Favorite Comfort Food Recipes

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    I made Alton Brown's Meatloaf because my husband saw it on Good Eats and said it looked good.

    So I followed the recipe to the letter except for the temp probe because I didn't want to bother with it.

    The texture was excellent, firm but moist, but everyone complained that there was overwhelming plasticky taste. They've complained like that when I used thyme and I was wondering if other people experienced it. Here's the 5 star recipe reviewed by 239 users.

    Good Eats Meatloaf by Alton Brown
    6 ounces garlic-flavored croutons
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 onion, roughly chopped
    1 carrot, peeled and broken
    3 whole cloves garlic
    1/2 red bell pepper
    18 ounces ground chuck
    18 ounces ground sirloin
    1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 egg
    For the glaze:
    1/2 cup catsup
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    Dash Worcestershire sauce
    Dash hot pepper sauce
    1 tablespoon honey
    Directions
    Heat oven to 325 degrees F.

    In a food processor bowl, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme. Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture. Place this mixture into a large bowl. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper in the food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground sirloin, and ground chuck with the bread crumb mixture. Season the meat mixture with the kosher salt. Add the egg and combine thoroughly, but avoid squeezing the meat.

    Pack this mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray. Insert a temperature probe at a 45 degree angle into the top of the meatloaf. Avoid touching the bottom of the tray with the probe. Set the probe for 155 degrees.

    Combine the catsup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and honey. Brush the glaze onto the meatloaf after it has been cooking for about 10 minutes.
     
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    Favorite comfort food? Pizza

    Recipe? Drive to pizza place and order a big one. :tongue:
     
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    Thanks----one venison version coming right up !
    ( you didn't leave a plastic fork in it before baking did you ? )
     
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    The glaze was very good. You might like it. It wasn't that sweet. I think I'll try take out the thyme and just substitute it with oregano.

    Martha Stewart's meatloaf looks good too. I like parsley and celery. Perhaps I'll add those 2 ingredients for more flavor and brightness.

    the rosemary sprigs aren't a bad touch either. the glaze is just too damn sweet. yours sounds way better.

    i made lasagna tonight, speaking of comfort food. it'll be better tomorrow. ;)
     
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    mmm. Pizza is definitely comfort food.

    Um, the recipe???

    But seriously, none of my homemade pizzas can hold a candle to Mario's Pizza.
     
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    I like thyme, but a little goes a long way. Did you chop it finely?
     
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    LOL! No, I didn't accidentally throw in a plastic fork!

    Now, where am I going to get venison in the middle of Brooklyn??? :doubt:
     
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    grand central concourse. drive fast.
     
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    oh hell--you aint getting any of it ! :lol:
    ( unless it's still deer season up there )

    I'll let ya know how mine is.
     

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