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Meatloaf Kills

I occasionally get the urge for a plate of really, really good meatloaf. More specifically, I get the craving for a leftover meatloaf sandwich. Is there any finer second day meal on earth than meatloaf? The overnight stay in the fridge lets all the flavors melt together into one tasty, meaty melange.

Here’s the recipe I used (BTW, I have no idea if this is actually Gordon Ramsey’s meatloaf recipe, as I found it not on his official site, but on a Blog called – I kid you not – I Love Meatloaf):

Gordon Ramsey’s Meatloaf

50g butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 celery stalks, finely sliced
1 green pepper, finely chopped
4 spring onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp chilli sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
125ml evaporated milk
125ml tomato ketchup
750g minced beef
250g minced pork or sausage meat
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
250g breadcrumbs
Freshly ground salt and pepper

1 Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the onion, celery, pepper, spring onions, garlic, parsley, chilli sauce, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Cook over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally, for about 6 minutes.

2 Add the evaporated milk and ketchup and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Discard the bay leaves.

3 Preheat the oven to 180C (About 360 F)

4 Place the beef and pork in a large bowl, add the eggs, breadcrumbs and vegetable mixture, and season. Place the mixture in an ungreased roasting dish and bake for 25 minutes. Raise the temperature to 200C/400 F and bake for a further 35-40 minutes.

5 Serve from the roasting dish.

Absolutely delish, if I do say so myself.

Unfortunately, I then had to take the bowl I’d mixed the meatloaf up in and figure out how to dispose of it. It’s stainless steel, so I wasn’t sure if it could go in the recycling bin, and even if it could, was it fair to expose all those hardworking sanitation workers to the possible risk of contamination from a bowl that had contained raw meat? I think not.

I finally hauled it to a friend’s smelter, where we melted it down. I then came home and cleaned all of my counter surfaces with a blowtorch.

What? Overkill? Not according to some veterinarians, who say that one of the risks of feeding your pets raw is that you can never really get the dishes clean that you use to prepare raw meat.

Better safe than sorry, I always say. Next time I make meatloaf, I’ll probably just burn the kitchen down afterwards – because you just never know with raw meat.

9 replies
  1. Lora
    Lora says:

    I would never feed raw meat to my dogs. It’s not sanitary and raw meat has germs and diseases in it. It makes sense to me that you cant clean it out of food bowls so why would you risk it?

    • frogdogz
      frogdogz says:

      I would never feed raw meat to my dogs. It’s not sanitary

      Oh sure, that makes perfect sense. From now on, in fact, I think I’ll buy all MY meat pre cooked.

      I’m sure those supermarket chickens that sit under the lights all day are perfectly safe.

      • Susan
        Susan says:

        Let’s start a program to teach wild animals how to cook. I understand they not only eat raw meat they kill, some of them eat meat they find that’s already dead!

  2. maggie
    maggie says:

    You know.. you should totally name one of the puppies Meatloaf. Maybe do a retro-rock themed naming group?

  3. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    My dogs eat raw frozen food they are thriving. I will never ever go back to kibble. So I have to clean dishes more — it’s worth it.

  4. Mark
    Mark says:

    Are you serious about melting down your stainless steel bowl? I pre-wash all of my pots, pans, lids, bowls, glasses, dinnerware, utensils, etc., in water with dish detergent and chlorox. Then rinse them in the dishwasher. Heating items to 165 degrees for 10 minutes will kill 99.9% of all bacteria. Next time, make your meatloaf on disposable paper or foil container. Wash your counters down with chlorox.

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