Spicy Sweet Potato Meat Loaves

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Pair these individually portioned meat loaves with your favorite mashed potatoes for the perfect comfort food supper.

Spicy Sweet Potato Meat Loaves
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup shredded peeled sweet potato
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup minced yellow onion
  • ⅓ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle purée (see Kitchen Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Garnish: chopped fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray an 8-well cast-iron wedge pan with cooking spray. Place a foil-lined large rimmed baking sheet on bottom rack of oven.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sirloin, egg, sweet potato, milk, onion, bread crumbs, thyme, salt, and pepper until combined. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, about ⅓ cup each; press into wells of prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. In a small saucepan, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, chipotle purée, and mustard until smooth; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Reserve half of sauce; spoon remaining sauce on meat loaves.
  5. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted in center of loaves registers 155°, about 20 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with thyme, if desired. Serve with reserved sauce.
Notes
KITCHEN TIP: To make chipotle purée, pulse 1 (7-ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in a blender or food processor until smooth. Freeze remaining purée in 1-tablespoon portions for future use.