Pretzels on their own taste bland unless they're seasoned, so this meatloaf was kind of dry and bland. But if you dip pieces of the meatloaf in beer cheese sauce(mustard will work too) or maple syrup, well then the dish is elevated to a whole new level!
I'm not a pretzel fanatic myself but when ever I happen to see a flavored beer at the supermarket that I just have to buy, one of the things I want to make is a meatloaf that has the same flavor as the beer itself, whether it be s'mores, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate caramel coconut(the Samoas Girl Scout cookie flavor), or pretzel.
When I dipped the meatloaf into some maple syrup, it brought back memories of my mom's matzo brei that she made every passover, surprisingly.
I didn't use traditional hard pretzels as the binder for the meatloaf because they don't crush very well without a food processor. But pretzel crisps, which are really thin pretzels, do!
Because of the presence of beer in the meatloaf, my dad didn't partake in it.
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
A lasagna pan
Nonstick cooking spray
For the meatloaf:
2/3 tbsp. onion powder
2 beaten and whisked eggs
1/2 cup pretzel beer
1 soft pretzel, broken apart into small pieces
2 oz. broken apart pretzel sticks
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1 cup's worth of crushed pretzel crisps
1 pound chopped, drained, firm tofu
Serve with beer cheese sauce and/or maple syrup
1. Put all meatloaf ingredients into a large bowl. Mix all the ingredients up until you get a firm meatloaf mixture.
2. Spray a lasagna pan w/ nonstick cooking spray. Form 2 loaves from the meatloaf mixture.
3. Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 40-45 minutes. Dip it in beer cheese sauce and/or maple syrup to make it more flavorful.
4. Bon appetit!