This weekend's latest culinary experiment involves meatloaf. This is probably probably the first meatloaf I've ever made. Mom used to make meatloaf when I was growing up... but I never liked it much. I'm not sure why. Perhaps something about the consistency. Or maybe it was the way she seasoned it; I don't like the flavor of cooked ground beef all by itself. I like some browning, some spice, some hot sauce, some lettuce, onions, and ketchup... something. So, I stayed away from it for many years.
Circumstances conspired to pique my curiousity about meatloaf recently. I saw episodes of a couple of my favorite cooking shows dealing with the loaf of meat recently. Mrs. Geek and I actually had meatloaf at a fundraiser dinner last weekend.
Here's my recipe for meatloaf:
1.5 lbs ground chuck
0.5 lbs country style pork sausage
0.5 lbs ground veal
2 large eggs
1 package Turtle Island Zuppa Italiano Herb and Cheese Soup mix
2 tbs italian seasoning
3 tbs worcestershire sauce
2 tbs smoked chipotle hot sauce
1 cup break crumbs
Mix well. Form using a loaf pan. Cook on a baking pan outside of the loaf pan. Cover with a mixture of Chili Sauce, BBQ sauce, and molasses. I also added some sesame seeds. Cook in a 325 degree oven until the interior is 155 degrees. Baste occasionally with beef stock.
It was pretty tasty... but I think that's true of a lot of meatloaf fresh out of the oven. The real test will come when I try to reheat it in a couple days. Then we'll see how this Dr. Strangeloaf really stands up.
on 2005-11-13 at 8:39 p.m.
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