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Episode 203 - 50's Redux
50's Dinner
Comfort food
Meat loaf and mac and cheese are truly comfort foods to me. Here are two sure fire ways to give these 50's favourites a 90's flair!

Meat Loaf

Ingredients  (Serves 8)
  • 2 lbs ground round steak, or ground beef
  • 4 tbsp of fresh grated horseradish root (or prepared horseradish)
  • 2 tbsp chopped oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red peppers
  • 1 cup chopped white onions
  • cup chopped celery
  • 1 chorizo sausage
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place all of the vegetables into a large mixing bowl. Add the meat, sausage (out of its casing), horseradish, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly using hands. Add the remaining ingredients and mix using a fork. Mould into two equally sized loaves and place in a shallow baking pan. Pour 1 cup of beef stock over the loaves. Bake for 60 minutes, basting occasionally and perhaps adding more stock as required. Sprinkle chopped oregano over the loaves before serving.

Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients  (Serves 8)
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup of multi-coloured macaroni
  • 1/4 cup of grated mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup of grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 cup of grated smoked Gouda
  • 1/4 cup of grated Swiss cheese (feel free to substitute your favourite cheeses!)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup of homogenized milk
  • tsp. salt
  • tsp. paprika
  • 4 tbsp. chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs dash of crushed white pepper
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cook and drain the pasta. Pour the pasta into a large mixing bowl. Add the cheese and mix these ingredients together. Grease a baking dish with butter and then pour the cheese and pasta mixture into the pan. Beat the eggs, milk, seasoning and parsley together. Pour this mixture over the pasta and then sprinkle the top with the Parmesan, breadcrumbs and pepper. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with Parmesan on the side.