My lack of finesse in the kitchen is pretty well documented here on Persephone, with pictures and everything, but I managed to pull off something delicious completely by accident, and I had to share. I made a meatloaf, the most boring dish made out of ground beef in a sea of boring ground beef dishes, and it was spectacular.
It all started because I didn’t have any salt, as I had recently dumped all of it on the porch so I could leave my house without pratfalling my way to a concussion. I already had two pounds of ground beef, the egg and breadcrumbs smooshed together, so I improvised with a spoonful of pickle brine.
Feeling like I had nothing to lose, I tossed in some pulverized rosemary, a little sage, some fresh ground pepper and a little ketchup. I mashed that all up, then wrapped the loaf around a dill pickle and put it in the pan. My mom always put a dill pickle or a hardboiled egg in the middle of her meatloaf. I think that was a seventies thing. The hot pickle was always my favorite part.
I let it bake for about an hour, until it was brown all the way through and my meat thermometer went to the “well done beef” setting. It was perfect. Brown and crispy on top, juicy and delicious inside. The sage and rosemary flavors were subtle, and it was about the juiciest meatloaf I’ve ever eaten.
I had to share, after posting all my kitchen disasters, that every once in a while I can pull off something tasty.
Do you have any accidentally delicious recipes? That you might want to share with your friend Selena?