“Yes, this is classic comfort food you’ve probably eaten a million versions of before, but there’s no reason it can’t feel exotic too. My trick here is to use just enough pork so your meatloaf stays rich and delicious, but swap half the quantity for ground turkey or chicken as a way to lighten it up and also because it’s the perfect neutral meat to soak up all the delicious Asian flavors I load into this bend: garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil, plus that lavishing of hoisin sauce on top for a sticky-sweet glaze. It’s great fresh out of the oven, and equally satisfying the next day when you slice it onto toast with a layer of spicy mustard and a shower of fresh mint, basil, carrots, and a squeeze of lime. Make your meals work overtime and they’ll always be worth the effort.”
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a broiler pan rack or wire rack with foil and set it on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Lightly coat the foil with cooking spray, then use a sharp knife to make a few slits in the foil (this will allow the fat from the meatloaf to drip down onto the baking sheet).
In a large bowl, whisk together the panko, milk, eggs, parsley, basil, scallions, garlic, onion, ginger, sesame oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Add the ground pork and turkey and stir or use your hands to gently combine, being careful not to overwork the meat.
Shape the meat mixture into a 12-inch long loaf and place it on the foil-lined rack. Flatten the top slightly and square off the ends. In a small bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce and ketchup. Pour about half the sauce over the meatloaf and use a brush or spoon to generously coat the sides and top.
Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until the internal temperature reads 160°F on an instant-read thermometer, brushing with glaze every 20 minutes or so. Let the meatloaf cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then transfer to a platter, slice, and serve.
TIP: You can make a double batch of meatloaf mixture and place one half of the mixture in a disposable loaf pan to freeze. To bake, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, remove from the loaf pan onto a lined baking sheet, and glaze and bake as instructed.
VARIATION: For an extra decadent loaf, melt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the panko and toast until golden brown, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes. Continue with the rest of the recipe.
Originally featured in Daphne Oz: The Happy Cook