Seriously... I mean... since I've been on and on lately about comfort food... naturally my heart skipped a beat when the latest issue of Fine Cooking graced my mailbox.
I love the section "8 Delicious Ways to Make the Best Meatloaf" with the very special fineCooking feature where you can make your own variation. In fact, last year I wrote about another one for Braised Short Ribs (see my penchant for comfort foods?) that my then three year old came up with. He loves cooking and playing on the computer... so what a great combination. Thanks fineCooking! (The link will take you to an interactive page where you get to choose your own ingredients.)
Before I share my creation, I found this healthier variation for meatloaf cupcakes that Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy blogger shared and fineCooking noted. You have to check it out. The photos are to die for.
Back to the magazine... The 8 options... and each one sounded awesome... Indian Spice Lamb; Sausague, Lemon & Parmesan; Blue Cheese & Bacon; Southwestern Spicy Pork & Bell Peppers; Double Mushroom & Sherry; Stout & Cheddar; Turkey, Bacon & Fennel; and Greek Olive, Red Wine & Feta. All of them are free form, five have tasty glazes and three are wrapped in bacon. It's hard to stop myself from drooling.
Because I can never just leave a good thing (or in this case 8 great things) alone, I came up with my own take on the mushroom one...
I used a combination of fresh cremini and dried wild mushrooms. And because I often find sherry a little too overpowering, I did half sherry and half of the mushroom liquid from reconstituting the mushrooms. Instead of the ketchup glaze, I made my own honey & chipotle puree instead. The spiciness balanced the richness of all those mushrooms.
This seems like a perfect fit for Hearth & Soul, a lovely blog hop, moderated by a great bunch of ladies. Check it out and let me know what your favorite meatloaf is.... or if you're like my daughter and has it at the bottom of her fave things to eat... silly girl!... I bet they'd each make some great burgers.
Obviously I had to share with another great roundup - Magazine Mondays hosted by Ivonne of Cream Puffs In Venice .