Last night we went to a friend’s surprise birthday party in Wicker Park. This meant waiting for the Damen Bus for a bit in the snow. Justin was a good gift carrying husband. This is the vegetarian photo for the day.
If you like meat, feast your eyes on the Damen #50 Meatcake:
This is really just a meatloaf, but it was for a birthday party and served at the cake. So meatcake seems right. It looks and sounds kind of gross, but it is very good. People took seconds.
I combined two recipes to make it. Emeril’s cocktail meatballs and a basic meatloaf recipe had a delicious meat baby. Here it goes:
- 3 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup crushed buttery round crackers (Ritz)
- 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- 6 tablespoons milk
- 6 teaspoons Creole mustard
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Emeril’s Essence, (recipe follows)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup grated yellow onions
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
Essence (Emeril’s Creole Seasoning) *note* this makes a good amount of the seasoning to save for other recipes…you only need to use 1 1/2 teaspoons of it for this meatloaf.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Saute the yellow onions in the olive oil until translucent.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients–including the sauteed onions–for the meatloaf. Mix well with your hands. Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish.
Make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a medium bowl, whisking to dissolve the sugar and combine. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Spread the sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
Cover the baking dish, walk to the bus stop. Wait. Ride Damen #50 bus for awhile in a snowstorm. This will mix the flavors nicely. Do not remove the meatcake from the seat next to you so others can sit down.
When you arrive at your destination, bake until the meat is cooked through, or about 40 minutes. While baking, talk about the meat as if it is a cake. Frighten the guests by the idea of a meatcake. Talk about the scene in Titus where they serve a similar dish. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Get seconds.