Saturday, February 09, 2008
The World's Least Elegant Food
They are threatening an incoming cold wave with the added menace of an ice storm. Meatloaf, a food for which I have an unnatural fondness, is perfect. I have procured some ground sirloin and ground pork from the Pennsylvania Dutch market. They grow their own free of all those nasty things one finds in factory farmed beasts.
I have made many a meatloaf in my time, but I went scanning for new twists, recipes, and the like and stumbled upon National Meatloaf Appreciation Day which, unfortunately, is in October. However this event served as the genesis for a great deal of meatloaf innovation. If you are an adventurous sort, you might scan the temptingbison meatloaf with shallots or the meatloaf made with ground beef and hot italian sausage and stuffed with a ricotta, goat cheese, and fresh herb filling.
I'll stick with my basic made-a-million-times meatloaf with the possible addition of a bit of chipotle adobo. After all, what is a comfort food if it isn't familiar. I think I'll try one twist though. Someone suggested baking the loaf on a sheet pan for more crust. That is very appealing.
(Photo from Luna Pier Cook)