Oh gochujang, oh gochujang, could I possibly love you any more than I already do?
I THINK NOT!
I am slowly letting this stuff take over my life and never tire of finding ways to incorporate it into my regular recipes. All I have been able to think about all week is a korean inspired meatloaf but everyday life has conspired to thwart my desires. I even went to the store for meat so I could make it yesterday and they had no pork or beef on sale. I go to the grocery store across from The Kid's school a couple times a week early in the morning to buy meat because they mark tons of stuff down to make way for the day's fresh shipment. It's a small store and it doesn't have tons of room so every morning they mark down a crazy amount of meat - I have been getting a picnic pork roast every week for approx $2.50 but I have to get there nice and early. Yesterday, not only had all of the pork butts sold, all of the meat was gone. The only thing left that I could buy for a song was a package of chicken breasts so we had chicken last night instead. I guess I could have paid full price for my beef and my pork but that just goes against my system. The chicken was tasty enough and it was certainly a bargain so that makes it even tastier, but it wasn't my meatloaf.
I cannot buck my own system, not even for meatloaf with a gochujang glaze.
So, after looking around to see what other people have done, the only recipe that really stood out was this ridiculous looking recipe for kimchi meatloaf melts at lady and pups. I knew the boys wouldn't like it with 2 cups of kimchi in it ( I am slowly introducing kimchi into their diet and they are not totally assimilated yet) and I wanted to make the glaze more like the glaze I made for the spicy korean chicken so I changed that up too. Actually, I made a lot of changes but her recipe was my inspiration and those sandwiches she made look incredible.
We all really loved this one. It was just a bit spicy and I enjoyed the bit of crunch provided by the scallions and red onion. I usually cook any vegetables I add in to soften them before mixing them into the meat but this time I put them in raw. All in all I am very, very happy with this meatloaf and will most definitely make this one again. If you want it really spicy, you can throw a couple of tbls of gochujang in the meatloaf itself and that would be great but I didn't want to scare them off by making it too spicy the first time.
inspired and adapted from ladyandpups.com