powder and dried parsley.
Return to the oven for 3 minutes or so.
Serve- and see if you fool anyone ;-)
And then be sure to let me know!

Oh and- this is great sliced on sandwiches!
Rom 14:15  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.


Arden said...

Hi Donna. For some reason I thought you had quit blogging. It's really good to "see" you.
The bean loaf looks really good and I loved the low cost menu that Brandy linked to. Hope you all are well.

Donna said...

Hi Miss Arden!
I've missed you :)
Well, not totally quit...just less time :)