What better way to start blogging than with a Co-Blog post with my dear friend Nancy Mock (chef, baker, and creator of HungryEnoughToEatSix.com). As a blogging formality, I will let you know that not every post on this blog, from this point forward, will focus on food; however, it will probably become a popular category for my posts. Today, I will take you on the journey of how “Nan”, as they call her, and I came up with this Co-Blogging adventure and my experience making the best damn meatloaf known to man.
You’re probably wondering, how did it all begin? Well, Nan and I were sitting next to each other before the feast started at Friend’s Thanksgiving (a pre-Thanksgiving with friends, if you will). We were sipping cocktails, when news about her husband’s purchase of the Hungry Enough website came up. With December closing in, Nan was hungry (no pun intended) for ideas that she could use for blogging during the month. Posts involving winter drinks or desserts came up, but nothing seemed to click. Eventually, the dinner started and we became completely distracted. We never spoke about that conversation again. Until…
A few days later, as I continued thinking about Nan, I mean her blog, it hit me – blog posts that focused on meals from famous Christmas movies! I immediately sent Nan a text and the wheels began to turn. And here I am today, cooking some badass meatloaf and posting my first blog post on THE MIND OF SCHMID.
Now, meatloaf… why meatloaf? I mean, I could have picked the Roast Beast or Cat Food Jell-O. But no, I went back to my gut. Which Christmas movie brings me back to sitting with my family in Pennsylvania eating a shit load of cookies – “A Christmas Story”. That’s right, I remember this movie playing the background each Christmas, as it ran 24 hours on TBS. Choosing the movie wasn’t the hard decision; it was choosing between meatloaf or duck (the scene in the Chinese Restaurant – remember… “Fra Ra Ra Ra Ra” – If not, click here). Ultimately, it came down to my financial budget and the idea of cooking a duck after school was, honestly, intimidating. Therefore, I went with the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Plus, the “Mommy’s Little Piggy” scene cracks me up every time I watch it (WATCH HERE).
My original plan was to smoke the meatloaf using a hotel pan; but that did not work out. Instead, I took Mother Parker’s (the mom from the movie) meatloaf and added a different twist. I wrapped the whole damn thing up in Applewood Smoked Bacon! Yes, I created a heart-attack in loaf form.
What I enjoy most about meatloaf is that it is one of those meals that is relatively simple; a few ingredients, a quick mashing of them together in a bowl, and then toss it in the oven. The biggest struggle was trying to cook the bacon and meatloaf at the same time, in the same oven, one on top of the other. The meatloaf seemed perfect so I quickly turned on the broiler to finish off the bacon. This ended up extremely unsuccessful and I accidentally burnt one slice of bacon, literally. There were flames roaring atop my meatloaf. I contribute this to the fact that, while I was trying to perfect the bacon, I was also trying to make mashed potatoes and gravy, I became heavily distracted.
All in all, my wife was happy with it. Her one critique was that it didn’t have the ketchup punch that meatloaf usually has. I guess I’ll try again next December!
Thanks for reading.
So here’s what I included:
Ain’t Yo Momma’s Meatloaf
- 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
- 2 Eggs
- Vitamin D milk
- Cheap bread crumbs
- 1 diced yellow onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Some Marjoram Leaf
- A few squirts of tomato paste
- Salt & Pepper
“Mommy’s Little Piggy” Mashed Potatoes
- 6 red potatoes
- Vitamin D milk
- A lot of butter
- Salt and Pepper
- Baby bell mushrooms
- Yellow onion
- Beef stock
- A quick roux
- Salt & Pepper
- Garlic powder
- Drippings from Ain’t Yo Momma’s Meatloaf