I think the rest of the customers in Starbucks thought I was bit weird, as I enjoyed my chocolate chai tea latte and leafed through the book, because I was laughing out loud at the names of some of the recipes. 'JFC' instead of 'KFC'. 'Zombie Brain'. 'Pukka Yellow Curry'. Seriously? I thought we didn't use that word anymore! And the book has been Americanized, as they usually are over here, but then you come across a word like "wodge" that just sticks out like a sore thumb. Oh, how easily I amuse. Jamie just makes me happy. I am going to have so much fun with this book.
367. Snake In The Hole (Save With Jamie, page 146)
We decided to make two, one for me and the fussy kid (who hates the name of this but might actually like the dish), and one for my friend to take home to her hubby. We also had a little helper from next door, who was quite excited about the whole thing. We made good use of the food processor, whizzing up bread crumbs with rosemary from the garden, then grating sweet potato, and finely slicing red onions.
I preheated the oven to 400 F and we got to work, mixing up ground beef with breadcrumbs, grainy mustard, and sweet potato. We seasoned it with salt and pepper, and shaped each loaf into some sort of a
Next up, the onion gravy. We cooked the onions down in a covered pan for about 15 minutes with a lug of olive oil, then added flour, water and bouillon cubes. After we took it off the heat, we added a splash of balsamic vinegar, and seasoned with salt and pepper. We used chicken bouillon so our gravy wasn't as dark as it should have been using beef, but oh well. It was still delicious!
Here's the first 'snake in the hole', which puffed up nice and brown!
And here's the second one. Not quite as impressive, but still interesting.
They tasted really good. There's a lot of sweet potato mixed in there, as you can see! Jamie says it helps to keep the meatloaf moist. I say it's a good way to sneak some veggies in. Of course, the Yorkshire pudding fell when it hit the cold air, like it is prone to do. I wished there were more of it, to be honest. Next time, I might even double the batter.
Although this isn't my typical meal (too much meat, not enough veg) I really enjoyed it, and the recipe makes A LOT of onion gravy. I took full advantage of that! If I have left over gravy, I think it should freeze well in little containers. You never know when you might need a bit of gravy! My two guests raved about this meal, although they weren't as big of fans of the gravy as I was. Everyone (including myself) went back for seconds. That's a rare occurrence. There is still quite a bit left over to try on the kid. I think, if I call the sweet potato 'carrot', he might eat it. ;)