Martinis and Meatloaf

Martinis and Meatloaf

When I was growing up, I hated meatloaf.  Just the thought of it made me run the other direction.  When I am at a really nice restaurant I usually cruise over the menu and say “Bring me what your famous for”.  I believe it is the only way to truly experience the chef and his restaurant.  At any rate, I did this about 6 months ago and to my surprise….meatloaf was served.  I was instantly a born again meatloaf consumer.  So when my mother-in-law was up I asked her that morning if she liked meatloaf and she gave me the bitter beer taste look, one I completely understood.  I said “Don’t worry, you will enjoy mine”.  Sometime that evening she texted me that she wanted the grapefruit martini recipe because I think she was going to try to motivate herself, or drink herself into liking my meatloaf dish.

Martini and Meatloaf Madness 2013
  • Grapefruit Martini
  • 1 shot of Vodka (use the good stuff please) Grey Goose
  • 1/2 shot of simple syrup
  • 2 fresh squeezed pink grapefruit
  • Add to ice and shake and stir, and serve in Martini glass

Elk Morel Meatloaf Recipe

  • 2 lbs. of elk burger
  • 3/4 cup of whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup of good bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of morel mushrooms
  • In small bowl mix all the ingredients above in a small bowl.

Mix all the ingredients together, notice that bright yellow farm egg?
They have been re-hydrated and ready for the meatloaf

Spray a nice 5 x 9 loaf pan with pam, and add your meatloaf mixture into it.

All you need now is the sauce

The Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons  of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard

Mix together and spread over the top of your meatloaf.

spread evenly over the meatloaf and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees

While that cooks at 350 degrees for an hour, a make some Mashed blue cheese potatoes and some asparagus.  Once the meatloaf is done I remove it and let it sit for about five minutes.  Then I make my cut, to make a minimum of 1 inch to 1.5 inch thick slabs.  I place it on the top of the mashed potatoes and then I take a couple of spoonfuls of the sauce in the original cooking pan and drizzle over the meat loaf and taters.

Does this make your mouth water?

Brenda who was a little shy of it, looked at me after her first bite and said “Shay, I think this is the best meal you have ever prepared for me.  This is delicious!”.
I replied “You said that two days ago when I made the Sturgeon Tacos”.

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