Once again I’m feeling a little nostalgic and it’s my birthday this weekend so I was thinking about the foods I grew up on. These hand-made, pan-seared mini meatloaves are a traditional Polish dish (along with its side dishes) that we had plenty of growing up. They are called “kotlety mielone” in Polish. A literal translation would be more like ‘ground cutlets’. I’m sure every Polish household has their own personal variation, here’s ours.
What you’ll need:
1/2 lb lean ground pork (I like to use an organic pork with no hormones or antibiotics)
1/2 lb lean (or extra lean) ground beef (again a chose an organic beef)
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp of fresh ground sea salt
1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp of paprika
2 tsp of chopped parsley
3-4 dashes of Worcestershire
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 tbsp of spelt bread crumbs (you can use regular, however I’m wheat intolerant so I had to make that substitution).
Drizzle of olive oil (I like to add this then I’m using extra lean meats, to add a little moisture)
What to do:
Mix all ingredients together using your hand or a fork. Roll a small amount (around 1/2 cup) into a round ball, flatten slightly so they are in a flat oval shape. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high heat with about a tablespoon of vegetable oil or light olive oil. Place meatloaves into the pan and sear on one side until golden brown, then flip over. Sear the other side until golden brown.
I like to stand them up on their sides to get the edges browned a bit more, I just lean them against each other or the edge of the pan. After they are done place them all into a metal bowl, cover with tin foil and place them in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 min. I like to do this step, and it’s a good idea, as it seals in the juices and insures that the meat is cooked throughout.
Traditionally these were served with mashed potatoes with dill, and a side of cucumber and green onion salad with my grandma’s creamy lemon dressing.
These are also great with a side or pasta of your choice as well, or in a sub bun with some cheese and tomato sauce. Enjoy and have fun.
Categories: Nibbles & Bites