Challenging your palate with exciting new flavors, we offer Basil-crusted Meatloaf with Brandy, Walnuts, and Spicy Tomato Sauce. Surprisingly comfortable and sensational. This recipe turns an ordinary meatloaf into something so extraordinary that few will believe it’s just meatloaf.

Basil Crusted Meatloaf with Brandy, Walnuts, and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Basil-crusted Meatloaf with Brandy, Walnuts, and Spicy Tomato Sauce
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup prunes, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, small dice
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 Cup dry red wine
  • 2 Cups canned crushed Italian tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, as needed
Make the crust:
  1. Feed the basil, 3 Tablespoons olive oil, 4 garlic cloves, kosher salt and black pepper into food processor and blend to a paste.
The Meatloaf
  1. In a large bowl combine ground beef, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, grated onion, walnuts, prunes, eggs, bread crumbs, brandy, allspice, salt and pepper. Mix well and shape into a loaf in a shallow baking dish. Spread basil paste evenly over meatloaf.
  2. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 1 hour or meatloaf reaches internal temperature of 155 degrees.
  1. In a large saute pan, heat oil, add onions and cook to golden brown. Add 2 Tablespoons garlic, coriander, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes and cook additional 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in wine and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and bay leaf and simmer to thicken.



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