I made this Vegetarian Beyond Beef Loaf the other day, and it was beyond delicious. Beyond Beef is the popular plant-based substitute for ground beef. It contains zero soy, zero gluten, zero GMOs. Fox and I actually prefer it to the real deal, and we’re hard-core meat eaters! Looking for a meatless main course that pairs well with mashed potatoes, peas, and a full-bodied red wine? I filmed and wrote up the recipe for you:
Vegetarian “Beyond Beef” Loaf: The Video
As mentioned in the video, you can easily veganize this loaf by substituting flax “eggs” for the real eggs that I used. Also, feel free to reduce the recipe for a smaller loaf. I made a massive loaf because…leftovers. Cold slices are awesome for sandwiches!
Note: I realize that lots of folks will never try Beyond Beef. And that’s okay! If you are looking for a meatloaf made with actual meat, check out my (real beef) Country Meatloaf or this gluten-free Turkey-Carrot-Bacon Loaf.
What are the ingredients in Beyond Beef? Water, Pea Protein, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Beet Juice Extract (for color).
What breadcrumbs should I use? Be sure to use seasoned breadcrumbs for the loaf mixture. I used seasoned (4-C brand) gluten-free crumbs, and they worked out perfectly well.
Should I add salt to the loaf? No. The aforementioned breadcrumbs already contain salt (Beyond Beef contains a small amount of salt as well).
What’s “Mirepoix?” Mirepoix is the French term for finely-diced onion, carrots, and celery. If you haven’t the energy to make this “holy trinity,” substitute it with 1 cup of diced onion.
Now, if you make this Vegetarian Beyond Beef Loaf, please post a comment below. I’d love to know how it worked out for you!
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Here’s the printable:
Vegetarian Beyond Beef Loaf
For the loaf:
- 3 Lbs. Beyond Beef
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup mirepoix (finely-diced onion, carrot, and celery)*
- 1 cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs (gluten-free works well here)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
For topping the loaf:
- 6 ounces plain tomato paste
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Thoroughly combine the loaf ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then transfer the mixture to a lightly-greased 9x5-inch loaf pan, and pack well. Spread the tomato paste evenly over the top of the loaf.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the loaf achieves 165°F -- about 75 minutes. Slice and serve.