Today, I’m starting a short (ish) little challenge for myself. I’m going to cook through a magazine; Fine Cooking.
Ultimately, this challenge is a little bit of a replacement for Farmer’s Market. I’ve gotten sloppy over the summer, not having to bake dozens of pans full of food every week, and I need to discipline myself again to be better and faster, and to learn how to bake new dishes along the way–baking and cooking. Actually, this little practice is also to train myself for a bigger challenge I’ve been wanting to start–but we’ll get into that after I finish this.
I started this week. The first thing I made was Mini Meatloaves with Chili Sauce. I decided to skip a couple of recipes, because, for one thing, where would I find octopus? And for another, after I made the octopus, who would eat it? But I am excited to try the tarts, and very very excited to make Moussaka!
Now, if anyone who is reading this has seen Julie & Julia, you know this isn’t an original idea. You’re probably already chuckling and wondering how this will end up. See, Mum and I watched Julie & Julia last week, and now all I want to do is cook. And bake. And eat. And go to Le Cordon Bleu. And live in Paris–at least for a little while. Maybe just a few years. Although, after doing some research, I’ve found there’s a Le Cordon Bleu in New Zealand too–I think I could do that, if not Paris. Oh! Or maybe both. . . For now though, I’m just going to start cooking more-and different things, too. This magazine I’m cooking through is the Oct./Nov. 2015 issue, and I’m giving myself until the end of October to finish the 30 recipes.
- Cooking spray
- ½ medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped
- ⅓-1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 4 slices bacon
- 5 medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup boiling water
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 3 large eggs
- Chili sauce:
- ½ cup ketchup
- 1 Tbs. Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- Dash paprika
- Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and heat the oven to 400 F.
- Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- Pulse the onion, parsley, bacon, and garlic in a food processor (or dice) until finely chopped.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats and boiling water, stirring to combine. Add the onion mixture, beef, eggs, 1½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper and mix well by hand.
- Divide the mixture into fourths and shape into small loaves on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the chili sauce over the top and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
- Turn the broiler on high and broil loaves until dark spots appear-- 1-2 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
It. Was. Delicious. I’ve never made meatloaf before, and I would have changed a couple of things (we didn’t have enough bacon, sadly), but not much. I paired this with another recipe from the magazine, which I’ll have to share with you later–for now, *yawn*, I need a nap before finding another recipe for supper tonight. . .
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