Restaurant offers meatloaf cupcakes for tailgaters

September 20, 2010 9:38:59 AM PDT
Football season is back and that means tailgaters are firing up their grills. Anyone can make burgers, but why not serve the fans meatloaf cupcakes? You can make your or mom's favorite recipe on the grill, in a loaf pan or a cupcake pan, says Cynthia Kallile of The Meatloaf Bakery in Chicago. The one-of-a-kind store in Lincoln Park features a tasty twist on everyone's favorite comfort food. Menu items include ready-to-go meatloaf cupcakes, full-size meatloaves, bite-size "Loafies" as well as sides and desserts. She says meatloaf recipes can be easily adapted for the grill. Making them cupcake size will score big with tailgaters, she adds.

You can fire up the grill and try the recipes that Cynthia is sharing, "The Father Loaf" with Herb Roasted Veggies. Here's how:

  • Prepare the gas or charcoal grill to cook with indirect heat.
  • Place meatloaf cupcakes or family-size loaf on lightly greased (thin layer of canola or olive oil) aluminum foil or disposable foil baking pans.
  • Tent gently with foil, leaving the ends open.
  • If using a gas grill, the temperature should be 350 - 375° F. Close the lid and relax. Within minutes the wonderful aromas of favorites like El Loafo Del Fuego will emerge. Grilling to perfection takes 30 - 35 minutes when cupcakes reach an internal temperature of 165° F.
  • At The Meatloaf Bakery Cynthia has put a new culinary spin on the old stand-by, combining it with the presentation of a modern bakery. While she spent 30 years in the corporate world, Cynthia always was interested in cooking. When cooking for her friends and family, she discovered her meatloaf was always a crowd pleaser. That became the inspiration for her business.

    The Meatloaf Bakery features eight varieties of meatloaf daily with a special added weekly. The traditional favorite is called The Mother Loaf; she also makes the vegetarian/gluten-free Yentl Lentl, Loaf-ARoma, and non-dairy Chicken Shish-Kaloaf. Each meatloaf creation is topped with a complementary side of potatoes, pasta and marinara, or sautéed bell peppers, and comes with a house-made sauce.

    Open nearly two years, The Meatloaf Baker was named nominated Best Specialty Shop in TimeOut Chicago's 2010 EatOut Awards and also ranked in the magazine's 100 Best Things We Ate This Year, for the recipe, A Wing and a Prayer, a buffalo-wing inspired dish.

    Try Cynthia's meatloaf cupcakes at The Meatloaf Bakery, 2464 N. Clark St., Chicago. Call (773)-698-6667 or visit www.themeatloafbakery.com .

    Recipes

    Herb-roasted veggies

    "The Father Loaf"


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