National Meatloaf Day

National Meatloaf Appreciation Day

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - With Carol Falkowski’s ground-breaking cookbook, Meatloaf Outside the Pan, you can delight the whole family with new, exciting, and creative ways to serve meatloaf. Meatloaf is one of the ultimate comfort foods. But even though it has an amazing taste, it rarely has an amazing look.

Until now.

Carol Falkowski shows you how to think outside the pan and transform ordinary, brick-shaped meatloaf into a stunning dinner entree that is decorated with colorful sauces and vegetables.

Leave the loaf pan behind and experience the possibilities with her creative, fun, and whimsical meatloaf presentation techniques.

Use Falkowski's delicious basic meatloaf recipe or that favorite meatloaf recipe of your own. From there, learn how to make meatloaf into a variety of fun shapes. Kids will love eating a dinosaur, clown, or rubber ducky meatloaf. Meat lovers will find a favorite in the meatloaf-zza (a meatloaf-pizza combination). Impress the family with a variety of holiday meatloaf creations such as a Meatloaf O'Lantern, Witch, shamrock, Valentine, or Santa.

It's time for meatloaf to LOOK as good as it TASTES.

Meatloaf Outside the Pan is available at Amazon.com. Find more ideas at: www.outsidethepan.com.

The Basic Meatloaf Recipe
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 pound ground Italian sausage
• 1 raw egg
• 1 cup tomato sauce
• 1 cup dry oatmeal, (or Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, dry stuffing mix, crushed-up crackers, or a combination of these totaling 1 cup)
• 1⁄2 cup diced raw onion
• 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• fresh garlic (to taste)
• salt and pepper (to taste)

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35–60 minutes until the internal temperature is at least 160 degrees. The length of baking time varies depending on the thickness of the shape you make with the raw-meat mixture. The thinner the shape of the raw-meat mixture, the shorter the baking time.
Meatloaf O'Lantern  - On a rimmed cookie sheet form the meat mixture into a circular shape.  Bake at 350 degrees F until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degree F.  Remove from oven and transfer to a serving platter.   Cover with mixed baked acorn squash.  Use slices of eggplant for eyes, nose and mouth. Top with a piece of polish sausage for the stem.

Meatloaf Witch  - On a rimmed cookie sheet form the meat mixture into the shape of a head wearing a pointed, wide brimmed witches hat on top   Carefully slice and arrange pieces of eggplant to form the hat. Put the end piece of pre-cooked polish sausage on as the witch's nose.  Bake at 350 degrees F until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degree F.  Remove from oven and transfer to a serving platter.  Use black olives and two pieces of polish sausage for eyes. Use black olives or eggplant for lips.  Use steamed cabbage or sauerkraut (with diced, sautéed red onions, optional) for the hair. 


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