Please follow and like us:
I make this during the holidays. The mouth-watering aroma advertises a traditional flavor and satisfying spices and the texture is hearty. But a vegan meatloaf isn't sexy. Maybe it's associated with "fake" meat. But there is nothing fake about this dish. The only thing lacking authenticity is a title worthy of it's culinary genius. It's whole food plant-based perfection.
Topping Sauce: Option 1 (You can also just jazz up some ketchup)
Topping Sauce: Option 2 Creamy Mushroom Garlic Gravy
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 5”x 9” loaf pan with parchment paper, including the sides. See recipe notes for another baking option.
Decide which sauce you want. For sauce option #1 (sweet tomato), place all of the sauce ingredients into a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Set aside. For sauce option #2 (creamy mushroom garlic), blend ingredients until creamy and set aside. You can also cheat on this step. Just jazz up some regular ketchup or use a box of organic mushroom soup.
In a small sauce pan, combine the water, steel cut oats, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, turn heat to low and cover pan with a lid. Simmer for 15 minutes (or until oats are done), stirring occasional so it doesn’t stick. Set aside and allow to cool.
Toast the bread, tear into small pieces and use blender to process into soft crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a large mixing bowl. You can also cheat on this step with store-bought bread crumbs.
Blend the oat mixture on the stove top with the flax, beans, bread crumbs, and nuts with the seasonings. This can be mostly pureed (but doesn't have to be--some texture is good. Add the mushrooms, onions and green pepper last and pulse to ensure they are well-chopped. Chunks are good.
Place mixture into lined loaf pan and pack it down with a spoon. Evenly spread the sauce over the top. Bake for about an hour.
Allow loaf to cool for 15 minutes. When it’s cool enough to handle, lift out of the pan by the parchment paper and set on a cutting board. Allow to cool for 10 additional minutes and cut into slices. Serve on a platter.
At holiday gatherings in years past, I've noticed that not everyone tries my no-meatloaf (though everyone who does agrees that it's good). Fair enough--most people are eager to eat the turkey. This year, instead of making a loaf, I baked in silicone cupcake molds, topped with extra ketchup, and laid them out like party favors. It worked! Silicone is non-stick, so I didn't need to oil the pan. If using a metal mold, you should probably oil it first.