Whiskey Spiked Meatloaf and Veggie Loaf w/Whiskey Gravy

The Boozy Homemakers booze up an American classic.

Meat Loaf:IMG_3942copy

1.5 lbs ground beef

2 eggs, beaten

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 small onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 large *on-the-vine tomatoes (or 4 oz stewed tomatoes, puree)

3-4 tbsp ketchup

½ cup ‘oven toasted’, old fashion oats

½ cup cracker crumbs (mixed grain)

4 dashes Worcestershire, Braggs, or Maggi Seasoning

2 generous pinches herbs de provence (or thyme/marjoram/rosemary combo)

salt & pepper

2 tbsp ketchup

4 strips bacon

douse in whiskey

cooking time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

oven temperature: 350 degrees

makes: 1 large loaf or 2 regular loaf pans

–       Mix everything together in a large bowl, except for the bacon and whiskey, save some ketchup for topping as well.

–       Place contents of bowl in loaf pan(s) of choice (we used a large Le Creuset casserole dish for our loaf which was 2 lbs ground beef).

–       Douse top of loaf(s) with whiskey (3/8 cup).

–       Spread top with a layer of ketchup.

–       Lay strips of bacon lengthwise over loaf.

–       Place in 350 degree oven for 1 hour, 25 minutes

*there is a lot of stuff in here

Vegetarian Loaf:

2 cups lentils, cooked

½ cup grain (mix or bulgar), cooked

Faux ‘ground beef’ (vegetable protein)

1 pack crimini or button mushrooms

½ red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

2-3 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 cup kale, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups vegetable stock

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup oats*

1/4 cup bread crumbs*

1/4 cup crumbled crackers* (*you can use just one of these)

3 eggs, beaten

1 tbsp Braggs Liquid Amino Acid


garlic powder



salt & pepper

ketchup for topping

3/8 cup whiskey

cooking time: 50 minutes baking + 15 minutes stovetop

oven temperature: 350 degrees

makes: 3 regular loaf pans

–       Starting with the vegetable stock in a large saucepan, mix everything together. Chop everything as little as possible for loaf to meld together well. Cook 15 minutes.

–       Place contents of bowl in loaf pans of choice (3).

–       Spread tops with a layer of ketchup.

–       Place in 350 degree oven for 50 minutes

Whiskey Gravy

vegetables (celery, carrots, mushrooms, onion, tomato)- cook down slowly in butter on low, add veggie stock, add whiskey, + flour for consistency, salt & pepper.

IMG_3958 copyThank you to the lovely Miss D!


Frangelico Hazelnut Chicken w/Chèvre









Frangelico Hazelnut Chicken w/Chèvre

(serve with Frangelico Mushrooms , Roasted Asparagus and Egg Noodles)

6 Chicken breasts, or fake chicken

1 cup breadcrumbs

½ cup parmesan, grated

1 egg

½ cup onion

3 strips bacon

1 cup toasted hazelnuts, (pieces)

1 package chèvre/goat cheese

lemon juice

2 slabs butter


For Jus:

4 gloves garlic, minced

2 cups chicken stock

½ cup Franjelico



handful, ¼ cup fresh parsley

– crush the hazelnuts, toast the breadcrumbs, fry the bacon and then chop it, saute the onions, then combine everything for chicken stuffing in a bowl and mix.

– make the Franjelico Jus separately, then pour in with stuffing and mix. (set some Jus aside to go over noodles)

– fold the chicken breasts with the stuffing inside (or stuff the dressing under the skin of each chicken breast, if skin on) and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes till done.

– roast the asparagus with olive oil, slabs butter, salt & pepper (and lemon if desired).

Franjelico Mushrooms:

2 packages baby bella mushrooms

3 leeks, or half bunch green onion, sliced

olive oil


1 tbsp Franjelico

1 tsp maple syrup

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp fresh parsley


– saute the mushrooms in olive oil with some butter, green onion or leek, garlic, Franjelico, parsley, salt and pepper, and a touch of maple syrup. Cook until liquid integrates.

Dessert: Frangelico Affogato

A scoop of vanilla ice cream (Haagen Dazs) with a shot of hot espresso poured over it and a tablespoon of Frangelico.