When the days start to get colder and night comes earlier there is a certain excitement I feel towards meat again. Summer salads are not quite as appealing anymore. The Cooking With Emeril section of Everyday Food had an easy meatloaf that I just had to try. (Page 38, Sept 2010) Truly, I think it is my new favourite meatloaf…and that is saying a lot because I love meatloaf.
Meatloaf is one of those things that can be a perfect food when done well. Instead of using the common egg and breadcrumb combo with a little ketchup, Mr. Lagasse throws some evaporated milk and rolled oats together, mixes it up with some sauteed veg and tops all that off with some tangy chili sauce. Brilliant, I say. Perhaps I don’t get out as much as I should but I got pretty excited about this loaf. And what goes better with meatloaf than a creamy mash potato and some cauliflower.
I would have said previously that cauliflower was just one of those vegetables I don’t even bother trying to get my family to eat. Jimmy loathes it and therefore so does mini-Jimmy…aka Clara. (Does that mean I have 3 Jimmys) Anyway, In a last effort to redeem the poor pale vegetable I tried a Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar from the same September EverydayFood Magazine. Success!! And I am quoting this, Not only is this cauliflower edible…Its downright delicious. I think I actually teared up.
I pretty much dare you to try this one on your own cauliflower haters. Double dare. We shall see.
Emerils Meatloaf with Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
4 ounces turkey bacon, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (3/4 cup)
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 1/4 cups chili sauce (sweet) or ketchup
Set oven to 350*.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over med-high heat until almost crisp (4mins).
Add onion, green pepper and cook another 4mins.
Add garlic and cook 1min.
Place vegetables in a large bowl with oats and evaporated milk. Cool a bit.
Add turkey to the bowl along with a bit of salt, pepper, 2T of chili sauce and stir.
Transfer to a 5x9inch loaf pan and smooth top. Pour and spread the rest of the chili sauce over the top and cook about 1hr 10mins
Cool 20mins before slicing.
1head cauliflower, cut into med florets
1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
coarse salt and fresh pepper
Preheat oven to 450*. Toss florets, Oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast 20mins tossing half way through.
Shove all the florets to the middle and grate cheese over it. Return to oven cook 2 more mins.