Tempeh Meatloaf (Meatless Meatloaf)

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Vegan Sunday dinner: my new tempeh meatless meatloaf. It might rival my tempeh meatballs as the best thing I have ever made. These loaves start out in a similar way as the meatballs but are then flavored in their own special way.

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I buy Barry’s Tempeh which comes in 1lb. packages so I make 4 mini loaves at a time for maximum kitchen efficiency. Each loaf serves 2 people. I store the extra in the refrigerator and we end up with meatloaf sandwiches for a few days.

Note: Commercial tempeh comes in 8oz packages so you would have to use 2 packages for this recipe. I can’t vouch for that kind of tempeh though. You can also add 1 or 2 shredded carrots to the mix. If your breadcrumbs do not have parsley, chop some and add it to the mix. And, finally, to make this gluten free, use almond meal/flour.

1 lb. soy tempeh
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon tamari
1 small onion
1 big clove of garlic
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons stoneground mustard
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chickpea or sweet white miso

Sauce for the Top
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons really good balsamic vinegar

Break up the tempeh in crumbles. They don’t have to be too fine, just so that the block is broken up. Add to a pot along with the water and tamari. Mix it all together to try to coat the tempeh with the tamari. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Every few minutes go in with a wooden spoon and break the tempeh up even more.

Let the tempeh sit and cool. In the meantime, dice an onion into a small dice and mince the garlic. Place in a pan and water or oil sauté until soft.

In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and miso. Add the tempeh, onions and garlic, and breadcrumbs, Mix well.

Separate the mixture into four equal amounts. Press each portion together very well and then, one by one, press them into each mini loaf cavity. Press the mixture down to make it compact and to reach the edges of the cavity, about 3/4 of the way up to the top.

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Make the sauce for the top by whisking together the ingredients. Spoon it over the top and spread it out evenly.

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Bake in a 350 oven for 45 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before attempting to take the loaves out.

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Use two spatulas to carefully remove the loaves. Slice, serve and enjoy!

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