Chili Meatloaf

Day 81
Today more fowl play. I was running through the nature preserve and encountered 3 enormous wild turkeys. Usually, when encountering a flock of wild turkeys I will defer and take a circuitous path to avoid angering them. Without delving into details, there has been some past unpleasantness. No dice today. I had a looong run to complete and I wasn’t about to kowtow to the route-altering desires of a handful of Jurassic looking birds. (Dear Microsoft, adjectives are more elastic [with regard to spelling] than you seem to appreciate. For instance, when describing a run exceeding 20 miles in distance, a writer is allowed to toss an extra “o” or even two into the word “long”. K?) Fortunately for me, today’s brazen jaunt through their huddle did not result in any hand-to-hand, or, rather, hand-to-wing combat. In sum- I played chicken with a bunch of turkeys and, this time, they blinked. Embolden by my successful standoff and brimming with confidence after nailing a >20 miler, I planned to pull off an incredible gourmet chili triumph. Uh, that being meat loaf chili. What’s that you say? Chili meat loaf not an “other-worldly” gastronomic coup? Yeah, yeah- guilty as charged. I need some comfort food, and a beer.

Mix in a bowl:

– 2/3 C oyster crackers, broken
– 2/3 C vegetable juice
– 2 eggs
– 2 T chili powder
– 2 T dried onion flakes
– 1 t Northwoods Seasoning (Penzey’s)
– ½ t celery salt
– 1 t cumin
– 1 t garlic powder
– ½ t paprika
– 1 T coarse ground prepared mustard

After the above ingredients are well mixed, add:

– 1 ½ pounds ground beef

Mix well and form into a loaf.
Add loaf to slow cooker and cook on low for 5 ½ hours

Chili Meatloaf

Chili Meatloaf

Tasting notes.

This ended up as a crock pot recipe, as one of the ITP had a violin concert this afternoon. He’s an amazing little violinist. When I write” little”, I mean small in stature, as this incredible, compact musician was difficult to discern across the crowded gymnasium. He really needs to eat even more chili. The chili meatloaf would be a good start. It possessed all the tenants of hearty meatloaf with a pleasing chili (or taco depending on who you ask) flavor. This recipe was well-liked and easy to make. Served with potato, asparagus, a side of ketchup, and a beer, this will be a meal long remembered. This time I am talking turkey.

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