Citizens, today i give you Meatloaf – the ultimate American comfort food!
Simple. Easy to make. Boring.
NOT. GOING. TO. HAPPEN. 🙂
The Food Dictator despises the banal, and has yet to find a recipe that can’t be improved upon to add some flavor complexity. My template was the spicy flavor profile of soul food-style meatloaf – though many of my ingredient choices diverge far from that evolutionary tree.
Meatloaf, of course, is a dish of ground meat mixed with other ingredients and formed into a loaf shape, then baked or smoked. The shape is created by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat pan. Meatloaf is usually made from ground beef, although lamb, pork, veal, venison, poultry and seafood are also used.
Meatloaf of minced meat was mentioned in the Roman cookery collection Apicius as early as the 5th century. Meatloaf is a traditional German, Scandinavian and Belgian dish, and it is a cousin to the Dutch meatball. The American version has its origins in scrapple, a mixture of ground pork and cornmeal served by German-Americans in Pennsylvania since Colonial times. Meatloaf in the contemporary American sense did not actually appear in cookbooks until the late 19th century
Change whatever you want – this is my recipe and it uses some unusual ingredients that I fully realize are not the easiest to find. Simply substitute or omit the offending items. That said, this recipe is worth taking the time to try once, citizens.
You’ll thank me, for it truly is the best meatloaf you will ever have the honor of enjoying. 🙂
Battle on – The Generalissimo
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