Now that Halloween’s over with—except for the mountains of candy collected by my son and his pals that are sitting in neat little piles on the living room carpet—it’s time to turn to healthier, heartier fare, foods that fit the chillier nights and darker days upon us as winter approaches.
At least that’s what all the foodie websites are urging: ’Tis the season for rolling out the comfort foods.
At the top of most people’s list of classic choices in that category is old-fashioned meatloaf. It’s hearty, satisfying, relatively inexpensive and makes great leftovers.
But are you aware of what’s become a hot new trend with meatloaf? As a way to “jazz it up,” as the Mr. Food website styles it, the latest twist is Crispy Fried Meatloaf.
That’s right: Crispy Fried Meatloaf is now joining a long and distinguished list of deep-fried favorites, including Country-Fried (or more properly, “Chicken-Fried”) Steak, Deep-Fried Pork Chops, Deep-Fried Cajun Turkey, along with more exotic entrées such as Crispy Deep-Fried Bacon, Deep-Fried Mini-Reuben Sandwich Bites, Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Skewers and Chicken-Fried Chicken Livers.
As the Mr. Food Test Kitchen blurb phrased it, “Crispy Fried Meatloaf keeps the timeless flavor we all love, but gives meatloaf a golden coating we can really sink our teeth into.”
For those of you playing at home, to make Deep-Fried Meatloaf you prepare a typical meatloaf from your favorite recipe, refrigerate the finished product for several hours, and cut into inch-thick slices. Then prepare a coating from eggs, vegetable oil, flour and Panko bread crumbs, then coat the slices in flour, dip them into the egg mixture and deep-fry ’em until golden brown.
Serve them with salt, pepper and—what else?—ketchup, and maybe a pile of mashed potatoes and you’ve effectively banished whatever winter blues might be looming, at least for one evening meal.
Pizza: The new breakfast
In addition to the Crispy Fried Meatballs, there are three other items on the list that sounded intriguing. The first is a creation called Deep Fried Breakfast Pizza with Sausage, Eggs, Parmesan and Hollandaise Sauce.
Like I said, “interesting.”
The recipes I’ve seen for this item call for pizza dough made from scratch, but who’s got time for that? C’mon. This is breakfast. Better to substitute pre-made pizza dough, which is allowed to rise and formed into a 10-inch diameter circles.