This afternoon, L and I rustled up Gravy-Smothered Cajun-Style Meatloaf Patties with Maple Pecan-Glazed String Beans which tastes like it took far longer than 30 minutes to make. I think there may be a typo in the recipe book, as I’m not sure which part of this dish was meant to be Cajun-Style. The meatloaf is made with a mix of ground pork and beef, slopped together with an egg, breadcrumbs, green pepper, scallions, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Formed into enormous slabs of meat, the Meatloaf Patties are supposed to be fried in vegetable oil for 7 minutes per side. We did finish them off in the microwave to make sure that there was not too much in the way of bloody raw meat in the centre.
The gravy was made in the pan with the meatloaf drippings- we omitted adding extra butter as there was plenty of fat floating around already- onion and red pepper flakes were fried in said fat, then flour was added, and heavy cream and chicken stock were brought to a simmer. Chopped parsley and salt and pepper finished the gravy. The green beans were simmered in chicken stock, then a pat of butter and a slurp of maple syrup were added to the pan. The liquid was cooked down until the beans were just shiny, and some previously-toasted chopped pecans were tossed with the beans.
The finished meal was certainly hearty; it would put some meat on your bones and hairs on your chest. Neither of which I need any more of, although L would probably be ok with a little extra boost. This meal is rich and tasty; comforting winter fare. The meatloaf serving is absolutely enormous- I hope Baby A comes home hungry, or else we will have a lot of leftovers round here. All in all, a good meal to mark 100 days down. Meal 101 is Cheddar-Studded Tex-Mex Meatloaf Patties, Scallion Smashed Potatoes, and Spicy Pan Gravy, which also seems to have some information omitted from the recipe- namely the cheddar bits and the Tex-Mex element.