How To Make Foie Gras–Stuffed Veal Meatloaf
A rich, flavorful must-try veal meatloaf recipe
Meatloaf may seem like a simple dish, but to pull off a version worth washing down with a great pint we're turning to Boston Back Bay gastropub Towne. Executive Chef Mark Allen loaned us his expert step-by-step technique to not only upgrading your meat of choice to super-tender ground veal, but stuffing that bad boy with delicious, fatty foie gras and wrapping it with bacon. Suffice it to say, this is not Nana's recipe. Unless it won the lottery.
Here's what you'll need to serve 4:
- 20 ounces coarsely ground veal
- 4 ounces foie gras, split into 4 pieces
- 2 carrots, peeled and minced
- 1 Spanish onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 red pepper, finely diced
- 1 cup of breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
- 12 slices of uncooked maple bacon
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- ½ cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Do all your prepwork and measuring beforehand, it will make easy work out of a complicated-sounding recipe.
In a sauté pan, under medium heat, sweat the onions, carrots, peppers and garlic until they take on a translucent color. Add the fennel seed and cumin seed, then season with salt and pepper. Set aside and let cool.
In a large bowl, add the ground veal and fold in the carrots, peppers and garlic. Combine well, but don't overmix.
Add all remaining ingredients (except the foie gras and bacon) and mix. Portion meat mixture into four large meatballs.
Take the foie gras and place one piece into each meatball, covering it entirely with the meat, then shape into a loaf.
Lay out three slices of bacon so the edges are touching, then place a meatloaf on top.
Fold alternating strips over, then tuck under, to encase the entire meatloaf in a layer of bacon. Preheat the oven to 350F.
Sear the bottom of the meatloaf in a hot skillet, then transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving with your favorite sides.