Meatloaf can be so boring. My standard recipe is from Kraft foods and you can find it here. This is one of those “back pocket” recipes that I can pretty much guarantee will make a good meal.
But, today I lacked the stuffing mix that puts that meatloaf over the top. So, this afternoon right before the 3:15 onslaught of hungry, homework-laden children arrived from school, I was frantically searching for a meat loaf recipe whose ingredients jived with my pantry.
I came upon DEAD MAN MEATLOAF.
Here is my slightly changed variation:
I’m always trying to sneak extra veggies into recipes and meatloaf is the perfect place do do that. So I varied the recipe a little by sauteing one diced onion, one clove of garlic, and a shredded zucchini in Italian dressing.
I used half pork and half ground beef (a little less than a pound each). I didn’t have any bread crumbs so I just dehydrated in the microwave a couple of buns that were already a little stale.
Everything was mixed together with a couple of eggs and some Creole (or Cajun) seasoning. I formed the mixture into a body. When there was about 10 minutes left to cook, I added the face and the fatal wound. I used halved cherry tomatoes with raisins for the eyes and a pepper ring for the mouth. Ketchup served as the blood substitute. The plastic knife was added after I took Dead Man out of the oven. He does sort of look like a gingerbread man with some time of skin disease.
I thought that the kids’ reactions to the meatloaf little dramatic.
In spite of their drama, they really liked it!
I knew this recipe was a winner when Will and Scott fought over Dead Man’s head.
Lest you think that this meal was just fun and games, Dead Man Meatloaf pairs really well with a salad and some sliced pineapple and a glass of white wine.