Lamb Meatloaf Medallions
- 1 1/2 lb ground lamb
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 c. bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c. labna. You can also use yogurt or sour cream
- 1/3 c. milk
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp sumac (optional)
- 1 onion diced
- 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme (remove stems and use only leaves)
- 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary (remove stems and roughly chop needles)
- 1 large carrot diced
- 1 small head of broccoli with flowerettes cut in small pieces
- 1 Tbs cumin seed
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
- 3 Tbs flour
- 1 clove of garlic chopped
- 2/3 c. milk
- 1/4 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl, mix ground lamb and ground beef using your hands. Lamb is a lean meat, so adding a bit of beef will help the meatloaf to be moist. Add all ingredients including the carrots and broccoli and mix together with your hands.
In a sauce pan, melt butter and saute garlic for a couple of minutes. Over low heat, mix in flour, and cook until bubbly. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Cook over medium low heat stirring constantly until sauce thickens. When you first add milk and lemon sauce will appear curdled, but will cook out as sauce thickens. I based this recipe off this recipe which I found to be too salty, so I cut down the amount of butter and salt. So season to taste.
Tips on the gravy:
- If gravy is too thin, add more flour and stir.
- If gravy is too salty, add more milk and add flour to help thicken extra liquid
- If you have a gluten allergy you can substitute corn starch for the flour.
Bake @ 350 for 25-30 minutes. Lamb has a slightly red coloration when cooked, so your meatloaf when done may be slightly pink looking. Don't be alarmed by the color and overcook.
I served my meatloaf over a bed of beer braised fennel and red potato mash and drizzled with the lemon gravy. (Stay tuned for that recipe tomorrow!) This dish was savory and comforting, but slightly exotic with the Mediterranean / Middle Eastern spices and flavors.
Not long after I'd planned this for my menu, excited about what I thought was a very maverick form of serving meatloaf, Ira sent me a link to this Chicago Gluttons review of the Meatloaf Bakery in Lincoln Park.
"Seriously, I give this place 5 stars for even existing. A bakery full of meatloaf? A cupcake of... MEATLOAF?" -Emily SAny time I think I am being original, I realize there is someone else doing it as well. I guess great minds think alike!
Notes on the recipe: I have used Labna which is a tart form of Middle Eastern yogurt cheese. You can easily substitute plain yogurt or even sour cream. Sumac has a lemony tart flavor, which when eating the meatloaf on its own, sets off the savory lamb flavors. The sumac is an additional flavoring which can be eliminated if you don't have it without compromising the general flavor of this dish.