Upside-Down Meatloaf


Lodge Upside-Down Meatloaf | Culinary Compost RecipesThis recipe is from the Taste section of the Minneapolis Star newspaper, published in 1974. It is also featured in the book Lodge Cast-Iron Nation. It has always been a favorite of Eleanor Lodge Kellermann’s family, served with cornbread. Use a Lodge 9”x5” cast-iron loaf pan for best results.

People that know me know I’m a sucker for a good meatloaf recipe — and this is an excellent recipe. Enjoy—

INGREDIENTS:

Vegetable oil or Crisco shortening
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
12 cup ketchup
1.5 pounds ground chuck
3/4 cup crushed saltine crackers (oyster or square)
1 small onion, grated
3/4 cup whole milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Ground horseradish served on the side

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350° F. Grease a Lodge cast-iron loaf pan with Crisco or vegetable oil.

Press the brown sugar evenly in the bottom of the pan. Then add the ketchup. Ensure it is spread evenly. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and form into a loaf. Press firmly into the pan. Bake uncovered for 60-70 minutes.

When done, the internal temperature should read 160° F. Use an instant-read digital thermometer for accuracy. Remove from the oven and let stand for ten minutes. Carefully turn the pan upside down on a serving platter.

Slice and serve with horseradish.  Serves 4-6

Mike’s Notes:
I used a medium-sized onion and there was a lot of liquid rendered out after it rested for ten minutes. I’m going to back off to 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk to compensate.  Also, I don’t think there’s nearly enough ground pepper; I would double it, but that’s a matter of personal preference.

Finally, if you’re expecting a perfect presentation when turning the meatloaf out on a serving plate — don’t get your hopes up. This recipe is about down-home convenience, not aesthetics.

Advertisements

Jeff Phillips’ Smoked Meatloaf


Jeff Phillips' Smoked Meatloaf

The meatloaf was smoked on a silicone smoker mat purchased from QVC. It has really come in handy for a variety of recipes including fish and pork chops.

This is a recipe from smoked foodie author Jeff Phillips. Jeff really knows his way around BBQ – I followed the recipe exactly and it was an instant success.
I’ve included links for his book, as well as his rub and sauce recipes.

Ingredients:
1 lb ground chuck (80/20)
1 lb ground breakfast sausage, hot or regular
1/2 cup bell pepper (yellow, green, red mixed), diced
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced (1 small onion)
1/2 cup celery, diced
2 TBS olive oil
2 slices of loaf bread or a hamburger bun top and bottom
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
Jeff’s barbecue sauce recipe (purchase recipes here)
Jeff’s original rub recipe (purchase recipes here)

 

Preparation:
Step 1: Soak Bread

Take two slices of loaf bread or the top and bottom half of a bun and tear it into small pieces.
With the bread in a small bowl, pour ½ cup of buttermilk over the bread. The bread will soak up the buttermilk and this will be part of what makes the meatloaf so moist.
Once the milk is soaked in, crack a couple of large eggs onto the bread mixture. Stir gently to combine.
Set aside

Step 2: Saute Vegetables

Dice bell peppers, onion and celery so that you end up with about ½ cup of each.
If you have extra, place them in a zip top bag and place them in the freezer for later.
Put 2 TBS of olive oil into a skillet over medium heat.
Once the pan is hot enough, pour in the onions, peppers and celery and stir to mix with the oil.
Let them cook for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables start to get slightly soft.
Once the veggies are finished cooking, remove them from the pan and into a plate or bowl to cool.
Add ½ cup of Jeff’s barbecue sauce and 3 TBS of Jeff’s rub to the sautéed vegetables. Stir to combine.

Step 3: Mix the Meatloaf

Place the 1 pound of ground chuck and 1 pound of ground sausage into a large mixing bowl.
Add the bread, buttermilk and egg mixture to the top of the meat.
Add the vegetable, sauce and rub mixture to the top of the meat as well.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the top of the mixture and gently combine the ingredients together.
Do not overmix. Do just enough to combine and stop. Overworking the meatloaf mixture will make it tough.

Step 4: Form Into a Loaf

Pour or scoop the mixture onto a cookie sheet, food grade butcher paper, etc. and form into a loaf with your hands.
You can also place the mixture into a loaf pan to form it and then dump it out onto the pan, rack or tray that you will use to cook it.
You will notice that this mixture may be a little wetter than what you are used to using but that’s ok. It will form and hold together just fine.
I recommend about 2 inches thick in the shape of a rectangle but you can get creative with this if you like.
If using a Bradley rack, I recommend placing a piece of wax paper under the meat so it will be easier to remove once done.

Step 5: Smoke the Meatloaf

Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225-240°F using indirect heat with hickory smoke or whatever smoking wood you have available.
If your smoker has a water pan, I recommend that you use it.
Once your smoker is maintaining the proper temperature, the cooking can commence.
Place the meatloaf in the smoker.
Let the loaf cook for 3-4 hours or until it reaches about 155°F.

Step 6: Top with Sauce

At about 155°F, brush the top and sides of the meatloaf with plenty of Jeff’s barbecue sauce. Give it about 25-30 minutes to caramelize then remove from the smoker.
Finish temperature for meatloaf is actually 160°F but knowing that it will continue to cook and rise in temperature even after being removed from the smoker, it is ok to remove it a few degrees early.

Step 7: Rest and Serve

Once the meat is brought into the house, tent some foil over the top and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving. This resting period gives the juices in the meat time to redistribute throughout the meat.

 

Helpful Tips:
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 3-4 hours
Smoker temperature: 240°F
Meat Finish temperature: 160°F
Recommended wood: Hickory or Apple

Mike’s Meatloaf


Meatloaf is a classic American dish – one dish that people either really love or detest… there is no in-between. Many people make the mistake of cooking it too long so it resembles a cinderblock served on a hubcap. It doesn’t need to be that way. Just make sure you cook it until the internal temperature reaches no higher than 160 degrees; letting it rest for a few minutes.

Try my recipe – it’s so moist and flavorful. Enjoy-

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground chuck
1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
dash Worchestershire sauce
ground pepper to taste
pinch of thyme
1 tsp. dry ground mustard
1 tbs. dried parsley
1 egg, beaten
chili sauce for the topping
DO NOT ADD SALT; there is enough in the soup mix

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 1 pound loaf pan with Crisco or grease with shortening. Mix all ingredients well with your hands in a large serving bowl. Shape into a loaf and place into the greased pan.

Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes. Brush with chili sauce prior to the last 15 minutes of baking time. Using a good instant-read digital meat thermometer, check to ensure that the internal temperature at the thickest part of loaf reaches 155 degrees.

Remove and let stand for 10 minutes, tightly covered in foil.  It will climb to 160° as it rests.
Cut into 1″ slices and serve with horseradish on the side.

Serves 4