I haven’t made meatloaf in twenty years, probably. You have to compromise when you’re in a relationship, and these are the foods that I like but rarely, if ever, cook because my husband doesn’t like them:
His compromise? No Indian food, not ever, not even a walk past an Indian restaurant on the way to somewhere else to have dinner. And green peppers. It seems fair to me — I get to eliminate an entire country’s cuisine (and green peppers) in exchange for giving up some pretty unexciting food.
(However, I have held firm at asparagus. Like a ROCK. I will never give up asparagus nor stop cooking it once a week while it’s in season even if I’m eating all of the leftovers on everyone’s plate each time. Commonsense might suggest that I simply make myself an extra, extra-large helping of asparagus and leave everyone else alone, but I’m convinced they’ll come around one day.)
I make beef stew once in a while when my husband goes out of town in the winter, and he likes this one okay. I really didn’t think too much about the other food I don’t make anymore, until I started flipping through Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs’ The Food52 Cookbook. If you don’t know about the Food52 site, head over there right after you finish reading this post. If I let you leave now, you won’t come back. It’s a community-based food site — home cooks contribute recipes, others try them out and then everyone votes on them in weekly contests. The winning recipes were compiled in this cookbook (actually, the site’s second). It’s social, there’s lots of food porn-y photography and the recipes are excellent. I spend far too much time there.
So, I’m flipping through the cookbook, and I came upon meatloaf with blackberry barbecue sauce. And my mouth began to water. It also made me think — because it’s topped with an unusual, spicy blackberry sauce, the meatloafiness of the meatloaf might be mitigated, and with the word “barbecue” thrown in, possibly the first word, “meatloaf,” would be forgotten about entirely.
More (plus a link to the recipe) after the jump.