Meatloafin’ Around

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Paradise by the dashboard light? I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that….what was it he wouldn’t do? Oh how we loved Meat Loaf. His music was playing at every party I went to as a teen. Years later I found myself in Vie ques Puerto Rico, sitting on a fence in front of my friends apartment, waiting for his downstairs neighbor, Meat Loaf, to exit his apartment….I never did see him that day. But I did see him at the Bangor Auditorium in the 70’s for about 8 bucks. Ha!

Meatloaf brings me back to my childhood…. Meat Loaf the singer and meatloaf the recipe. A cold rainy day in Maine is calling for some comfort food. “Bat out of Hell” shall go on the turn table and a chicken meatloaf shall be prepared.

A meatloaf recipe is as varied as the cook who makes it. Whether you prefer ground turkey, ground chicken or beef, adding a variety of fresh herbs, spices, fresh veggies or even fruit to your meatloaf promises a new experience of warm bold flavors.

What’s in the fridge? Onions, cilantro, left over apple, apricot jam and from the cupboard, cumin, curry and some rice crackers….

Just a small amount, and quickly cooked in the toaster oven. It set up nicely and smelled wonderful.

Sweet Potatoes also went into the toaster oven. And a quick mix of curry and mayo for a little dippin’ sauce….superb!

Tomorrow….meatloaf sandwich with curry mayo on rice bread….happy Tan Tan

CHICKEN CURRY APPLE MEATLOAF

 1 Lb GROUND CHICKEN

 2 Tbs CHOPPED RED ONION

1/2 DICED APPLE

2 Tbs APRICOT PRESERVES

1 tsp CURRY POWDER

1 tsp CUMIN

3 Tbs FRESH CHOPPED CILANTRO

S & P

6 GROUND RICE CRACKERS OR  2 Tbs BREAD CRUMBS IF YOU ARE NOT GLUTEN FREE

MIX ALL INGREDIENTS. SPRAY A BAKING DISH OR BREAD PAN WITH PAM. COVER AND BAKE FOR 30 TO 40 MINUTES ON 350 DEGREES. REMOVE FROM OVEN. REMOVE FROM BAKING DISH AND SLICE.

SLICE SWEET POTATOES AND TOSS IN OLIVE OIL S &P. BAKE IN A SINGLE LAYER IN SAME OVEN UNTIL LIGHTLY BROWNED ON EDGES. SERVE AS SIDE DISH WITH MEAT LOAF.

MIX ONE TBS OF CURRY WITH 3 TBS OF MAYO FOR A DIPPING SAUCE FOR THE MEATLOAF AND SWEET POTATO FRIES

DO YOU HAVE A MEATLOAF RECIPE YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE?

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