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You thought only your grandmother made the best meatloaf? Well, who knew, Persians make meatloaf too and they are not shy about stuffing lots of flavors into their meatloaves. The main component that remains consistent is the signature Persian flavor profile; a touch of sweet that is balanced with sour and the refreshing company of fresh herbs.
Disclaimer: my grandmother did not make us meatloaves!
These styles of meatloaves are quite popular and highly adaptive to regional tastes, preferences and traditions associated with each region.
I made mine with beef, a mix of fresh herbs, carrot and pear. Also in this version, like a game of hide and seek, I hid 3 hard-boiled eggs that are revealed only after slicing the meatloaf. There are no wrong combinations here, you can mix and match your favorite flavors and vegetables to create a meatloaf that is truly personalized to your taste preferences and palate.
Prefer lamb to meat, no problem. Want less red meat and prefer turkey, also not a problem. Want to swap the pear with an apple? That works! Carrots in meatloaves won’t work for you? Well, swap it out with parsnips or butternut squash or celeriac or sweet potato or rutabaga or turnip or… You get my point!
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