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Glazed Meatloaf

JeffreyW linked to this recipe originally. When I went to make it, I adapted it to what I had on hand.

Glazed Meatloaf

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 stalk celery, rough chopped
  • 1 small carrot, rough chopped
  • 1/2 onion, rough chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage (pork or ground beef can be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper

Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

In a skillet, melt butter and saute celery, carrots, onion and garlic until soft. Remove from heat and cool slightly. In a blender, add crushed tomatoes, soy sauce and chopped vegetables. Blend until smooth.

In a bowl, combine oats, beef, sausage, vegetable mixture, spices and eggs, and mix until well combined. You’re probably going to have to use your hands to get it done properly. I don’t have an issue with that, but if you do, kitchen latex-free disposable gloves are a lifesaver (I use them for chopping chiles and such).

You want this to be somewhat firm, but it’s not going to stand up on its own (that would lead to dry meatloaf)

Cover a baking sheet with foil and then top with a sheet of parchment paper. In a loaf pan, form the loaf, tap it on the counter to remove any air pockets. Refrigerate until oven preheats to 350 degrees F. Next put the parchment paper over the top, then place the baking sheet over the top and invert everything. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and gently remove the loaf pan.  It helps to use a thin spatula. Put the meatloaf back in the oven and bake uncovered until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F. About 40 minutes.

While it’s baking, whisk together the glaze ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly until it has thickened.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven, turn heat up to 450 degrees F, baste the meatloaf with the glaze, return to the oven and bake for 3 minutes, glaze again, bake for an additional 3 minutes. Then a third time and remove from the oven when the glaze is bubbly and brown.  Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes so that you can cut it evenly.

The vegetable mixture really gives this meatloaf a silky texture and it is full of flavor.

I think serving it with mashed potatoes should be mandatory. YMMV.



 

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Therapeutic Hobbies: A Little Clay, A Little Glaze

I’ve been wanting to take a pottery class for a while and a friend found one that seemed just perfect. No pressure and we could come and go as time permitted. It has been great fun with very nice instructors. Here is what the last month produced:

The little green bowl was the first piece I made. The purple was the first project on the wheel. The heart bowl was another hand built technique. Actually used it as a serving bowl tonight.

I made the mugs on the wheel on the same night, because my instructor said they should come in pairs. In reality, it was in case one didn’t survive the process. Luckily they both did. The gold handle actually came out of the “extruder” (think cookie press) curled and I decided it should stay that way. I had a great deal of help in attaching to the mug – definitely an advanced process. I was able to do the other handle on my own.

Actually had coffee in one this morning.

I have a few more pieces to finish up and I want to make some trivets for the kitchen. But probably going to have to slow down the classes as gardening is about to take up a whole lot more time.



But There Are Two Sheets In The Box!

Yes, yes, there are!  Mmm… raspberry Danish!DSC_2308 (1600x1060)

Cinnamon Rolls

DSC_7526 (1600x1060)We had a sudden desire for cinnamon rolls yesterday and these 90 minute wonders came up.  I have to say that the allrecipes site has been very good for me lately.  They have a Youtube channel with the best recipe instructions – good photography and concise descriptions without silly banter.  They feature the recipe and not some self aggrandizing twit being cute.  The video link is on the page I linked to above and is well worth the few minutes it takes to watch.  DSC_7529 (1600x1060)I heard the nice lady mention cream cheese icing towards the end of the video so I did a quick search and found a recipe:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

We had some maple syrup on hand so I substituted a few ounces of that for the vanilla extract and used a hand mixer to beat it until it was smooth.


Friday Recipe Exchange: Blood Oranges

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Tonight’s recipe exchange is going to be a quick one. It’s been a stressful week –  the little company I work with is downsizing (you can read about it here) and I’m busy helping them restructure. The weekend cannot come soon enough. Time to get out and ride and maybe do some gardening.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, it’s Blood Orange season and I thought I’d take advantage. I know we just did oranges, but that’s actually one of the reasons for tonight’s theme. I received an email question about using blood oranges instead of Clementine’s in the Orange Bread recipe. That reminded me to go looking for blood oranges. Usually I have a difficult time finding them, but a new Sprouts Market opened in my neighborhood and they have a great fresh produce section where I’ve been able to find all kinds of fun stuff. Including some beautiful and flavorful blood oranges.

If you haven’t ever had them, they are sweeter than navel oranges, a little bit of a raspberry flavor, I guess, to them. A nice mix of sweet and tart flavors. Here’s a bit of an explanation over at Sunkist. Really anything you do with oranges, you can do with blood oranges and get a really pretty display in the process.

So with that, I have three recipes for you and, sorry, no photos, it took all the energy I had left just to put together the recipes.

First up: Blood Orange Salad (click here)

Next: Blood Orange Coleslaw (click here)

What’s going on in your kitchen this weekend? Anything fun? Anyone firing up the grill yet?

And finally tonight’s featured recipe:

Blood Orange Glaze and Salsa

This was originally meant for a firm white fish, but it works well with chicken, salmon and pork. So I thought I’d give you the basics and you can experiment with how you use them.

If you can’t find blood oranges, you can substitute ruby red grapefruit, or use all navel oranges, maybe add some raspberries for a nice flavor.

Blood Orange Glaze

  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste

Warm honey and orange juice until the honey is completely melted. Stir in zest, pepper flakes, salt & pepper. Broil (set rack at second level from the top) or grill fish fillets, pounded chicken breasts or boneless pork chops,  basting with the sauce and turning frequently until cooked through and glaze is carmelized. Top with salsa (recipe below).

Blood Orange Salsa

  • 4 blood oranges, peeled, sectioned and chopped
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 naval orange, peeled, sectioned & chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp limejuice
  • Salt & pepper to taste

large bowl

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and set aside for about 30 minutes.

Roasted Orange Chicken

A while back, JeffreyW roasted a duck and glazed it in a nice looking sauce. I thought I would use that glaze on my Thanksgiving turkey, but since I didn’t end up cooking on Thanksgiving,  a chicken was going to have to do. I stuffed it with oranges, onion and a spice bag. I roasted it at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then let it finish out at 350 degrees until it was about 150 degrees. Then I coated it with the glaze (recipe below) and continued to roast until it was 165 degrees. I pull it out and let it rest for 15 minutes. It was really good.

EDIT: I forgot to add that I did the herb butter/oil paste under the skin (that’s why there is that small tear in the skin – half the time it tears, half it doesn’t). I added a bit of orange zest into the herb mixture.

I was a bit concerned because when I do the orange turkey, it’s usually in a cooking bag, so the flavor of the orange is intensified. I wasn’t sure roasting was going to give me the same flavor. But between the oranges in the cavity and the orange glaze, it had a nice spicy-orange flavor.

Orange Chicken 2

It looks like it burned, but it was just a trick of the light, making the darker spots look really dark.

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glaze

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp teriyaki, ponzu or soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Sriracha chili sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cornstarch

In a small saucepan, bring all the ingredients, except orange juice and cornstarch, to a low boil. Mix together orange juice and cornstarch until smooth and add the to boiling mixture, stirring constantly until it thickens. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5-10 minutes before applying to the chicken.

Test Duck

 

This duck spent all day outside in my small electric smoker (12 hours!) and only managed an internal temp of 155 degrees so I moved it to my 350 oven to finish.  When the thermometer beeped 165 I took it out and brushed the glaze on and put it back in after boosting the oven past 400.  Just a few minutes set the orange/honey/ molasses mixture.  Now what do I do with it?

I started out just wanting the fat to cook potatoes with, duck fat being all the foodie rage some years ago.  News tends to filter slowly into the Heartland.  There are a few places to order duck fat online but they seemed uniformly too expensive – and I’m Cheap.  I did get a cup of fat out of this, a cup and a half , max.  This web site has good info, and lots of pictures, it gave me some good ideas for how to go about cooking this thing.  Not that I followed the instructions, of course.  I did see the utility of crosshatching the skin so I did that.  Cut my thumb, too, but I didn’t get much blood on the bird.I think I’ll dismember it and serve it along with rice and a roasted veggie or two.  I can picture thinly sliced breast atop a bowl of noodles, or in an upscale taco.

Thursday Recipe Exchange: Fruit Desserts

Cross-posted at Balloon-Juice

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m having fun with these Thursday night recipe posts. Thanks for playing.

I love chocolate, so it’s usually my sweet of choice. But a very close second is fruit desserts. Strawberries, apples, oranges, blueberries, citrus anything, I love them all. So I have a wide range of fruit dessert recipes available:

Strawberry Bread, Orange Cookies, Key Lime Pie Bars,  Coconut Lemon Cake (perfect for Easter dinner), pineapple and cranberry upside-down cakes, blueberry oatmeal cookies, the list goes on…and on.

It was hard to narrow down the recipe for tonight, I ended up choosing two, Perfect Apple Crisp and Sour Cream Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake.  One is decadant, one is quick and easy. What fruit desserts make the top of your list? Hit the comments with the recipes. Next week: I’ll be traveling again, but I’m thinking pizza, since JeffreyW has so many varieties and I’m usually hunting perfect pizza places while I travel.

On to tonight’s recipes.

This is one of the most requested birthday cakes at our office:

Sour Cream Lemon-Poppy Seed Pound Cake

You’ll want to prep the lemon juice, lime juice and zests ahead of time. You’ll need 2 lemons and 3 limes to complete the recipe.

  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) melted butter, cooled slightly
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

Bundt or Angel Food pan, greased and floured

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix sugar, eggs, zests, lemon, juice, limejuice, sour cream, butter and salt until well blended. Mix together flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture in three sections to egg mixture, mixing until blended, but do not over blend. Fold in poppy seeds. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 75-90 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, or until cool to touch, then remove from pan to cool completely, about 2 hours.

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Dash of vanilla extract

Whisk together until smooth. Pour over the top of cooled cake. Let stand about 10 minutes until set.

Next is a different take on apple crisp.  I had seen video of a recipe that pre-cooked the apples in a cast iron skillet. The idea looked really good and since I’m all about cooking in my cast iron skillets, I thought I’d give it a whirl.  And I have to say, that yes it did make the best apple crisp ever.  It allows the apples to fully cook, then you can bake the “crisp” part at a higher temperature for a shorter time, giving it a really crisp top.

Cast Iron Apple Crisp

  • 2 lbs apples – mix of sweet and tart (about 3 apples)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to taste

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (more as desired)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup flour

10 inch cast iron skillet and small mixing bowl

Core and cut apples into small pieces (about 1/2 inch). Peeling is optional, but with this method the peels cook nice and soft, so it isn’t necessary.

Melt butter in skillet, add apples and sugar, stir until apples are well coated. Cover and cook on medium heat until apple mixture is soft and caramelized, stirring occasionally. About 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In mixing bowl, stir together butter, sugar, flour and oats, mix until crumbly. Crumble over the apple mixture. Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until top is crispy golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes and serve warm.

What makes this so good is that because the apples are cooked on the stovetop, you can use a much higher heat in the oven and get a good, crisp top without drying the whole mixture out or under cooking the apples. Really, this is one of the best apple crisps I’ve made.

Alternately, if you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, you can transfer the cooked apple mixture to a glass baking dish, add topping and bake that way.

Sour Cream Lemon-Poppy Seed Pound Cake

This one turned out much better

Last month, I was not happy with the 7-Up pound cake, it was very dry. I added extra flour as is usually needed to make a cake at altitude. It didn’t need it, so I also suspect it doesn’t need the full 3-1/2 cups below 5000 feet either. I’ve amended the entry to reflect this.

I was going to make it again to see for sure, but at the last minute decided to go a different route and adapt a sour cream pound cake to include lemon and poppy seeds. This is what we call baking by committee. When I polled everyone at work to see what they wanted, well this is what happens. Though I must admit, the citrus is all me. Besides chocolate desserts, I love citrus desserts, especially in summer. So lemon cake it had to be.

Sour Cream Lemon-Poppy Seed Pound Cake

You’ll want to prep the lemon juice, lime juice and zests ahead of time.. You’ll need 2 lemons and 3 limes to complete the recipe.

  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) melted butter, cooled slightly
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

Bundt or Angel Food pan, greased and floured

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix sugar, eggs, zests, lemon, juice, limejuice, sour cream, butter and salt until well blended. Mix together flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture in three sections to egg mixture, mixing until blended, but do not over blend. Fold in poppy seeds. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 75-90 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, or until cool to touch, then remove from pan to cool completely, about 2 hours.

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Dash of vanilla extract

Whisk together until smooth. Pour over the top of cooled cake. Let set about 10 minutes until set.

Links to some of my other citrus desserts:

Coconut Lemon Cake

Key Lime Coconut  Bars

Orange Cookies

Key Lime Pie

7-UP Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake with Raspberry Drizzle

 

 

NOTE:  (6/1/11)  This cake came out rather dry.  I added extra flour to counter high altitude.  It didn’t need it.  I suspect that at lower altitudes it may not need as much flour as the recipe calls for.  You may want to reduce the flour from 3-1/4 cups to just 3 cups.  That should keep your cake moist.

As I said earlier, I have another birthday at work this week and the request was for Raspberry Poppy Seed Cake. I wanted to honor that, but I had a very intriguing recipe for a 7-UP cake that I wanted to try. So I modified it to satisfy the birthday request. I think it turned out ok, but a little dry. I’ll update on how it was received by the birthday boy.

7-UP Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake

(with raspberry drizzle)

You’ll want to prep the lemon, lime juice and zests ahead of time. You can use any lemon-lime soda, but not sugar free because it doesn’t create the right texture for the cake.  I used Sierra Mist because it has natural flavors. You’ll need 2 lemons and 3 limes to complete the recipe.

  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup (4 oz) 7-UP or other lemon-lime soda (not sugar free)   
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ sticks (1 1/4 cups) melted UNSALTED butter, cooled slightly
  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

Bundt or Angel Food pan, greased and floured

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix sugar, eggs, soda, zests, lemon juice, lime juice, butter and salt until well blended. Add flour in three sections, mixing until blended, but do not over blend. Fold in poppy seeds. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 75-90 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, or until cool to touch, then remove from pan to cool completely, about 2 hours.

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Whisk together until smooth. Pour over the top of cooled cake. Let set about 10 minutes until set.

Raspberry Drizzle:

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Small saucepan (not aluminum)

Bring ingredients to a low boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat, mash raspberries, and let simmer until thickened. Spoon cooled mixture over individual slices.