‘Merica. It had to be our last stop in this series Around the World.
Most iconic American foods have their roots somewhere other than here, as this is after all, a cultural melting pot. Meatloaf is one such food. Meatloaf has its roots in Europe, but became something entirely new during the Depression and WWII when home-cooks everywhere had to stretch their resources.
Meatloaf was first created during the late 19th century, when meat grinders became popular. The 1884 Boston Cooking School Cookbook includes recipes for ground veal mixed with breadcrumbs and eggs, baked in small individual molds. The word “meatloaf” appeared regularly in the New York Times during the 1930s and 1940s, when it was critical for American families to stretch food dollars as much as possible…meatloaf has its origins in scrapple, a mixture of ground pork and cornmeal served by German-Americans in Pennsylvania since Colonial times. (read more)
Some meatloaf is just downright scary. Unrecognizable chunks of vegetables and sometimes even dried fruit or diced hard-boiled eggs have been known to lurk in the mixture. The mere thought invokes my gag-reflex.
While recipes may abound for common American foods like meatloaf, the rarity is finding a truly good recipe.
When it comes to meatloaf, Ina Garten knows what she is talking about. Hers is the best I’ve ever had.
This makes quite a bit, so I cut the recipe down for my family. Serve this with a super simple side dish of sugar snap peas (one of my favorite vegetables) and some mashed potatoes or baked sweet potatoes.
You know I couldn’t leave you without dessert. These M&M cookies are about as American as it comes:
The texture of these cookies is unreal. Super crispy exterior, soft chewy interior. The secret ingredient in these takes the flavor to a whole new level and you don’t have to be a kid to find these irresistible.
That concludes our trip around the world!
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