Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Anything's Better with Ketchapeno!

Have you heard of Ketchapeno?    It's an amazing product -- ketchup with jalapenos added -- but not too many so it's not too hot -- it's just right!

I bought my bottle at one of my favorite stores - life+style -- and I couldn't wait to use it.    Think homemade onions rings dipped in it, think homemade French fries dipped in it, think poured liberally on a grilled hamburger or . . . my favorite way to use "ketchup" . . .

A meatloaf isn't very photogenic -- perhaps that's why they are relegated to "diner food"!

To top a meatloaf.  
Slices are more photogenic!   (and tasty!)

And then spread liberally upon the slice on your plate!    Husband Jim who loves both jalapeños and meatloaf with ketchup thought it was the best of both worlds!

But to me the only reason to have meatloaf (photogenic or not) is the next day lunch . . .

A meatloaf sandwich with a top baked on crust of Ketchapeno and then more slathered on top before the last slice of bread goes on.  

It is the best!

For my meatloaf I used my mother's meatloaf recipe -- hamburger, fresh bread crumbs, egg, herbs, onion, formed into a loaf and baked (at 350)  basting with chicken broth an butter so that the loaf is moist.

This night it wasn't so much about the meatloaf as it was about the ketchapeno!

It's almost St. Patrick's Day and I'm sure there were no meat loafs in Ireland (although there may be a mince or two) so while everyone else is posting about delicious Irish food over at Designs by Gollum, I'm submitting my meat loaf . . . or my ketchapeno . . . join Michael and see all the tasty treats for Foodie Friday!


Blondie's Journal said...

I have to be on the lookout for this, Martha! I can see a multitude of uses for it. I am thinking of some Mexican recipes...crushed tortillas in place of bread crumbs, bits of chorizo sausage mixed with the ground beef...voila, A Mexican meatloaf!


Deb said...

That recipe is very similar to my mothers. She would sometimes use crackers instead of bread crumbs. I have never seen that product in stores but I will keep an eye out for it. I'd love it on a veggie burger. Deb

Michelle said...

I need to find some of this!!!

Bookie said...

Never heard of this sauce but sounds really good to me!

Pondside said...

Oh my goodness - I am going to look for this. I've never seen it in Canada but I'm heading for Seattle tomorrow and will make this a MISSION! I know my son would love to have this.

podso said...

I've never heard of this but my husband certainly. Loves meatloaf and catsup together! And I enjoyed your Irish breakfast post!

Veronica said...

Looks Delish! My favorite comfort food is meatloaf and you're right the sandwich the next day is absolutely incredibly more delicious!

From the Kitchen said...

A food marriage made in heaven-ketchup and jalapenos! I haven't seen it around here but will check on line. I've found that many beef dishes don't photograph well. Maybe a tutorial in beef photography 101 is in order.

Have a delicious weekend.


Marilyn Miller said...

I think with sauce like that I might learn to like meatloaf. Sounds good.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I haven't tired Ketchapeno yet but we love Ketchpolte!