Sunday, May 15, 2011

Titanic Blue Cheese Turkey Meatloaf

I just finished watching CBS Sunday Morning.  They had a segment about past-life regression.  It got me to thinking…have you ever noticed how many people say they were on the Titanic when they talk about past-life regression?  Hell, Napoleon and Genghis Khan were probably on the Titanic.  Can you imagine the over compensating short-man syndrome that must have exploded between them when they met on the Poop Deck?  Cleopatra could have been aboard, too.  Drunk and making an asp of herself on the Grand Staircase. Sank because of an iceberg, my ass…the boat apparently had 3 million people on it.  It sank because it was too heavy.  Of course, there weren’t enough life boats.  How can you possibly have enough lifeboats for everyone who has ever been afraid of water, has ever read about the Titanic or seen that damn movie and who sort of believes in past-life regression?  How could the White Star Line ever plan for something like that?  You just can’t.  The maiden voyage was destined for disaster. 

You won’t be destined for disaster if you make this meatloaf.  This is another recipe from my friend, Pickles.  The first of her recipes that I posted was the Vegetarian Tiger Blood Chili.  We made the meatloaf last night, I suggest you try both recipes.  WINNING!

Blue Cheese Turkey Meatloaf

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces of chopped mushrooms
1 onion (Vidalia), chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 to 3 pinches of red pepper flakes
¼ cup chicken stock
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup panko
6 to 8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1 ½ pounds of ground turkey
8 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 shallot, thinly sliced
Dried onion flakes
Pepper and kosher salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat olive oil in large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add mushrooms, onions and garlic.  Sauté until mushrooms are brown.  Stir in red pepper flakes and sauté an additional minute.  Add chicken stock and Worcestershire sauce, remove from heat and allow to cool.  In a large bowl, combine egg, panko, blue cheese and mushroom mixture.  Fold in turkey and combine.  Shape into rectangular loaf.  Spoon tomato sauce on top of the loaf and place sliced shallots on top along with dried onion flakes.  Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

I baked some asparagus as the side.  Just make yourself an aluminum foil pan, snap the ends off the asparagus, spray with olive oil, season to your liking and bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. 

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