Monday, October 04, 2010

Horseradish Meatloaf Recipe with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream-Horseradish Sauce (Low-Carb)

Make this Horseradish Meatloaf with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream-Horseradish Sauce on the weekend!

Horseradish Meatloaf with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream-Horseradish Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.comThis Horseradish Meatloaf with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream-Horseradish Sauce is really something special in the meatloaf world, with added flavor from caramelized onions, garlic, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and a touch of sour cream mixed into the meat before it's cooked, and a tasty sauce of sour cream, mayo, and horseradish. But this is not quick and easy meatloaf. This is meatloaf to make on Sunday afternoon when you have time to gently caramelize the onions, mix the ingredients together, mix the sauce, and then enjoy leftover meatloaf for lunch all week.

If you're not up for that much work for meatloaf, you may want to make what my sister Pam dubbed Kalyn's Best Meatloaf, a version I made for years with canned mushroom soup and onion soup mix. That was good meatloaf too, back in the day when I used to cook with those kinds of ingredients, but if you have more time, my dad gave the Horseradish Meatloaf two thumbs up!

Dice two medium onions into fairly small pieces, then heat olive oil in a large heavy pan and start to cook the onions over low heat.

Let onions cook at low heat stirring every few minutes until onions are nicely browned and caramelized, about 30-40 minutes. (Don't rush this step and be sure onions don't burn or they will be bitter.) Add minced garlic and dried thyme and cook about 2 minutes more.

Mix together eggs, sour cream, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce. Put ground beef into a bowl and let it come to room temperature. (After onions cook for 15 minutes, start preheating oven to 375F/190C.)

When onions are done, add bread crumbs and onion-garlic mixture to the meat and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Add egg/sour cream/horseradish/Worcestershire sauce mixture to meat. (Adding this on top of the onions will help cool them.) Use your hands to gently combine until all the ingredients are well-mixed.

I bought this broiler pan at a thrift store years ago, and love to use it to cook meatloaf. The slits let the fat drip down into the lower pan, so the meatloaf gets nice and crispy on the outside.

Form the meat mixture into a loaf and place on top of the broiler pan (or roasting pan of your choice.) I like to make criss-cross slits on top of the meatloaf, but it's completely optional!

Bake meatloaf at 375F/190C for about 1 1/2 hours, or until meat is done through and nicely browned on the outside. (I use an instant-read thermometer, and I wanted to take it out when the temperature was 155-160F, but as you can see I let it go a little too long. It was still fine because the sour cream keeps the meatloaf juicy.)

Let meatloaf cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting; then serve with Sour Cream-Horseradish Sauce if desired.

Horseradish Meatloaf with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream-Horseradish Sauce
(Makes 6-8 servings; recipe adapted by Kalyn from notes copied years ago from a friend's cookbook, but unfortunately the notes didn't include the name of the book.)

2 medium onions, diced into small pieces
2-3 tsp. olive oil (or more, depending on your pan)
1 T finely minced garlic
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup light sour cream
3 T cream-style horseradish (not horseradish sauce)
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 lbs. ground beef (use 10% fat or less for South Beach Diet)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (use 100% whole wheat breadcrumbs for South Beach Diet)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup light sour cream
2 T mayo (use light or regular mayo but not fat free)
2 T cream-style horseradish

Dice onions into small pieces. Heat oil in a large heavy frying pan, add onions, turn heat to low and let onions cook and caramelize, stirring every few minutes, until onions are nicely browned. (This will take 30-40 minutes; don't rush this step and be careful that onions don't burn or they will be bitter.) Add garlic and dried thyme and cook about 2 minutes more.

While onions are cooking, put the ground beef in a medium-sized bowl and let it come to room temperature. Mix together beaten eggs, sour cream, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce. After onions have cooked for 15 minutes, start to preheat oven to 375F/190C.

When onions are done, add bread crumbs and onion-garlic mixture to the meat and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Then add egg/sour cream/horseradish/Worcestershire sauce mixture to meat. (Adding this on top of the onions will help cool them so you can handle the mixture.) Wash hands, then use your hands to gently combine until all the ingredients are well-mixed into the meat. Handle the meat as little as possible to get the ingredients mixed.

Spray broiler pan or roasting pan with non-stick spray, then form the meat into a loaf shape and place on pan. If desired, use a butter knife to make criss-cross marks in the top of the loaf.

Bake meatloaf about 1 1/2 hours, or until the meatloaf is nicely browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside. (If you have an instant-read meat thermometer, cook until the internal temperature is 155-160F/68-71C. (It will continue to cook during the 15 minutes resting time.)

Let meatloaf rest 10-15 minutes before cutting. While it rests, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, and cream-style horseradish to make a sauce to serve with the meat.

This freezes well, and would be great to double the recipe and then freeze individual-serving sizes for an easy grab-and-go lunch.

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South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
With only 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and two pounds of beef, this is still a pretty low-carb recipe, suitable for many low-carb eating plans. When made with ground beef with 10% fat like I used, this meatloaf is great for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. This would be great with Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese and Mary's Perfect Salad.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Tasty Recipes for Meatloaf to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)

Chipotle Meatloaf from The Perfect Pantry

South Beach Phase One Meatloaf with Tomatoes, Fennel, and Flax Seed Meal from Kalyn's Kitchen

Turkey Meatloaf from Use Real Butter

Individual-Serving Meatloaf Balls with Italian Sausage, Ground Beef, and Peppers from Kalyn's Kitchen

Mushroom Meatloaf from Macheesmo

Kalyn's Best Meatloaf from Kalyn's Kitchen

Better Late Than Never Horseradish Meatloaf from Pinch My Salt

Karina's Maple Meatloaf from Gluten-Free Goddess

Martha's Meatloaf from Sweetnicks

Cajun Meatloaf from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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  1. I love the idea of the horseradish in this meatloaf! Honestly, sometimes meatloaf can be a bit bland, so I'm definitely going to try this variation.

  2. That has got to taste WAY better than canned mushroom soup and onion soup packets! I can imagine the spicy kick of the horseradish as it travels up my nostrils.

  3. Looks very yummy - I love horse radish - and I will definitely try it soon (though fried as meat balls, I think). But I wondered what "cream-style horse radish" is? Being Danish, I'm not familiar with American products, and am only used to buying fresh horse radish.

  4. Would it be OK for phase one without the bread-crumbs? I can also use low-fat sour cream (9% fat)


  5. I always really love finding new meatloaf recipes. You can do so much with them...make meatballs, burgers, anything. This horseradish twist sounds delicious, especially against the sweet caramelized onions. Yum.

  6. The horseradish caught my eye because I LOVE it in meatloaf. I also like the idea of using a broiler pan. Inspired!

  7. I can't wait to try this one too. I am definately adding this recipe to the must try list. Steph

  8. Lydia, I know what you mean but this was really flavorful.

    Nate, I agree (but everyone in my family loves that old mushroom soup meatloaf recipe!)

    Ea, if you're using grated horseradish root, I'd probably use only about half as much. Cream-style horseradish is a prepared horseradish product that has grated horseradish, water, oil, and a tiny touch of vinegar and sugar. It's mostly horseradish, but not as strong as freshly grated horseradish.

    Elle, it would be okay for phase one without the breadcrumbs, andyou can try it, but this is a fairly soft mixture with the addition of the eggs, sour cream, horseradish, and Worcestershire so I though it needed at least some breadcrumbs. Would love to hear how it works.

    Joanne, thanks. I did like it a lot!

    Paula, that little broiler pan was only about $1.00 and I think I've had it for at least 10 years. Love using it for this.

  9. I my gosh I LOVE horseradish and all the flavors in this dish. I am printing this out.

  10. Wow, Kalyn, you had me at "caramelized onions" but the sour cream and horseradish just sent it completely over the top! Absolutely must give this a try soon.

  11. Looks delicious. Meatloaf is my son's favorite. Don't know why, but I never think to make it! I love the added flavors of caramelized onions and horseradish- great idea!

  12. Stephanie, didn't mean to ignore you. When I'm typing a comment and another comment comes in right at that time it looks like I skipped that person! Glad you like it.

    Dawn, Lana, Lori, thanks for all the nice feedback. I really liked this combination.

  13. I'm eating lunch wishing it was your meatloaf....I am going to have to make this soon. I *love* meatloaf.

  14. Amy, me too! Hope you'll try it with gluten-free breadcrumbs. I'm not sure about Worcestershire Sauce but I think everything else will be gluten free.

  15. The horesradish addition sounds interesting Kalyn. I like the idea of cooking meatloaf free form.

  16. Barbara, I just hate the idea of cooking the meatloaf in a loaf pan where it cook in it's own fat, so that's why I started doing it this way!

  17. That looks fabulous! Got to try this ASAP - I have some Black Angus hamburger that really needs something! Cooked it up in olive oil and it was tasteless..... thanks so much, Kalyn.

  18. I've never seen horseradish in sounds it must add some nice tang! Thanks for the recipe.

  19. Katrina, let me know how it turns out.

    Jeanette, there's just a hint of horseradish, but it's good.

  20. Wow! This sounds so good, I am drooling! Any suggestions for a substitution for the sour cream? Or do you think it would be ok without it? Thanks!

  21. Arica, if you can have dairy, I'd use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. If you can't add anything that's dairy, I might just add 1-2 T of olive oil or even mayo. Not thinking of anything else right now that would keep the moistness that the sour cream adds.

  22. Kalyn,
    Talk about perfect timing! I had planned on my regular meatloaf last night, but this sure beats it. Super idea about the broiler pan. Can't wait to have the leftovers tonight.
    Keep up with the great recipes...thanks!

  23. Lia, glad you liked the idea, thanks!

  24. This is one gorgeous loaf. I'd only ever made meatloaf once (since i spend more time making meatballs), but this is something i definitely would love to try. My previous recipe called for dousing the meatloaf (in a bread pan) twice with beef stock, for it to retain its juiciness. The horseradish and sour cream combo for juiciness sounds even more tempting!

  25. Rabbittrick, the sour cream and other things in this do keep it really moist.

  26. Made this last night for dinner. It was fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  27. Ssomerville, so glad you enjoyed it.

  28. This meatloaf sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing/

  29. This was by far the BEST meatloaf I have ever eaten. Thank you for this recipe.

  30. Wow, I love hearing that! So glad people are liking this.

  31. I love horse radish and Worcestershire sauce and in this season I keep finding myself looking up and making meatloaf. So this is the recipe for me. It really sounds delicious. Your latest Thai meatball recipe also caught my eye. Off to check it out.

  32. Nuts About Food, glad you're liking the things I've been cooking lately.

  33. first time, loving very bit and meat loaf is super delicious!

  34. Ananda, thanks. Glad to hear you're liking it.

  35. I made this and posted about (just so you know, I linked you) and it was great. Unfortunately I had to make some last minute adjustments to the ingredients, because I ran out. But it was a hit.

  36. Nuts About Food, glad it still worked out!

  37. I was so excited to make this! It was delish! Even my picky two year old goobled down ever bite he was given!

    I even posted your recipe in the blog I just started! Off to look at more recipes, yum!

  38. I made this last night! I modified for Phase One by omitting the breadcrumbs... they were not missed. This is FANTASTIC. My husband (who, damn him, does NOT have to follow SB) raved on and on, which means I will have to make a double batch next time, since I'm not likely to have enough leftovers to last me very long! Thanks, Kalyn. A real winner!

  39. Rasquachi, so glad you liked it, and thanks for passing on that info that it worked okay without the breadcrumbs too. Good to know!

  40. I do love a good meatloaf and bacon will make it even better! Yours looks delicious.

  41. I can't wait to make this! I know that caramelizing onions releases the sugar in them so does that make them have more carbs and calories or is it negligible?

  42. Onions aren't restricted on phase one so I don't think the way they're cooked would matter.

  43. Oh my god, this looks outstanding. I can imagine it being my new favorite meatloaf. Great recipe!

  44. Now this is to die for recipe, gonna make it this weekend :)

  45. My first attempt at meat loaf and it was absolutely wonderful. I used flaxseed meal as recommended in your other meatloaf recipe and it worked out great, no one noticed there were no breadcrumbs! Horseradish gave the meat the kick that it needed, wonderfful! Can't wait to try your other recipes.

  46. Kann, so glad you enjoyed it, and good to know that flax seed meal was good in this meatloaf too.

  47. Perfect. Just saw this recipe and I had bought ground beef thinking of meat loaf. I love meat loaf, and have many recipes that I like, but always in the market for something new from you. Love horseradish and carmelized onions... all together? fantastic. Only have 0 % greek yogurt, no sour cream, but I bet it will be great. thanks once more!

  48. I've been married 36 years and my husband and I have never found a meatloaf recipe we agreed upon. He normally likes lots of egg and catsup. I prefer less egg and no catsup. We both like horseradish, though, so when I saw this, I thought I'd try it. Well, I still like my mom's the best, but this was good. And my husband really liked it. The big surprise was my granddaughter, who lives with us, thought it was absolutely delicious! So, I guess it is the new go-to. I would like to try leaving out the wheat crumbs (I try to stay away from most grains, except rice, but I'm afrain DH wouldn't like it then!

  49. Lindi, so glad you liked it. I know what you mean about the breadcrumbs, but I'm not sure it would work without them.


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