Meatloaf Igloo – A Real Blast from the Past

Wow – summer is nearly over. Labor Day (the “unofficial” end of summer) is but a week away. I pulled out my Labor Day Menu to share, only to realize it’s the same menu for Let’s Pack a Picnic Together. I will admit, it’s my all-time favorite picnic menu, I’m just not willing to post the same recipes under a different title. It’s almost like cheating. So I realized that I needed to create a new menu to celebrate the end of summer and Labor Day. I needed some inspiration – so I went in search of the history of Labor Day – I won’t bore you here with the details except to say most countries have their form of Labor Day – a day to celebrate the accomplishments of the common worker. The holiday goes by different names and is celebrated on different days, but the idea is there. In America, it has been a National Holiday since 1887. Vintage – that became my inspiration.

Next search – vintage recipes from various parts of the world – since Labor Day has been around for a while and is a world-wide celebration in some form or another, it seemed the logical theme. It’s absolutely amazing what you can uncover with searches involving the words “vintage” and “recipes”. I came upon a posting with a title that was intriguing: 21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Recipes – BuzzFeed. Had to check it out. (It’s also interesting to note that my childhood falls under the category of “vintage” – which I find depressing. Then again, when perusing antique fairs, most of my childhood toys are considered antique, which I find fondly amusing. But I digress . . .) Of the 21 vintage “recipes” (most were from copies of pages from cookbooks or manufacture flyers from the 1960s with links to other postings), one seemed interest – in a fun sort of way. I wouldn’t serve it for Labor Day, but it might be fun to do sometime.

The Meatloaf Igloo has an actual recipe. You can check it out here.  But you really don’t need much in the way of a recipe. Make your favorite meatloaf, place it in a large bowl to create the shape. Cook in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for about an hour and a half, then remove from oven. “Frost” rounded meatloaf with mashed potatoes, cut lines to form the ice blocks of the igloo, return to the oven to bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven, top with sliced cheese, return to oven to melt cheese, then serve.  I don’t understand the cheese on top except to add flavor to the instant mashed potatoes used in the recipe. If it were me, I’d use garlic mashed potatoes and skip the cheese. So go ahead – play with your food!

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