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Month: June, 2013

Tomato Glazed Meatloaves

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I should prove that I don’t spend my life eating cake batter and other non-food, sugar loaded items so a savoury recipe is called for. This is the promised second recipe from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook and has already become a staple for us with two batches sitting in my freezer already.

I had never had meatloaf, the idea of a dry, square lump of mushed up meat never really appealed. There was something too spam like about it. As a kid I only knew it existed because of Marge making it in The Simpsons and her family hating it (don’t know why that stuck with me). My only other memory of meatloaf is my father ordering it at a bad restaurant in the midst of a family tension on holiday; it was as disappointing as the evening. These combined meant I judged the poor meatloaf before trying it.  This recipe showed me there was light at the end of my meatloaf aversion tunnel. As Smitten Kitchen explains these meatloaves are basically large meatballs and I can jump on board with that!

These giant meatballs are unbelievably moist and flavourful; the opposite of all my preconceptions. Add the tangy, sweet glaze combined with buttery mashed potatoes and I’m drooling. I have added my own recipe for mashed potato which is basically heart attack mashed potatoes (a whole block of butter!). Smitten Kitchen uses less butter and adds buttermilk and has a few extra steps but I was being speedy so I made my usual recipe. Feel free to swap out for her recipe or your favourite mash method. Please also excuse the dingy photos; I made this in a rush at night and didn’t have the time/patience/imagination to make them look less like monsters eyes on a mash potato face!

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Ingredients
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Glaze
4 tsp. sunflower oil
4 tbsp.  Tomato puree
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
Pinch of salt

Meatloaves
2 slices sandwich bread
1 medium stalk of celery
1 medium carrot
1 medium onion
1 garlic clove
1 tsp. of salt, plus more for vegetables.
900g minced beef
1 tbsp. tomato puree
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
120 ml milk.
Olive oil for cooking

Mash Potatoes
1kg potatoes
250g butter
2 tbsp. double cream.

To make the glaze, put all the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and let simmer for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Take off the heat and set aside.

For the meatloaves start by adding chunks of the bread to a food processor and whizz to create breadcrumbs. Put the breadcrumbs in a large bowl and add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic to the food processor and pulse them until they are finely chopped. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat until hot and coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Add the chopped vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Cook the vegetables until they begin to brown, stirring frequently. This should take 10-15 minutes.

Once cooked add the vegetables to the large bowl with the breadcrumbs and add the remaining ingredients. Stir together with a fork/your hands. Once combined, form the mixture into 12 balls using wet hands. Each ball should be about 7.5cm wide and weigh about 115g each. Arrange meatballs in an ovenproof dish so they are not touching and add a teaspoon of the glaze on top of each. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until they are cooked through

To make the mash, peel and chop the potatoes into roughly one inch pieces. Rinse the cubes under cold water to remove any surface starch. Boil the potatoes in salted water until cooked through (15-20 minutes). While the potatoes are boiling melt the butter in a separate pan, stirring frequently, until the butter solids have turned golden brown.  As I have said before, keep an eye on the butter as it goes from foamy and bubbly to brown very quickly.  Remove from the heat. Once the potatoes are cooked, put the potatoes through a potato ricer (I only recently got one of these and it really makes a difference) into the pan with the browned butter or add to the butter pan and mash by hand. Stir in the double cream and season to taste.

To serve, place a pile of the mash on the plate and add the meatballs/meatloaves on top followed by and juice from the baking dish. Try and make your masterpiece look less like two eyes (or something else I won’t mention) and enjoy!

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook – A Review

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This blog is quickly turning into ‘The Appreciation Society of Smitten Kitchen’. I promise I will vary my sources but why not start with the best?!  I discovered Deb Perelman’s blog about 5 years ago when I was searching for a for red velvet cake (when it was still a rarity in the UK). It was love at first recipe. The cake was perfect beyond belief and no one believed I had made it (“did you get that from Hummingbird Bakery?”). From that point on I was hooked on her stories, recipes and personality. She is my ‘go to’ for any breakfast/lunch/dinner, be it just me and The Dishwasher or a room full of tipsy friends, her dishes always win. Naturally I was extremely excited to receive her cookbook, and just in case you were wondering where this review was going; (as if you were) it lived up to my expectations and added a cherry on top of them.

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With the weekly updates on her blog, I look forward to her stories as much as I do the gobbling of her finished dishes. Every story is sharp and entertaining and adds to the recipe, never detracts. The book matches her blog format so each recipe is rounded out by an anecdote which means I was able to sit down with it and read it like a book at work, at home, on the tube and in the bath, from start to finish, ogling at her beautiful pictures as I go. This book is my food porn, seriously. 

With my trusty page markers I began to earmark recipes that I just had to make, until, getting a quarter way through, I realised I had put a marker on every page. So I gave up marking and started cooking.

All recipes have been a huge success and were, as always, extremely easy to follow and simple to do. With a lot of them she has cook tips, basically answering the questions she thinks we would ask if it was her blog, which really helps. Really the finished products speak for themselves. So far I have made five gorgeous, amazing, scrumptious dishes, two of which I will post shortly and one of which (Breakfast Bars) has already appeared on this blog.

I don’t want to put up too many recipes because then I would just spoil the fun of receiving a new cookbook. I know space is always limited, so I would only suggest a cookbook that I knew you would want to use again and again. And trust me when I say this is one of those. No fads, no gimmicks, no pictures of beautiful people standing around drinking beautiful drinks on a roof top in Paris in an unattainable tableau of cool.  Just honest, well thought out recipes, that will become week night staples, show stoppers and memorable, ego stroking ‘’Izzy, you really must make YOUR …….’’ dishes.

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