Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Only the Best Meatloaf Ever

Be prepared. I'm about to provide you with the single most amazing meatloaf recipe on the face of the planet. I kid you not. Back in June we went to Boston for our friends' wedding and stayed with a lovely couple. He is reportedly quite the cook and on our last night there he made us this meatloaf. We had been eating out for almost a straight month by this point and this homemade meatloaf was pure comfort food. Now, this recipe has a rather strange combination of flavors, but don't let that deter you. It's good.

1 cup of bbq sauce
1 16 Jar of mild salsa
Teriyaki Sauce (recipe to follow)
2 lbs ground beef
1 lb ground turkey
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
50 crushed Ritz crackers

Bake uncovered at 375 65-75 minutes; every 25 minutes drain fat with a baster. It's done when there are some charred places on top, but could easily cook for longer. This is a very moist and forgiving meatloaf. Sometimes I crank it up to 400 for the last few minutes to char the top and firm it up a bit.

Teriyaki Sauce

1/4 cup of soy sauce
1/2 cup of water
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1-3 minced garlic cloves
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 tbs of honey
2 tbs of cornstarch dissolved into 1/4 cup of cold water

Mix everything but the cornstarch mixture in a saucepan and heat. Drizzle cornstarch mixture into pan and whisk. Heat on low, whisking, until it thickens to a honey consistency.

Along with the meatloaf I made Fresh Corn Casserole

and Sweet Potato Chips. For the chips just peel a sweet potato, slice it into thin circles,
drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt,

then bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy.

Sweet potatoes are my favorite veggie, so I try to come up with new ways to cook them! My favorite though is still on the grill with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. But these make a good salty version.

And I finally got my Colorado Peaches!! They were selling them at the local Farmer's Market. Look at how gorgeous they are. I would make something out of them, but they are so absolutely perfect plain. So sweet and juicy and delicious...

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