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Pork Meat Loaf with Chickpeas
© Lucy Schaeffer

Pork Meat Loaf with Chickpeas

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN

Chef Way To make juicy meatballs, Andrew Carmellini mixes ground pork loin and jowl with pancetta and nearly 20 other ingredients. He then braises the meatballs in a spicy tomato-chickpea sauce.

Easy Way Mix the meat in a food processor, leaving out the pork jowl and about a dozen other ingredients. Instead of meatballs, which require time to form, shape the meat into loaves then cook them in a spicy tomato sauce blended with prepared hummus.

  1. Four 1-inch-thick slices of Italian bread, crusts removed, bread soaked in 1 cup of milk and squeezed dry
  2. 4 ounces sliced bacon
  3. 4 ounces sliced prosciutto
  4. 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  5. 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  6. 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  7. 1 roasted red pepper from a jar
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  10. 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  11. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  12. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  13. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  14. 2 1/2 pounds lean ground pork
  15. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  16. 1 cup tomato puree
  17. 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  18. 1/2 cup prepared plain hummus
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a food processor, pulse the bread, bacon and prosciutto. Add the onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted pepper and eggs; process to a paste. Pulse in the parsley, thyme, crushed red pepper, oregano and 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and knead in the pork.
  2. Preheat the broiler. Pat the mixture into two 8-inch-long loaves. In a large nonstick roasting pan, heat the 1 tablespoon of oil. Transfer the loaves to the pan and cook over moderate heat until the bottoms are browned, 6 minutes. Brush the tops with oil and broil until slightly browned, 8 minutes. Lower the oven to 350°.
  3. In a cup, combine the tomato puree, stock and hummus. Pour the mixture into the roasting pan and cook for 30 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of one of the loaves registers 180°. Light the broiler.
  4. Spoon some of the sauce over the loaves and broil for 5 minutes, until browned. Transfer to a platter and serve with the gravy.

Suggested Pairing

Robust Aglianico.