Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Sneak Peak (or Trial Without Error)

Since Thursday's menu mainly consists of things I've never made before tonight we had a trial-run of the entree - Meatloaf Cupcakes.

They came out pretty cute, coulda spent a tad more time under the broiler, but I was pretty pleased with the results.

Dave ate two-and-a-half.

The sauce is actually canned pork gravy (OMG!) with 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries, some sage, blueberry honey and two cubes of vegetable stock. Has a nice color, no real blueberry taste, but a nice sweetness to it.

I experimented with a "sausage cup" - pushing sausage meat into the pan first and up the sides of the cupcake form and then filling the rest with the pork meatloaf. I wasn't too keen on that part of it, my first bite contained something a little to hard and crunchy for my taste. I'm very weary of sausage that way, since hearing tales of missing persons and sausage makers that took place in my town. I never buy that brand - ever.

Piping the mashed potatoes on top proved to be the hardest part. My usual Ziplock trick didn't work because the bag bottom was designed differently - an accordion type fold designed to make the bag stand up has made it useless in other ways. So I was forced to make a pastry bag out of parchment - recalling the skills I learned at the bakery and will soon be using again as a culinary student.

I also made a Raspberry Dipping Sauce for the ice cream sandwiches and I cut the potato sticks for the cookies.

More cooking tomorrow! And the Farmers Market!

Bang on, my peeps!



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