I've always wondered why you're hard-pressed to find a meatloaf recipe online made with just beans, let alone baked beans(well I did find this recipe). Now i know why: such a meatloaf doesn't hold its shape together. That's not a big deal to me- as long as it tastes good, I'm satisfied. But I'm sure most people don't feel the same way as I do.
It's also probably a bad idea to make a meatloaf out of beans- it causes gas and flatulence, especially if you're using baked beans.
What drove me to make a baked bean meatloaf? A can of bread(yes, you read that correctly). Bread in a can is a thing that exists and is particularly popular in Boston(it's known as Boston brown bread), and it goes well with baked beans.
The bread itself tastes like molasses and is very dense, so it probably wouldn't make for a good bread for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich(I didn't try doing that- I got sick with a sinus infection 2 days after recording this video so I wasn't in the mood for the very dense bread that brown bread is).
It's a plain meatloaf but beans and bread is a pretty plain concept. The only "exotic" part about this meatloaf is the corn(I just had some leftover and I didn't want it to go to waste).
But why the bread and butter pickles? I was doing a google search and that's what came up when I typed in "canned brown bread".
The good thing about a meatloaf made with baked beans is that the liquid is already provided for you in addition to the beans itself, so you don't need to add any liquid ingredient into the meatloaf mixture. Now that I think about it, baked beans, Oreos, and pop-tarts are really good for making a meatloaf since you get a meatloaf filler(beans, pastry, or cookies) and a liquid or cream!
My dad insisted I cover the lasagna pan with aluminum foil so the meatloaf wouldn't dry out but it did still dry out. This meatloaf probably would've dried out sooner without the aluminum foil though.
HELPFUL LINK: Canned Brown Bread: https://www.amazon.com/BREAD-BROWN-RAISIN-16-Pack/dp/B00G7UBC68/ref=sr_1_9_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1485034224&sr=1-9&
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
A lasagna pan
Nonstick cooking spray
For the meatloaf(beanloaf, in this case):
2/3 tbsp. onion powder
2 beaten and whisked eggs
1/2 cup bread and butter pickles
1/2 cup corn(optional)
1/2 a loaf of canned brown bread(see HELPFUL LINK above)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
3 cups of baked beans
1. Put the first 4 ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Crumble up the brown bread and put the crumbled up pieces into the large bowl. Add the rest of the meatloaf ingredients to the large bowl.
3. Mix all the ingredients up until you get a firm mixture.
4. Spray a lasagna pan with nonstick cooking spray.
5. Form 2 loaves from the mixture.
6. Cover the lasagna pan with aluminum foil(so the meatloaf doesn't dry out) and bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 45-60 minutes.
7. Bon appetit!
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