Ziggy Becket (ziggybecket) wrote,
Ziggy Becket

[Cooking] Meat Loaf

So I'm actually a fan of meat loaf. It's something I didn't have until I was in my early twenties. Coming from an Chinese family, that's not something I even knew about until I randomly ordered it at a local Boston Market.

After having it, I was really surprised at how good it is!

So, of course, after watching Alton Brown make it on Good Eats, I had to try it myself and here's my first attempt!

The recipe is taken off of Food Network web site with only slight modifications.

6 ounces panko bread crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled and broken
3 whole cloves garlic
1/2 red bell pepper
18 ounces ground chuck
18 ounces ground sirloin
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 egg

For the glaze:
1/2 cup catsup
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot pepper sauce
1 tablespoon honey

Heat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a food processor bowl, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme. Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture. Place this mixture into a large bowl. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper in the food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground sirloin, and ground chuck with the bread crumb mixture. Season the meat mixture with the kosher salt. Add the egg and combine thoroughly, but avoid squeezing the meat.

Pack this mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray. Insert a temperature probe at a 45 degree angle into the top of the meatloaf. Avoid touching the bottom of the tray with the probe. Set the probe for 155 degrees.

Combine the catsup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and honey. Brush the glaze onto the meatloaf after it has been cooking for about 10 minutes.

Take out of oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

After the meat loaf is packed and put on a baking pan.

Yah it doesn't look all that good, but it was really tasty! 8-9

The only thing I should have done was pack the loaf some more on the baking pan. I think that would have prevented it from breaking after it came out of the oven. It sort of fell apart when I sliced it and put it on the plate.

It doesn't look very good, but it was very tasty with a bit of the extra glaze sauce on top. 8-9

Oh yah, a couple of new toys that I used for the first time when making this meat loaf.

Salter Stainless Steal Kitchen Scale - A neat digital scale for measuring out the ground meat and other things. Oooh, it's shiny. ;-)

Cuisineart Pro Classic Food Processor (Processor-chan) - Wow it was cool. X-D Yah, this was my first time using a food processor. Yeah! Processor-chan! :)

Of course there's a ton of left-overs since the rest of my family is afraid to eat it. LOL. Oh well, I'll make sandwitches and stuff for the next few days. :>

PS. Hmm, I need to find an LJ avatar for my food posts... where's that picture of Iron Chef Chinese I was using for cosplay reference?
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