Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pimp My Meat Loaf

Once twice three times a lady ...oops that's not Meat Loaf!
Two outa three aint Bad.
I was making a few treats for the holidays and realized that I had yet to post anything in 2011.
It's not for lack of cooking or eating for that matter.

I have been a bit disturbed lately as my favorite cooking show featuring Nigella Lawson has been
moved from the am to mid day on Sunday.
How am I supposed to wait to have morning tea until that hour... I have have to get a recorder.

Nigella is at least 3 times a lady and four times the cook too. Her knife technique is unusual but two out of three isn't bad.

Meatloaf is a family staple and I have posted this in the past. Nigella's meatloaf on a scale of one to ten is definably an eleven. She has taken this house hold staple and elevated it to the status of an imposing island king robed in resplendent bacon, bejeweled with a golden orb embedded within.
Intrigued? read on...

The first thing you have to do is hard boil three eggs, then let them cool so you can peel them.
Preheat the oven to 400

4 eggs
1lbd of onions chopped finely
5 tablespoons of duck fat or butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 pounds ground beef, (I used turkey and pork)
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
20 slices of bacon

large roasting pan

Peel and chop the onions, make them uniform and smallish as large ones make the loaf fall apart.
Heat the fat in a fry pan and cook the onions gently until they are golden, sprinkling with salt, remove and allow to cool in a bowl

Put the meat in a large bowl and add the Worchestershire sauce and the onions once cooled.
Mix it with your hands

Add the last egg mix and then add the bread crumbs.

Divide the mixture into two parts patting half of it into a ovoid shape in the bottom of the pan.
peel and place the three eggs in the middle of the loaf.

Shape the remaining meat over the eggs and into a fat torpedo of truth shape taking care npot to over work it. Be wary of holes.

This next step separates art from stupidity, bandage the meat torpedo in bacon carefully wrapping the entire loaf like a Mummy.

Bake for 1 hr at 400 and then let it rest for 15 to 20 min before cutting with a sharp knife

It's really quite spectacular and easy to make. The leftovers make meatloaf sandwiches which
are great in there own right.


Thank you Nigella :-)