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This is a new-wave meatloaf! I just purchase a 1-pound piece of smoked ham at the deli department for this and chop it finely on my processor, any brand will do as long as it is a smoke flavor ham, or save some of your cooked leftover ham to make this! I have made it two times in one month, including today, and has become a favorite of my familys. You can use regular saltine crackers for this in place of whole wheat crackers, and red bell pepper can be substituted for green, or use both!
- 4 -6 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 small bell pepper (green or red bell, seeded and finely chopped, or use half a pepper of both!)
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground pork
- 1 lb smoked ham, finely chopped
- 1 cup whole wheat crackers or 1 cup saltine crackers, crushed
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs, slighty beaten
- salt and black pepper (I use about 1/2 teaspoon salt)
- 1⁄2 cup orange marmalade
- 1⁄2 cup Dijon mustard
- 1⁄3 cup brown sugar, packed
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add in onions and bell pepper/s; cook until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally (about 8-10 minutes) then cool the mixture completely.
- In a large bowl mix together ground pork, ham, crushed crackers, milk, eggs, pepper, salt and the cooled onion/pepper mixture; mix well to combine.
- Shape into an approx 9x5-inch loaf, and place onto a shallow greased baking pan.
- Using a long knife, make shallow criss-cross (diamond) pattern in the top of of loaf.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile for the glaze blend the orange marmalade, Dijon mustard and brown sugar in a small bowl.
- After 30 minutes of baking remove from oven and drizzle about 1/3 cup glaze over loaf and return to oven to bake for another 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, drizzle the remaining glaze over loaf and bake for about another 22-25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 165°F.
- Transfer the loaf to a platter; let stand for 10 minutes.
- Pour the pan juices into a small bowl and whisk to blend.
- Slice the loaf and serve with the pan juices.