Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Après moi, le meatload

I was just instant messaging my wife, telling her that the leftover meatloaf from the other night (when the microwave became homicidal) was in fact as delicious as I remembered it being, when I accidentally typed "meatload" instead. For some reason I'm finding this tremendously funny right now.

Oh, and just for posterity's sake:

Ménage à Trois Meatloaf

1 1/4 lb ground beef
1 1/4 lb ground pork
1 1/4 lb ground lamb
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
1 packet meat loaf seasoning
1/4 cup Sriracha hot sauce (more if you like it spicy)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together beef, pork, and lamb. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, meat loaf seasoning, hot sauce, salt, and pepper then mix with hands until all ingredients are well incorporated -- test seasonings by cooking a small portion of mixture in a hot skillet or microwave and adjust accordingly.

Place mixture in a loaf pan (greased if desired) and drizzle ketchup on top. Bake in oven for approximately 75-90 minutes. Serve hot or cold, with additional ketchup or Sriracha as desired. Serves 8.

A great side dish for this meal is mashed garlic butternut squash: Cut up squash into 1/2 inch cubes, then saute in a pan over medium heat in 4 Tb olive oil along with 8-12 chopped garlic cloves until tender. Add 3/4 cup of beef or chicken stock, salt, black pepper, and Chinese five-spice powder and continue to cook until mixture begins to boil. Remove pan from heat and mash by hand until the squash has the consistency of "smashed" potatoes.

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