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August 16, 2011

All in One Loaf

I have been craving meatloaf for a while now but my last attempt ended up a lousy meatloaf...but an excellent sloppy joe/nachos type meal.   Mixing gelatin IN the loaf just didn't work.

Ingredients: (Serves 4)
4 medium sized potatoes
1 lb grass fed ground beef
1/4 cup beef gelatin
3/4 cup ketchup
Sea salt
Coconut oil

I poured a thin layer of coconut oil on the bottom for "greasing" the pan, then swished it around a little to get it up the sides.  I peeled the potatoes, the sliced them thin into half moons.  4 potatoes filled the loaf pan to about the halfway point.  If your's are bigger or smaller, adjust accordingly.  I salted lightly in between layers of potatoes.  The burger was added next.  My meat came from by back yard, but use the best you can find and afford.  I was feeling a bit no frills today, so just plopped it in and spread it to cover the potatoes.  I mixed the gelatin into the ketchup and spread the resulting paste mostly evenly over the top.  As it heats, the gelatin will liquefy and spread itself out.

It's cooking right now in the toaster oven at 300* for an hour or until the potatoes are tender.

Variations are endless.  I used Hunt's sugar sweetened ketchup this time, but can envision adding a little horseradish for a cocktail sauce topping, or mixed with mustard and sweetened for a BBQ sauce.  Any ground meat would work, or a blend.  Basil comes to mind. Or paprika and sour cream instead of a tomato based sauce, maybe some horseradish too.  Apples instead of potatoes with an orange chutney for the top.  Of course, you could make a lasagna size version for more people or leftovers too....or in a crock pot?

Hmmmm...let's see how this one turns out first, shall we?

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