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NFL Week 11 Menu: Turkey Meatloaf, Tomato Gravy & Turnip Greens

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It’s officially gotten cold here. We’ve got lows this upcoming week predicted to be in the 20’s. For some reason, that means it’s a perfect time for meatloaf.

The meatloaf recipe is another Food Network find, again Ina Garten (or as my friend John put it, Ina Garten Davida).

In a medium saucepan, heat a tablespoon of good olive oil over medium-low heat. Add a big chopped onion, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves. Cook about 15 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not browned. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.


Heat oven to 325. Combine 2 1/2 pounds of ground turkey, 3/4 cup of plain bread crumbs, 2 beaten eggs and the tomato mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf on an ungreased pan or baking dish. Spread 3/4 cup of ketchup evenly over the whole thing and put it in the oven for 1 1/2 hours, until internal temperature reaches 160.


For the greens…now I’m no Southerner. But I’ve learned to appreciate greens. For some reason I never really like them at ‘authentic’ Southern places, but I do love the turnip greens they have at a taco place here called Taquerie Del Sol. It’s nothing like Mexican. Their most popular taco (I’m guessing) is called the Memphis with beef brisket and cole slaw. But they serve awesome greens and published the recipe in the local paper. I made sure to write it down.


Take 1 pound of cleaned & trimmed turnip greens and cover with 1 inch of water in a large pot. Bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer for 45 minutes. Remove greens and drain well. Add 3 tablespoons of butter into the empty pan and melt it over heat. Add 1 chopped onion, 3 chopped garlic cloves and 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper.


Cook until onions are soft. Add 1 can of petite chopped tomatoes (drained). Cook for 5 minutes.


Add 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Now the recipe says to simmer for 15 minutes and then salt to taste. I say simmer to your heart’s content. The greens are so much better when they simmer until they lose their structural integrity, which doesn’t happen in 15 minutes. Make sure the heat is nice and low though, it needs to be a mellow simmer to come out right.


I don’t know hooey about gravy. But I make some every now and then and it always just comes down to starting with a couple tablespoons of butter with a tablespoon or two of flour to make a roux. Cook that for a minute or two and then add whatever.


Chicken stock. Beef stock. Veggie Stock. Stock and beer (surprisingly good, but your choice of beer is key). Drippings, stock and wine. Whatever. I’m going to make it with a can of stewed tomatoes and some chicken stock. Just simmer it for awhile, that’s key. I started simmering when I put the meat loaf in so it’s going to simmer for at least 90 minutes.

So that’s the plan for food. As far as football goes…the Giants absolutely stomped the Ravens. As they’ve named their three running back attack: Earth, Wind & Fire. I don’t know who is who but my guess is Brandon Jacobs is Earth.

As far as fantasy goes, I’ve got a 20 point lead with 1 player left. The other guy has Jamal Lewis tonight. Statistics would point to a win but Jamal Lewis always explodes for one ridiculous game and this could be it. We’ll see…

Written by the bee dub

November 17, 2008 at 12:03 pm

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  1. Your lead photo looks suspiciously like the Beef Stew from last week.

    Earth, Wind & Fire?? Oof. Henry Waxman needs to put together a congressional committee to investigate the lame sports nicknames that have been cropping up in the last decade. Between “The Three Amigos” “A-Rod” “Mamba” “The Chosen One” “T.O.” and others, it’s been a pretty depressing run.


    November 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm

  2. Whoa. I don’t know how that happened. If you hadn’t pointed out that the photo was of the stew I may have never noticed. Thanks for looking.

    We’re in a seriously depressing times when it comes to sports nicknames. When someone from the XFL’s ‘He Hate Me’ is the best to come along in the last 5 to 10 years, that really says something.


    November 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm

  3. Now that I’ve looked it over, that whole post was a total mess, or as one of my ex-coworkers would have called it, an unmitigated disaster. Incorrect photos, typos, weird formatting.

    To the .613 people who actually read this blog, I apologize…


    November 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm

  4. Welcome to the world of blogging…


    November 17, 2008 at 9:56 pm

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