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Indonesian Buffalo Meatloaf Sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember years ago when my family got its very first microwave oven.  It was the early 1970’s and I will never forget the day when my mother attempted to make a meatloaf in it.  First of all, she had never made meatloaf before and the cookbook that came with the microwave said that it could be done.  She followed that recipe in the book and as a result my poor sister and I had to eat it for dinner.  I honestly have to say that it was “technically” edible but it looked and tasted like a beat up hockey puck.  After that experience, I swore that I would never ever eat meatloaf again…  Not to mention, but that microwave cookbook deserved to be tossed.

Well, I am older, I am wiser and have learned to never say never.  And, most importantly, I don’t cook meatloaf in a microwave.

My recipe for Indonesian Buffalo Meatloaf is a twist on traditional meatloaf but prepared with buffalo (bison) meat and Indonesian soy sauce and spices.  If you don’t have access to ground buffalo, feel free to substitute a high quality low fat ground beef.  This meatloaf is moist, flavorful and any leftovers make the BEST meatloaf sandwiches!  Makes 6 servings.  Enjoy! – Tessa

Meatloaf Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground buffalo
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 c. panko crumbs
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 2 Tbls. Indonesian soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 Tbls. garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbls. tomato ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp. ground mace
  • 1 Tbls. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. canola oil

Round up your ingredients.  Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.  Chop your onion and sauté in canola oil until translucent.   Cool.  Lightly mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Don’t be afraid to use your hand to mix.  Don’t over mix it unless you like tough meatloaf.  Shape into a loaf shape and put in a greased 9″ X 5″ baking pan.  Now let’s make the sauce.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. tomato ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbls. Indonesian Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbls. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • Sambal Oelek if you are daring!

Mix together the above sauce ingredients and brush over the meatloaf.  Place in oven uncovered and cook about an hour, reaching an internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  Remove meatloaf from your oven and let it rest for about 10 – 12 minutes before you serve it.  The meatloaf will continue to cook for a few more minutes after leaving the oven .  It is important to let rest because it will slice easier and the juices will stay in the meat. Drizzle some Indonesian Soy Sauce over the meatloaf.  Slice and serve.  Got leftovers?  See below…

Sandwich ingredients: 

  • Sliced meatloaf (chilled)
  • fresh sliced tomato
  • lettuce leaf or two
  • clover sprouts
  • leftover meatloaf sauce
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread

If you can make a sandwich, you can make these.  Assemble the sandwich with the above ingredients and slice in half.  Put a pick in each sandwich half to help hold it together.  Serve with bread and butter pickles.

 

Itty Bitty Buffalo Burgers

Just imagine… Little itty bitty buffalo burgers, topped with smoked gouda cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and a spankin smoked paprika aioli.  If you like avocado, toss that on top too.  Did you catch that?  I bet you did…  So now go to the store and gather your ingredients.  Make these little gems for your next backyard BBQ or serve them up while you watch your favorite sporting event.  Dang!  These burgers are awesome!  Makes 6 itty bitty burger gems.

Let’s begin by making the aioli.

Smoked Paprika Aioli ingredients:

1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons finely minced garlic, or to taste

Note:  this smoked paprika aioli can be used on crab cakes, grilled fish, and even potato fries.

Now let’s pull the buffalo burgers together…

Burger ingredients:

1 pound ground buffalo (bison)
1 Tbls. Indonesian soy sauce
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
fresh cracked black pepper about 1/4 tsp.
6 small french rolls

garnish with the following:

smoked paprika aioli (see above)
sliced smoked gouda cheese
lettuce
tomato
grilled onions
avocado

In a medium sized mixing bowl, lightly mix the ground buffalo, Indonesian soy sauce, seasoning sauce and cracked black pepper. Shape into 6 patties.  Fire up your BBQ or indoor grill.  In the meantime, prepare your garnishes. Slice your french rolls in half and lightly butter.  Grill these until golden brown.  Remove from heat.  Toss your little burgers on the BBQ or grill.  Cook about 3 -4 minutes each side. Add the gouda cheese and melt.  Assemble your burgers.  Enjoy!