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The Great American Meatloaf Contest Cookbook


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The Great American Meatloaf Contest Cookbook

greygarious | Sep 24, 2008 12:39 PM

I tucked the name of one of the authors into the back of my mind when I saw her on a cooking show around 13 years ago. Tried in vain to find the book in stored several years ago, but recently got it for a song on Amazon. Hearst Books, 1994, Peter Kaufman & T.K. Woods. I'm someone who never measures my meatloaf ingredients, so I probably won't follow these recipes to the letter, but there are a lot of interesting and appealing ones.

Unlike many restricted-topic cookbooks, where it turns out that half the recipes are for accompanying dishes, there are only 10 pages (various mashed potatoes, gravy, and a few veggies) like this in the 300-page cookbook. Most recipes are for beef or beef/pork/veal mix, but there some with sausage, pork, and lamb. There are chapters for vegetable and poultry loaves too. Particularly appealing are the filled loaves, rolled up in jelly-roll fashion.

There's a microwave meatloaf (rolled in crushed nuts), a crock-pot version, and a stove-top Dutch oven one.

The authors say that one of the best is a loaf-pan meatloaf with a cranberry mix beneath, so the finished dish is inverted, upside-down cake style, to reveal a savory cranberry topping. That and Beef Strogaloaf will be atop my "to make" list.

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