Friday, November 6, 2015
Tangy Apple Chicken Loaf
First of all, I have to admit: this is not a photo I took! This comes from the AllRecipes website. My photo was just awful, but this is a recipe you must try! It is so, so, so good!
This is such a wonderfully refreshing alternative to traditional meatloaf. Very light and the apple adds such freshness. I used a Honeycrisp....they must be at their peak right now. The one I used was crunchy and juicy. This is going to be making many appearances on my table.
TANGY APPLE CHICKEN LOAF (8 servings)
1/2 stick butter
2 stalks celery, finely chopped (1 cup)
1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
1-2 carrots, grated (1 1/4 cups)
1 tsp salt
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped (1 1/2 cups) (they recommend Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, or Cortland)
1 3/4 pounds ground chicken
2/3 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsps honey
Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a 9 x 13" baking dish with cooking spray.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; then cook celery, onion, carrot, and 1/2 tsp salt; stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender and starting to brown, about 12 minutes. Add apple and cook 2 minutes more to soften. Remove from heat; and cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
Mix together ground chicken, egg, 1/3 cup applesauce, milk, bread crumbs, poultry seasoning, pepper and remaining 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl. Add onion mixture and stir gently until just combined. Transfer to prepared baking dish and shape into a 9x 5 1/2x 1 1/2" loaf.
Stir together mustard, honey, and remaining 1/3 cup applesauce and spread over top and sides of loaf.
Bake 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375F and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of loaf registers 165F, about 25 minutes more. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting to serve.
Recipe Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/215622/tangy-apple-chicken-loaf/?internalSource=search%20result&referringContentType=search%20results