One of my favorite dishes to make is meatloaf. Besides being really easy you then have something to make meatloaf sandwiches with. I was looking for the history of the meatloaf sandwich. I didn't have much luck so here is the history of the meatloaf.
Patties or “loaves” of minced meat, mixed with a variety of ingredients, are part of many culinary histories. Germans hid boiled eggs inside meatloaf, the Romans enjoyed theirs made with wine-soaked bread, spices, and pinenuts, Medieval Europe served it mixed with with fruit, nuts and seasonings. Sometimes it was served hot, or wrapped in ham, or served cold with sauces, or was found jiggling in layers of gelatin.
In case you want my recipe for meatloaf it is really simple. Ground meat, can be beef, venison, pork, chicken, etc.; bread crumbs or cracker crumbs or corn flakes; egg; tomato sauce. Mix this all together, creative a mound and put in crockpot with sliced potatoes. Pour tomato sauce over the meatloaf. Cook until potatoes are done.
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At culinary school, we were taught that meatloaf is a version of a French terrine, which often had things layered into them, like vegetable, hard boiled eggs, ham, etc. While I'm not found of meatloaf or terrines, it does make sense.
I think that American culinary tradition can be explained as mainly an obsession with ground beef, which I have never understood. These days, it's not particularly cheap, I can get top round, not ground, for less money, and it's more versatile. But, to each his/her own.
Apparently there was an eBook by Robert Williams Cobb on 101 ways to reuse meatloaf called Meatloaf Madness (http://www.tastymeatloaf.com/), but the domain no longer exists, and I can't seem to find any archives of the eBook.
So, this video is what I could find left of it.