Nobody loves food more than me. Except maybe the city of New Orleans. Laissez les bons temps rouler. Friends, let the good times roll on.
I do love me some Cajun. Petite bit of French, little bit of Spanish and a fair helping from Africa and Native American. Today I'm doing Meat-loaf. Yeah ok I said it, Meat-loaf.
The Cajun. Once of Acadia, now of the swamps of Louisiana. French speaking people of the backwaters. This is what a cooking poor but eating rich people can do. Je t'aime.
Chef Nick's Cajun style Meat-loaf. Roasted Fall vegetables besides with Red Gravy.
Some ground beef, 'bout 3 pounds
The holy trinity. One part green bell pepper, one part celery, two parts onion, picture below
one clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup blackening powder*
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Fresh cracked black pepper
3-4 slices bacon
1-2 TB flour
1 dried Bay-Leaf
1 cup brewed coffee
1 can 16z tomato puree
1 TB blackening powder*
Roasted Fall Vegetables
some large chopped root vegetables to include
and whatever, parsnip, carrot, I'm a root-vegetable chop me up and add me
today I got some Brussels's Sprouts, trim and split
Onion, peel and slice large
I got me some peeled Garlic cloves
some bacon slices, chopped
tossed with any oil and add
fresh Thyme, Rosemary, salt and pepper
Place in large roasting pan
SOME WORDS ABOUT CAJUN BLACKENING POWDER.
I make my own so you can too.
Combine with Salt and Black Pepper
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Here we go wit' some Meat-Loaf
Take your Holy Trinity and sweat in a large pan, add salt and pepper
Add egg , bread-crumbs and Blackening-Powder.
|Don't forget salt|
Mix that all together by hand. The warmth of your hands will activate the proteins and give your product some body. Shape into a loaf on a large open pan.
|I said Meat-loaf didn't I|
Place your pan of vegetables and your loaf in an oven set at 400 degrees. Leave it for now. Gonna take at least an hour.
Let's move on to Red Gravy. This is basically a Roux finished with Black Coffee and Tomato Puree. Easy.
In a wide pan, render your bacon until brown, all fat pooled in the pan.