I thought finding ground pork would be hard to be find at my local supermarket and I even had a backup plan in case the store didn’t have ground pork: ground veal. Veal is traditionally used in a veal cutlet, which is actually an Austrian dish, not German. But I found the ground pork.
My actual inspiration for this meatloaf was a burger the Hard Rock Cafe sold in honor of Oktoberfest. Both the burger and my meatloaf were very similar in the following aspects:
It was a pork schnitzel burger and traditionally pork schnitzel is coated in breadcrumbs(I think). I used pork and breadcrumbs in this meatloaf.
Both the burger and my meatloaf used sauerkraut and beer cheese sauce.
But the burger and the meatloaf diverge with regard to 2 ingredients:
The burger used whole grain mustard but I wasn’t willing to pay $4 for a bottle of mustard I was only going to use once. Besides, I had a bottle of plan mustard at home.
The burger used arugula but I wasn’t willing to pay $4 for a bag of arugula I was only going to use once, so I used the spinach I had at home.
This meatloaf is the epitome of un-kosher decadence in that it’s obviously a pork meatloaf(pork is not kosher) and it combines meat and cheese in the same dish. I set my Jewish heritage aside for this recipe. Besides, what can’t be any better than a meatloaf stuffed with fries!?
You will need:
For the cooking vessels:
A loaf pan
Nonstick cooking spray
For the glaze:
1 cup of beer
1 tbsp. of mustard
For the actual meatloaf:
1/2 tbsp. of onion powder
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup of spinach leaves
2-3 tbsp. of sauerkraut
1/4 cup of actual bacon bits
1/2 cup of beer cheese sauce
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1 cup of crushed pretzels
2-3 tbsp. of breadcrumbs
1 pound of ground pork
7 pumpkin beer-battered fries
- Wash your hands! :)
- Put the first 11 meatloaf ingredients into a large bowl.
- Combine the ingredients together so that all the ingredients are distributed evenly among the meatloaf mixture.
- Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray
- Put half of the meatloaf mixture inside the loaf pan to form the bottom layer of the meatloaf.
- Top the bottom layer with the fries.
- Cover the fries with the rest of the meatloaf mixture.
- Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 70-75 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf is 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 60 minutes after first putting the meatloaf in the oven, take it out.
- Mix the glaze ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour the glaze on top of the meatloaf and return the meatloaf to the oven to finish cooking for another 10-15 minutes.
- Bon appetit!