Gochujang Meatloaf & Potatoes

I decided to try out a new recipe. I’m not a fantastic cook and I’m not a professional photographer, but here’s what I’ve got. My boyfriend said he’s been craving meatloaf for about a month so I decided to surprise him the other night. Meatloaf, surprises, what a sentence. I also haven’t really used the oven a lot lately but that Fall feeling is creeping in and that makes me feel like baking. We really need to go grocery shopping as I’ve been procrastinating it but we had all the basic ingredients for the recipe on the Lipton onion soup mix website. I don’t actually love meatloaf unless it’s like 25% meatloaf and 75% mashed potatoes. Something about a hunk of moist ground meat just does not do it for me, but this was pretty good.

gojuchang

Anyway, I bought some cheap gochujang sauce from Target the other week and thought it would be the perfect thing to spice up this recipe. I substituted the ketchup in the recipe for the same amount of gochujang sauce and my kitchen smelled so amazing. I drizzled ketchup on the top of the meatloaf in case the gochujang was too savory vs sweet, but it actually ended up being more sweet than the ketchup so…if I ever make this again I’d use about half the gochujang. I also made some potatoes to mash and boiled some baby carrots at the same time because they’re good and they give the potatoes a little extra color and flavor. I really like to steam them usually, but I just dumped them in when the water started to boil because I like to keep it easy.

potatoes

I used a modified version of the “Souperior Meatloaf” from the Lipton website, which you can find here. I’m not being paid for this but just wanted to credit where the recipe originated from because I’m newer at this and not sure what or how I go about crediting sources on blogs. Anyway, here is my version. I cut the recipe in half mostly, since there is just two of us and we ended up cutting it into three servings, one for me, one for my boyfriend, and one for him to take to lunch the next day.

  • 1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix
    • I didn’t half this since I wasn’t using real onions and thought it would be fine.
  • 1 lbs. ground beef (original called for 2 lbs.)
  • 6 tbsp plain dry bread crumbs (half of 3/4 c.)
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp water (half of 3/4 c.)
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp gochujang sauce (half of 1/3 c.)
    • Here is the amount that I used here, but next time I would half even this amount if I was using only gochujang or maybe I’d do half/half gochujang if you don’t want too much of a spicy/sweet diversion from regular meatloaf.

I also added in a few dashes of salt, pepper, garlic powder, soy sauce, and Everything But The Bagel seasoning because…it’s good on e v e r y t h i n g.

I did not mash it up or combine it with my hands but rather stirred it all with a butter knife and sort of cut in the ingredients so that the bread crumbs wouldn’t be super mushy. I baked it in a standard non-greased loaf pan uncovered at 350° for about an hour. There was quite a bit of fat collecting so about halfway through so I drained the grease off by tipping the pan over a sink with hot water running down the drain at the same time. I didn’t want it to be soggy so this worked out well. The meat I used was 80/20 too though, so if there is a next time I could just use a leaner percentage.  I’m looking for more types of meals like this that are easy to assemble and good for next day lunches, so leave me a link to a favorite go-to recipe of yours!