Panko Crusted Mozzarella Stuffed Japanese Curry Meatloaf

 

If you think about it, a hamburger is essentially a meatloaf for one, and vis a vis, a meatloaf is just a GIANT HAMBURGER. Thus, the base of this meatloaf comes from my recipe for Japanese Hamburgers, which is actually the first dish I ever learned to make. My aunt would make them whenever she visited from Japan, and I remember writing the recipe down in this old notebook back when I was a kid thinking, “ONE DAY THIS WILL BE FILLED WITH RECIPES AND I WILL BE AWESOME.” That was the only recipe I ever wrote down, so FAIL. But anyway, this recipe essentially combines Japanese Hamburgers with Curry Pan, which is a popular bread in Japanese bakeries that’s essentially a bun filled with curry, crusted in panko, and fried; a curry donut if you will. Some variations of the curry bun have a cube of mozzarella in the center, and it’s AWESOME. So I figure, mix cubes of mozzarella into the meatloaf itself, and envelop the whole thing in a curry panko crust. Yeah, yeah, yeah? SO LET’S BEGIN.

What you will need

1 1/4 pounds ground beef

1 1/4 pounds ground pork

3/4 onion, minced

8 ounces fresh mozzarella

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1 large egg

1/8 cup mirin

1 1/4 cups panko

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 tablespoon dashi

1/2 large red bell pepper

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 onion, minced

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon dashi

1/2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 cups water

1/4 box curry roux

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