"What's for Dinner?!" I'm always thinking about it, thought I'd share.

"What's for Dinner?!" I'm always thinking about it, thought I'd share.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Weekly Menu

"Smorgasbord Night"

Baja-style Fish
Zucchini Medley
Arugula Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

Chicken and Wild Mushroom Meatloaf
Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts
Roasted Carrots with Thyme

Chicken Piccata
Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan Oven Roasted Asparagus

Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
Corn Bread
Collard Greens
Roasted Delicata Squash

Dinner out - Republic Detroit

Meatloaf with green chiles, bacon, and spicy Ketchup

Comfort food doesn't get much better than this.  I was inspired by a burger I saw on a TV cooking show and thought it would translate well to a loaf.  I guess I was right, cause since I've served this up, it's the household's favorite this fall.  I pair this with crispy sweet potatoes, but any potato would work here. Top each slice with a fresh hot, sunny side egg and you've got week night deliciousness!  Enjoy!!


1# chopped meat, beef
1/4 # ground pork
1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs
1 whole egg
1 small can chopped green chiles
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 sweet onion, peeled and minced
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1 ribs celery, small dice
1 small carrot, peeled and small dice
1 small pink lady Apple, peeled and diced
1/2# bacon
2 Tbsp. Soy sauce
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Spicy Ketchup-

1/2 C. Ketchup
2 Tbsp. Honey
2 Tbsp. BBQ sauce
1 Tbsp. Soy sauce
1Tbsp. Rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. Lemon juice
1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili paste

Sunny side eggs

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a small frying pan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, and carrots.  Sweat until translucent, add garlic and apples, cook two more minutes or until apples release some of their juices.  Remove from heat, reserve and cool.

In a medium mixing bowl combine all Spicy Ketchup ingredient, mix well and reserve in the frig, covered.  

In a large mixing bowl thoroughly mix beef and pork.  Add eggs, chiles, breadcrumbs, soy sauce, Worcestershire, cool vegetable mixture and salt and pepper.  Mix well.  Check seasoning (I place a half dollar sized disc into the microwave and cook for 10 seconds, or done and taste).  Correct if need be.  Reserve off to the side.  
Take a loaf pan and line with plastic wrap.  Make sure to push wrap into the corners and tight to the sides of the pan.  Taking one strip of the bacon at a time, cover the inside of the pan going across the mold (short ways).  Each strip should resemble the letter "U" with it going down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side of the pan.  Continue across the pan, shingling each slice of bacon until the entire mold is covered.  Now, using a kitchen spoon (I use my hands) put the meat mixture into the pan onto of the bacon.  Once all the mixture has been added, gently press the meat mixture into the loaf pan.  Fold the ends of the bacon down across the meat mixture and gently press (this will be the bottom of the loaf).  At this point the loaf can be chilled for cooking another time or frozen for longer storage.

Take a piece of parchment paper and press to the top of the loaf pan, quickly turn it over onto a baking sheet. Remove plastic wrap.  The entire loaf should be covered by the bacon and ready for the oven.  Place into the hot oven and cook 1 hour.  Once done, loaf should be dark brown on the outside and an internal thermometer should read 155 F.  Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.  This is  a prefect time to make your sunny side up eggs.  Slice a thick piece of loaf and serve with hot egg on top, Enjoy!