This blog entry probably won’t help me win the interwebs, but it might just help you produce a culinary bundle of joy. You see, while this blog will likely be largely about the restaurants in the Portland area, it is more generally about food and drink (in the Portland area). That means my inspiration can come from anywhere – be it a restaurant, bar, market, or otherwise. And on this day, my inspiration comes from me.
As has already been established, I am a nacho lover. I was also a cook in my college days and learned how to make a superior nacho. And when thinking about the other foods which I create and believe are top of the line, my (apartment-wide) world famous meatloaf came to mind. This isn’t something I take lightly, but I decided that my chicken nachos could potentially give way to meatloaf nachos under the right circumstances. And those circumstances involved the desire to spend time making a loaf of meat in preparation for creating my nachos. And today, I had that desire.
My food tastes aren’t simple. Some might say I have weak taste buds. I like to say that my brain is not satisfied with the mundane. I like lots of flavors in my food. I like my nachos loaded. I like my meatloaf spicy. And I like my oatmeal lumpy.
The spicy meatloaf has been adapted from a meatball recipe which I found in a cookbook. My nachos are essentially the same as I used to make as a cook in Southwest Harbor, Maine. And the combination of the two goes quite well with football and varying quantities of beer, bourbon, or any number of other beverages.
Both parts of this recipe have lots of flavors and really pack a flavor punch that will knock you on your figurative ass. In my opinion, you should probably start making these now. What are you waiting for? Oh the recipe? Well, here it is.
Spicy meatloaf –
Ingredients – 2 lbs lean ground beef (sometimes I use more depending on how much I want to make, but I still keep all the other ingredients pretty much the same), 1 diced onion, 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 1 cup pasta sauce, ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, about a tsp. minced garlic, some ground pepper, and optional salt (I find the recipe salty enough without adding any)
-Drop all ingredients, as though they are hot, into a bowl and mix
-Smash mixture flat into a baking pan of some sort – I usually try to make it about 1 inch in thickness
-Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes
When complete, it is appropriate to eat some as the smell will be enticing. However, save some for the nachos.
Meatloaf nachos –
Ingredients – Blue corn chips, crumbled meatloaf that you created from the recipe above, refried beans, salsa, diced tomatoes, diced onions, sliced black olives, sliced jalapenos, Mexican blend cheese, sour cream
-Layer chips on platter
-Layer, in the quantity of your liking, the next seven ingredients on top of the chips – the refried beans and salsa can be sufficiently distributed in dollops
-Cover with generous amounts of cheese – remember, man cannot survive on cheese-less nachos
-Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 450 degrees or until the cheese is golden brown
-Serve with sour cream and additional salsa on the side – for you terrorists who like guacamole, feel free to have some of that with your nachos too, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about guacamole
You now have what might be the first meatloaf nachos you will ever eat before you. Do not put this aside as though it is just another moment in your otherwise pathetic, nacholess life. This is something that you should cherish – a life altering experience. Now go grab a beer, pour yourself a pile of nachos, and enjoy life the way it was intended – with man food, alcohol, and sporting events. And ladies, feel free to be one of the guys and jump in on this greatness. Bon appetit!
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