Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mediterranean meatloaf sliders with yogurt sauce

Mediterranean meatloaf sliders with mint yogurt sauce: comfort food meatloaf gets a lean, modern makeover for an easy weeknight dinner.

Mediterranean meatloaf sliders with yogurt mint sauce

Note: Updated May 2016

Putting a healthy, delicious dinner on the table quickly night after night is a challenge for all of us – really, all of us: Food bloggers are no exception. While I can often solve the weeknight dinner dilemma with quick-and-easy dishes like rice bowls, soups or salads, I'm still pretty old-school about wanting to eat some protein for dinner. And by protein, I really mean meat. And by meat, I really mean beef (I have been known to refer to myself as The Meatasaurus).

However, this presents me with a dilemma because one of my favorite beef dinners is meatloaf – and meatloaf is not a quick-cooking, get-it-on-the-table-fast kind of meal. And yet I do so love my meatloaf recipe, which is the one I grew up on, torn by my mother from the pages of some 1970s magazine and then customized over the years.

So what's a girl to do when she wants her meatloaf but she also wants it fast?

One word: sliders. Yep, because, when it comes right down to it, what is meatloaf, really, but a big burger without the bun?!

Mediterranean meatloaf sliders with yogurt mint sauce

By portioning the meatloaf recipe into eight sliders and putting them under the broiler rather than baking or frying them, I was able to reduce the cooking time from 50 minutes to eight. You heard right – only eight minutes: Talk about quick and easy! (And if you're a grilling enthusiast, these sliders can add some fun Mediterranean flair to a backyard BBQ.)

Plus, as part of this transformation from classic 1970s meatloaf into modern 21st-century sliders, I added some spicy Mediterranean flavor, with cumin, cinnamon and a little red pepper. I opted for a kid-friendly level of spiciness, so feel free to add a bit more pepper to turn up the heat. Just be sure not to skip the accompanying cool yogurt-mint sauce, which is a great complement to the warm spices.

Are you a meatloaf fan, too? Leave a comment: The Ninj wants to know.

Mediterranean meatloaf sliders with yogurt mint sauce

Mediterranean Meatloaf Sliders with Yogurt-Mint Sauce

1 5-6 ounce container plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
1 egg
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1 lb. lean ground beef
Whole wheat slider buns
Lettuce or spinach leaves

Preheat broiler.

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice and mint. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add the next 10 ingredients (onion through beef) and blend well – using your hands is the best way to do this. Divide the beef mixture into 8 equal portions and shape into small patties. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the middle of each patty so they don't plump up while cooking. Place the patties on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Broil 6-8 inches from the element for 4 minutes per side.

Serve patties on whole wheat slider buns, topped with yogurt-mint sauce and lettuce.

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  1. Only 8 minutes for these beauties?! Sign me up! And so happy you worked on this campaign as well... I'll be posting my teaser tomorrow :)

    1. Yep, I'm all about yummy and speedy meals, Chris! Can't wait to see what you made, too!