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Mediterranean feta meatloaf

Meatloaf is anything but mundane when seasoned with Mediterranean-inspired ingredients: oregano, cumin, lemon and feta cheese, yet it’s just as easy to make as ever
Recipe provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada ©
Meatloaf with tomatoes feta topping on white plate
8 servings / 1 hour 15 min 

Prep 20 min / Cook 55 min 

Ingredients 
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) fine bulgur or whole wheat couscous

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) 1% milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 1/2 lb (750 g) extra lean ground beef

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) crumbled feta cheese (2 oz/60 g)

    Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) chopped tomatoes

  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried oregano

  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) crumbled feta cheese (2 oz/60 g)

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) grated lemon zest

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice

     
Directions 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Line a 9 x 5-inch (23 by 12.5 cm) metal loaf pan with foil. Using the tip of a knife, poke a small hole in each bottom corner of the foil (this helps liquid drain off).

  2.  In a large bowl, combine bulgur, oregano, cumin, pepper and milk; let soak for 15 minutes.

  3. Add egg to bulgur mixture; using a fork, mix until well blended. Add ground beef and feta cheese and mix gently to combine (do not overwork meat).

  4. Press into prepared loaf pan; flatten top. Bake for 40 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, place tomatoes in a strainer set over a bowl and drain off excess liquid. In a medium bowl, combine oregano, pepper, feta cheese, lemon zest and juice; let marinate while meatloaf bakes.

  6. Stir drained tomatoes into marinated feta mixture (discard tomato liquid). Spoon evenly on top of meatloaf, pressing lightly. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the centre of the meatloaf registers at least
    165 °F (74 °C) and topping is hot.

  7. Let stand for 10 minutes. Carefully lift foil to remove meatloaf from pan, letting excess liquid drain off through holes. Cut into thick slices.


Nutritional info per serving (1 of 8) 
  • Calories 263
  • Protein 26 g
  • Total Fat 10 g
    Saturated Fat 5 g
    Cholesterol 99 mg
  • Carbohydrates 16 g
    Fibre 1 g
    Sugars 3 g
    Added sugars 0 g 
  • Sodium 253 mg
  • Potassium 484 mg