Kitchen Table: Arabian Nights Meat Loaf

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Arabian Nights Meat Loaf

William A. Price, Canfield, Ohio

A meat loaf with a difference!

• 1 pound ground lamb
• 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
 •1/2 cup dates, chopped
• 1/3 cup blanched almonds, chopped
• 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
• 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 egg whites
• 1/2 cup apricot preserves
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. In a large bowl, combine the lamb, bread crumbs, dates, almonds, onion, coriander, cilantro, cinnamon, and egg whites. 3. Shape the mixture into an oval, place on a shallow baking pan, and bake for 1 hour. 4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the apricot preserves, honey, grated orange peel, and cloves. 5. Remove the meat loaf from the oven and drain off excess fat. Insert a meat thermometer into the center. 6. Spoon half the sauce over the loaf and return it to the oven. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until the thermometer registers 160°F. 7. Transfer the loaf to a heated serving platter and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with the remaining sauce.

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