Hawaiian Meatloaf

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 8, 2013

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So I have a new item on my stockpile list: crushed pineapple. That way, I can make this any time I want. Because I will be making it often. Being a food blogger, I’m always trying out new recipes and mix-n-match concepts with the food that I have on hand and what’s on sale at the grocery store. We have a very small “regular rotation” of recipes because of this…but this meatloaf is being added to the regular rotation. I’m so glad that I doubled this recipe…I doubled it so that I could make a regular loaf pan of meatloaf, and muffin tin meatloaves as well.

Huge. Huge. Huge hit!

The leftovers went into the freezer and made for quick and easy lunches. Below you’ll find the doubled recipe…cut it all in half if you just wish to make 1 meal’s worth. (But I highly recommend making extra to freeze!)

(Note: I tagged this recipe as Gluten Free…just sub the regular bread crumbs for gluten free bread crumbs.)

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Hawaiian Meatloaf

Adapted from Women Living Well’s Hawaiian Meatloaf

Yield – 8 servings (this is a doubled recipe)

Preparation Time – 10-15 minutes

Cooking Time – 1 hr 15 minutes (loaf pan) or 30-35 minutes (muffin tins)

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 – 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained well (reserve the juice)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Sauce: 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 2/3 cup ketchup, 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • Side dishes suggestions: green beans or corn, or fries or mashed potatoes, or baked beans

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, drained crushed pineapple, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.
  • Add half of the mixture to a 9×5 loaf pan, and the other half divided into 12 muffin tins. (Or put the other half into another 9×5 loaf pan.)
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour (for loaf pan) or 20 minutes (for muffin tins).
  • Meanwhile, whisk together 1/2 cup of the reserved pineapple juice with the ketchup and brown sugar. For loaf pan: after 1 hour of cooking, pour the sauce over the top of the meatloaf  and bake for another 10-15 minutes. For muffin tins: after 20 minutes, pour the sauce over the top of each cup and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until cooked.
  • Prepare preferred side dishes.
  • Serve Hawaiian Meatloaf with sides.
  • To Freeze: Let come to room temperature, slice into meal size slices, and then place into plastic freezer baggie and place flat into the freezer. Reheat in the microwave when wish to serve again.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa H. April 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

What size can of crushed pineapple did you use? Maybe I should read the recipe again, I could have just missed it.

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Melissa H. April 8, 2013 at 7:12 pm

What size can of crushed pineapple did you use? Maybe I should read the recipe again, I could have just missed it.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Hey Melissa,

I used a 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, as the recipe is written for 2 meals. If you just want to make 1 meal, then use half the can.

Erin

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Sara April 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Do you cook the muffin sized ones for 1:15 too?

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Pamela S April 10, 2013 at 12:58 am

Don’t you have to cook the muffin tin ones less time? I can’t imagine cooking them as long as the loaf pan!!!

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Brenda April 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Hi…what size can of crushed pineapples…

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cheryl April 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I went to the “adapted from” link and saw a picture of a 15 oz can of pineapple. She says in that recipe to use 1/3 of that can. So a 5 or 6 oz can? The small one.

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Laura January 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Allergic to beef, but I bet this would be just incredibly amazing with ground turkey instead. Might take a little less cooking time since the turkey is so much less fatty than the beef, but really worth experimenting with and checking with food thermometer. Might also try replacing bread crumbs with my son’s favorite binder, crushed Ritz crackers. A little different, but equally easy and good.

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