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I give you my meatloaf recipe

Discussion in 'OGF Kitchen' started by captnroger, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

    Hi all,

    This isn't mine - a friend gave it to me, but it really makes a great meatloaf and is a great cheap family meal.

    Mix up in a big bowl:
    1/2 lb ground pork
    1-1/2 lbs ground beef (I use 90/10 and suggest you do at least that)
    1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
    1/2 cup finely (all veggies cut VERY fine) cut celery
    1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper (I like red as it looks good in the final product)
    1/4 cup finely chopped parsley, or use a little less dried parsley

    Pour into this:
    2 large beaten eggs
    1 cup whole milk
    1 small can V-8 juice

    Season all this with:
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp black or white pepper
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    1/2 tsp cumin
    3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

    Either shape into a loaf or put into a loaf pan. I prefer to shape into a loaf and put on a broiler pan so that the fat drips off. if you like, throw katsup and/or bacon on top (I don't use either), throw into a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes to an hour.

    Let it rest 15 minutes on the counter before slicing, making sure your large golden retriever doesn't 'steal' it when you back is turned. Oh wait, that's another story....

    Enjoy, it really is good meatloaf. i serve with mashed potatoes and gravy and some crispy onion straws.
     
  2. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

    Here's the rest of the recipe. If you know Cap City Diner in Columbus, it was my inspiration. I served this up to my girlfriend who "wasn't a meatloaf fan" and it instantly became her favorite dish. This serves two.

    Cut a medium white (preferably sweet) onion in half. Peel it, and slice it into about 1/8" slices. Separate the pieces, put them in a bowl. Add either milk or buttermilk (recommended, but if you don't have it on hand use regular milk) to cover, and then add several GOOD dashes of your favorite hot sauce. Stir and throw it in the fridge.

    Take about 6 red potatos. Wash them good, and peel about half the skin off each potato. You want a little skin on each. Quarter them and put them in a pot of boiling well-salted water for about 12 minutes, or until fork-tender. While that is cooking...

    Take a package of sliced mushrooms, throw them in a skillet and sautee in a couple of tablespoons of butter. Add some salt/pepper, garlic salt and a dried herb that you like (I used dried parsley, but anything you like, add it). Cook them until they are soft. While this is cooking...

    add about an inch of vegetable oil to a pan (or whatever you like to use for frying). Turn on the heat to start to bring it up to frying temp (350 or so), while the pan is coming up to heat...

    Prepare a beef gravy. I used to make my own but it's now only a Thanksgiving thing. Doesn't matter what you use, jar or mix. I've found that the old-style beef gravy that comes in a packet is very good. The one I use you mix the packet in 1/2 cup of cold water, then add that to 1-1/2 cups boiling water and stir until thick. Whatever you select, prepare it according to instructions. The mushrooms should be done now, add them to the gravy.

    Take the onions out of the fridge and drain away the milk. On a plate, mix a cup of flour, 2 good handfuls of chili powder, some salt and some pepper. Toss the onions in the flour, then throw them in the oil. Fry until a deep brown, then drain on paper towels.

    Drain the potatos and put back into the pot you boiled them in. Add to the pot as much butter as you like and a little bit of milk and salt/white pepper to taste, and mash the potatos. You want them smooth but not runny. The need to hold their shape!

    You're now ready to assemble, and I apologize for no pics as i just did this Sunday and if you do this for some guests it does make a really nice presentation.

    Drizzle some of the gravy on a nice plate, just to "dress" it up.

    Take the meatloaf and cut off two nice slices, each about and inch and a half thick. If it needs to be heated, just throw it in a skillet or the microwave to heat.

    Take a nice piece of white bread (I use Italian) and trim it to be the same size as the meatloaf slice. Don't use a thick piece of bread, it should be about half as thick as the slice of meatloaf. Put the bread slice on the center of the plate.

    Put the meatloaf slice on top of the bread, and on top of the meatloaf spoon on the mushroom gravy. Be generous with the gravy!.

    Top the meatloaf with a nice portion of mashed potatoes. On top of the potatoes add a nice handful of the fried onion straws.

    Sprinkle the top and the plate with fresh finely chopped parsley for presentation, then stand back and accept the praise for your hard work. It's a crowd pleaser and it is very very tasty.

    Enjoy. I've got some meatloaf left and on this cold day I might make this for dinner and if I do I'll post a pic!
     

  3. misfit

    misfit MOD SQUAD

    you got me drooling on my keyboard,roger.sounds yummy.
     
  4. Lewis

    Lewis ORIGINAL TEAM OGF

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    Damn Roger...the hunger pains hit the instant I read this.:)
     
  5. love to see some pics nextime! food porn! LOL
     

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  6. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

    You'll get your pics this evening!
     
  7. Oh well whats another pound or two?

    A good meat loaf is like having a chilli concotion one prefers. Each to his own taste buds. If I get ambitious I'll post a meatloaf thing in a week or 2? So I can incude pics, But......

    To me if a meatloaf don't have ketchup, it ain't a meatloaf for me. Above though sounds & I imagine its a killer being on the french bread. Interesting. Great presentation but i'm not trying to impress the other half. If you were married as long as I've been you'd say the same. (hope she never reads this):eek:

    As far as meatloaf goes we ALLWAYS use equal proportions of;
    Ground Beef (lean)
    Ground Pork
    Ground Veal.
     
  8. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

    Here you go. Note the onions are dark, they aren't burnt, it's from the chili powder in the flour. Use lots!

    I had a fallen straw that I didn't see when I took the photo. Click on the photo to enlarge.

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  9. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

    People eat with their eyes as well as their mouths, it's not a matter of trying to "impress" someone.
     
  10. Roger,
    thanks for the pics! Man, that looks like a culinary work of art! bet it tastes durn good too! way to go!
     
  11. Sorry to break the news to you guys but this is a HOAX! Capt Roger went to Cap City Dinner and took a picture of the meatloaf, no way someone could make something that looks that good at home.:p
     
  12. misfit

    misfit MOD SQUAD

    nice presentation.

    and you're right about people also eating with their eyes,cause whenever i see food,i eat it:D
     

  13. Wow. One can serve a dish like that in any of the BEST restaurants.
     
  14. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

    Thank you all for the kind comments!

    It's a hobby. I'll have to start posting more of my stuff!