Hello one and all, and welcome back to Titus and Lovett’s Cooking Corner, the weekly cooking programmers that special insiders hate to love!
This week, we’ve got a very special recipe for you: Mrs. Lovett’s Mystery Meatloaf! Here are your hosts, Titus Andronicus and Nellie Lovett, to share what they have to say about the dish.
Titus: “I’ve been trying to get Nellie to share her old meatloaf recipe with the world for years now: what’s really exciting about the dish, it’s so versatile: it can be made out of any old bunch of meat you have lying around.”
Lovett: “I’ve been nervous to share this recipe: it’s been a long time since I made meatloaf. I think, though, with help from Titus, and with these delightful guests, I’ll be able to make a dish to remember.”
So, let’s introduce you to this week’s special guests!
Chiron and Demetrius, the Emperor’s Twins
Chiron: “Well, our stepdad got to be on the show last week, and had an amazing experience with great food. So, we decided we’d give it a shot.”
Demetrius: “Titus welcomed us with open arms to the show, although he’s kind of been giving us funny looks since we walked in the door. Anyway, we’re excited to see what he has in store for us.”
Johanna, Judge’s Ward Jonas Fogg, Asylum Owner
Lovett: “Wait, who are you?”
Fogg: “I’m Jonas Fogg.”
Fogg: “I run that spooky mental asylum over the hill.”
Lovett: “Never heard of you. Where’s Johanna?”
Fogg: “Yes, the blonde one! Well, she’s… detained, at the moment. So, I thought maybe I would go in her place. I’m a long time fan of your work.”
Lovett: “Yes, I’m sorry: who are you again?”
Fogg: “Jonas… Fogg?”
Lovett: “What? Nevermind, sit down. Always happy to make new friends.”
Mrs. Lovett’s Mystery Meatloaf
Titus: “Alright, as always, we’re going to start by getting your ingredients together.”
● 1½ lbs. ground meat of choice
● 1 egg
● 1 onion, chopped
● 1 cup milk
● 1 cup dried crumbs
● salt and pepper (to taste)
● 2 tablespoons brown sugar
● 2 tablespoons mustard
● ⅓ cup ketchup
Lovett: “Now once again here we’ve got the classic ingredient that Titus and I just love: ‘meat of choice.’ And in order to prove the versatility of this recipe, we purposefully didn’t come into the show today with any sort of prepared ground beef. Instead, we just wheeled in my old meat grinder from the pie shop and decided to use whatever meat we had lying around. Anything can make a meatloaf. Just make sure for the tougher meats to put it through the grinder enough times: three should do the trick.”
Titus: “Lovett and I made a point of making this episode an exercise in resourcefulness, but there’s still a bit of extra prep you can do to make this dish even greater. Try sauteeing the onions in butter and garlic before continuing with the next steps. Although the meat might be coming from whatever source walks in the door, you don’t have to skimp on the artistry of the dish.”
● Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
● In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs.
● Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5×9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
● In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
● Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour
Lovett: “And it’s as simple as that! For a bit of extra fun, turn it into a meatloaf surprise: as you’re shaping the loaf add some cheese, mushrooms, pickles, olives, or what have you, specially made for your guest.”
Titus: “That’s right, it’s really easy, and simple. But, as we say at the Cooking Corner, it’s not about the what of the food, it’s about the who.”
So let’s cut back to our guests!
Fogg: “Well, this is some of the best meatloaf I’ve ever had! But, um… weren’t there supposed to be two other guests?”
Titus: “Alright, that’s all we have time for today, thank you very much! Once again, resourcefulness, friends, meatloaf, emperor’s stepsons… goodbye, guest!”
Fogg: “Wait, what’s this in the middle of the loaf?”
Lovett: “Who even are you?!”
And that’s it for this week’s episode of Titus and Lovett’s Cooking Corner! Thank you for visiting our program this week. It doesn’t stop here, though: we hope to see you all next week for a special recipe: Titus’ Own Finger Sandwiches!
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