Category Archives: meat

Fancy Schmancy Meatloaf

Meatloaf isn’t exactly fancy. Even the name isn’t fancy. And it always just looks like an unappetizing brown lump. But boy does meatloaf sure taste good…and depending on what you put in it and what you bake it in, it can become fancy-ish. I think the meatloaf we made tonight fell into the fancy-ish category. We put in lots of fresh veggies and herbs and then baked the meatloaf in individual size ramekins to give it a special feel.

 

 

Ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

We used a little over 1lb of ground beef. To this we added these ingredients:

  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • thyme
  • onion, roughly chopped
  • carrot, grated
  • garlic, chopped
  • red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • bread crumbs
For the glaze, mix together:
  • ketchup (this will form the base of the glaze)
  • worcestershire sauce (dash)
  • maple syrup (small pour)
Directions:
1- Add enough of the above ingredients so that everything comes together nicely.
2- Place meatloaf in the ramekins and place the ramekins on a cookie sheet or place the mixture in a loaf pan and bake in the loaf pan.
3- Bake at 325 for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and brush the glaze on top. Return to the oven and bake until the loaf reaches 155 degrees.
Serve directly in the ramekins, if using, or, if saving for later, let cool, turn out of the ramekins, and either refrigerate or freeze.

 

Turkey Burger Sliders with Mango Salsa and Sweet Potato Fries

My current obsessions include:

being at the beach nearly every day,

Adele’s new music,

our puppy’s little butt wiggle when he’s excited. It’s like he can’t contain his tail,

and

Mango salsa. I love all of its flavor combinations and definitely the color. 

When deciding what to make last night, I knew two things: I wanted sweet potato fries and I wanted mango salsa. I usually always do a mango salsa to go with fish tacos, but sweet potato fries don’t really go with fish tacos. I went into the store really with no idea of what I wanted to do besides those two things. I started to collect the ingredients for those when I came across King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread in the perfect slider size! What an idea- turkey burger sliders with mango salsa and sweet potato fries- and there, standing by the buns, a dinner idea was born.

Unless I have recipe, I nearly never use any measuring tools, and even with a recipe, I rarely measure, so it’s quite hard for me to say how much of each ingredient to use. I think how much of each ingredient really depends on people’s preferences, especially when it comes to spices. It also depends on how many you are cooking for. Last night I cooked for 2. We each had 4 mango salsa sliders with a side of fries. Here’s the recipe minus the ingredient quantities.

If you’re making the sweet potato fries, start them first because they take the longest.

Sweet Potato Fries

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Ingredients:

Yam

Paprika

Crushed Red Pepper

Salt

Cumin

Vegetable Oil to coat

Gallon size ziploc bag

Directions:

1- Cut the yam into fry shapes

2- Once cut, put them in the ziploc bag, add the spices, add the vegetable oil to coat and shake vigorously until well coated. Put them on a pan and pop in the oven. Don’t trip over puppy who always wants to hang out in the kitchen while you cook so he can clean up what falls down:)

3- Bake for about 40 mins, possibly longer depending on how dark you want them. Mix them about every 10 mins. If you see that they are drying out, add some more vegetable oil.

4- While the fries bake, start the mango salsa and the sliders.

Mango Salsa- The amount of salsa you make will depend on the number of sliders you are making. Estimate about 1 tsp of salsa per slider.

Ingredients:

Mango

Cilantro

Red Pepper

Green Onion

Onion

Lime

Directions:

1- Chop all ingredients and combine in a bowl. Sprinkle lime juice on top.

2- That’s all- you’re done. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Turkey Burger Sliders

Ingredients:

1- Ground turkey

2- King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread

Directions:

1- Form the ground turkey into slider size patties. Make sure they are small and flat, so they don’t turn into little meatballs instead.

2- Put about 2 tbs of vegetable oil in a non stick skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add the sliders and let the first side brown, flip the slider, and let the other side brown. Reduce the heat and cook through.

3-  While sliders cook, cut the rolls in half and then cut some of the extra dough off the rolls to make them a little smaller.

4- Put mango salsa on the bottom of the bun and the slider on top so the mango salsa stays on.

5- Serve and enjoy

And to drink we had:

Magic Hat Wacko Ale. It’s a crisp beer that pairs perfectly with a summer time type dish. It’s not that hoppy, which is good for me. People think Coors is the summer beer, but I think Magic Hat Wacko is much better.

Marinade for Pork Chops

This past Saturday that ago old question arose once again- what are we going to make for dinner? We knew we wanted to grill and our original thinking was to make a pork tenderloin, but when we got the store, it was $15! There was no way I was going to spend that much money. We decided to go with thick cut pork chops. Who needs the store’s marinade anyway? With the help of foodnetwork. com, we knew we could come up with something better anyway. When we got home I searched for a marinade and came across one by Alton Brown, who I think is awesome. He’s one of the hosts of Iron Chef. There are so many hosts on that show, I can’t keep them straight. Anyway, he’s the guy they show at the beginning and the end. I guess I knew he was also a chef- he certainly knows his ingredients. Anyway, the main ingredients in this recipe are strong brewed coffee and molasses. The only reason I had molasses laying around was because I made a shoo fly pie awhile back. I’m not a fan of molasses (or shoo fly pie), but with the mix of other ingredients in the recipe, all the flavors balance out nicely.

Notes:

I halved the recipe below for two thick cut pork chops.

I eyeballed most of the ingredients on the list-I hate to unnecessarily dirty extra things.

I did not add the ginger.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup cool strong coffee
  • 6 ounces molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions:
1- Mix all ingredients together in a ziploc bag.
2- Add pork chops and shake bag about until pork is coated.
3- Put in refrigerator and marinate for as long as you’re able.