When I was a kid, my mom’s meatloaf was one of my favorite meals. I loved to watch her fold all kinds of delicious things into the ground beef. Now that I don’t eat meat, it’s one of the few things I miss. There’s no reason those of us who avoid eating meat should miss out on classic comfort food dishes, but I have to say, it’s hard to create satisfying vegetarian versions.
In my quest for a meatless meatloaf, I found many a recipe that uses fake meat, but I tend to find that it can be kind of tough and chewy. I wanted mine to be as moist and delicate as possible, so I used mushrooms and chickpeas as the main ingredients, both of which have a good meaty texture.
Photos: Madeleine Ignon