Thursday, October 09, 2008

I'm so excited about lunch today

Last night, while inhaling my dinner (I wanted a second helping, but didn't..I was good), I started thinking about how exciting lunch was going to be tomorrow. I'm a little sad that way. In the middle of one meal I start thinking about the next.

So what did we have? Perhaps one of the best meatloaf recipes I've ever had. As I've said before, this is a big statement and one that elicit many responses, but of the meatloafs I've had, this is by far the best!

The recipe is: 72 Markets Street Meatloaf, which happens to be one of the top Google searches that bring readers to my site.

This recipe isn't hard, but it does take some time to get all the ingredients together. Let's get started!

Melt some butter so you can saute your vegetables. What kind of butter? Kerrygold Butter of course! Again, I'm not paid by them to say that...but I would happily take them as a sponsor!

Finely chopped veggies. Last time I manually diced everything. That can take some time, because you do want them finely diced. This time I whizzed them quickly in the food processor. We have onions, garlic, celery, red and green bell pepper and carrots. Missing--green onions...I used them the night before! Forgot they were for two recipes!

Saute the veg for 10 minutes, to cook out excess moisture and get them tender.

This mixture is blended with beef, pork (or sausage) and a moist mixture of eggs, spices, 1/2 & 1/2 and ketchup. Bake for 45-60 minutes. This is a sloppy mess and doesn't photograph well. Looks like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

I started when I got home at 6pm and was hoping to have dinner by 730pm...we sat down to eat at 740pm...pretty good timing, but the prep for the meatloaf and later the mashed potatoes had me going virtually the entire time.

Was it worth it. YES!

Meatloaf is best served with mashed potatoes and gravy. The gravy here isn't the same gravy that comes with the original recipe. I sauted some shallots in butter and herbs, added flour to make a roux, added broth and simmered until thick and delicious. If you want further details, let me know and I can get more detailed.

Not Pictured: The green beans I forgot to steam and serve, they are still in the fridge for another day. Oops. Mashed potatoes make me forget things like: eat your vegetables.



Dancer in DC said...

Yum - so warm and comforting on a cool fall day!

For the health-conscious, this meatloaf is a bit better for you, because the "bulk" contained therein is vegetables, not crackers or other starch.

joyous said...

OMG, it looks so good. I think I could make it and not mess it up to badly.

joyous said...

Oh, and I meant to say, I LOVE KERRYGOLD. At Restaruant Eve, they served it, and then gave B a birthday gift of Kerrygold Butter pats and scone mix. Good birthday gift.

ScottE. said...

I have to counter Dancer here. It's not really health-conscious. There are bread crumbs. There is 1/2 & 1/2. Multiple eggs. The beef wasn't lean. The pork was though.

It's nice that there is veg in the mix, but not enough to counter everything else... could do this.

Lauren said...

Hey Scott,

I know how much you like to cook with pork, and when I came across this link for wholesome pork recipes for Pork Month (October!), I thought you'd like to see:

DC Food Blog said...

That looks so good. What great comfort food. Scott, how would you describe the difference between good butter and regular Land O' Lakes? You did a great job talking about the difference between fresh eggs and eggs from the grocery store.