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Day 101: A tale of two meatloaves

April 11, 2007

 

This evening, L and I made Cheddar-Studded Tex-Mex Meatloaf Patties, Scallion Smashed Potatoes, and Spicy Pan Gravy which is pretty much the same dish as we made yesterday, with a few tweaks, and served with mash rather than green beans. The recipe book says that you should omit cheddar cheese, and also add cheddar cheese to the meatloaf recipe. These “variations” on the “master recipes” can be a little confusing to follow. The ingredients list is not broken up into the individual elements of the dish, so it is difficult to isolate what you need for just the meatloaf patties, for example. When the variation recipe says follow the instructions for the master recipe, it doesn’t mention what you should specifically add, substitute or do differently. So you actually need to engage your brain to cross-reference the two recipes to follow the directions. Which is not good when your head is filled entirely with cotton wool. Just saying.

Anyway, moving on, this was a pretty good meal, as well it should be for the eighty gazillion calories and grams of fat it must contain. The patties were all beef today, with cubes of cheddar throughout, and flavoured with cumin and coriander. The mashed potatoes with butter, sour cream and scallions were really good; stodgy, solid perfection. The pan gravy was the same onion, butter, red pepper flakes, chicken stock and heavy cream concoction that we made yesterday, but lime juice and cilantro were added. That was the only weird part of the meal. The gravy is so creamy and dense, that the lime juice just seemed misplaced. But other than that, this was certainly pleasant.

Tomorrow we will be having Grilled Chicken Paillard with Grilled Red Onion and Asparagus Salad, whatever a Paillard may be. Ok, a quick Google search tells me that the chicken breasts will be pounded thinly and cooked. Well that makes a nice change.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Jeniphir April 12, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Hi there! I mentioned to someone that I have been cooking my way through 365: No Repeats this year, and they pointed me to yr blog. I’ve enjoyed reading yr take on the recipes I’ve cooked!

    I have not been as dedicated as you are being; we don’t eat beef or pork, so if a recipe can’t be adapted to poultry or fish, I’ve skipped it. And I only make 3 RR recipes per week. . .as you know, there is only so much chicken breast one family can be expected to consume (we are two adults, a picky soon-to-be-6-year-old and a 2-year-old who will eat anything)!

    I made Tex-Mex meatloaf patties a few nights ago, so now due to my skipping past the beefy recipes, I’m going to sprint ahead of you, but will greatly enjoy keeping up with what you thought of each recipe.

    FWIW, #9 Turkey Noodle Casserole has become a standard recipe around here. . .I make it at least twice a month and we eat it for days (RR is hilarious–1 lb of pasta is 4 servings?? Or, for that matter, half a pound of meat per person?? I’ve scaled back to 3 – 4 oz of meat per person, per meal). And we loved the chicken and pear sandwich!

    I never used cumin for anything, ever, before (and I fancy myself a bit cheffy), and I’ve used two big jars since New Year’s! Actually, the kids may have dumped out a good portion of one jar that was left on the counter, but still!

    Keep up the good work; I, for one, will be checking in regularly!

  • Reply Jeniphir April 12, 2007 at 7:33 am

    Hi there! I mentioned to someone that I have been cooking my way through 365: No Repeats this year, and they pointed me to yr blog. I’ve enjoyed reading yr take on the recipes I’ve cooked!

    I have not been as dedicated as you are being; we don’t eat beef or pork, so if a recipe can’t be adapted to poultry or fish, I’ve skipped it. And I only make 3 RR recipes per week. . .as you know, there is only so much chicken breast one family can be expected to consume (we are two adults, a picky soon-to-be-6-year-old and a 2-year-old who will eat anything)!

    I made Tex-Mex meatloaf patties a few nights ago, so now due to my skipping past the beefy recipes, I’m going to sprint ahead of you, but will greatly enjoy keeping up with what you thought of each recipe.

    FWIW, #9 Turkey Noodle Casserole has become a standard recipe around here. . .I make it at least twice a month and we eat it for days (RR is hilarious–1 lb of pasta is 4 servings?? Or, for that matter, half a pound of meat per person?? I’ve scaled back to 3 – 4 oz of meat per person, per meal). And we loved the chicken and pear sandwich!

    I never used cumin for anything, ever, before (and I fancy myself a bit cheffy), and I’ve used two big jars since New Year’s. Actually, the kids may have dumped out a good portion of one jar that was left on the counter, but still!

    Keep up the good work; I, for one, will be checking in regularly!

  • Reply Madeline Miller April 12, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Rachael’s Chicken Paillard is a staple around our house. I had no idea what it was either, until I made it. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project April 13, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    It’s always good to know we have good things coming; I can’t imagine having to adapt more of the recipes for poultry- we’d be eating from the book once a month!

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