COOKING AT HOME: First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage Meatloaf (video)
As part of our affiliation with the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society, we were offered a chance to sample some chicken sausage from First Fresh Foods. The challenge was to create a recipe using the First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage and, of course, we’re among foodies so need I say more!?!
Melanie and I discussed it and we came up with the idea of adding the chicken sausage into Melanie’s meatloaf. We both liked the idea because we didn’t feel we were going too far off the reservation and that the dish was going to be improved upon. We had no idea though what we were getting into.
Links of sausage are meat formed into a casing that holds it all together. The casing is edible of course, but I like to remove the meat from the casing when cooking sausage this way. You might think it’s difficult to clean out the sausage from the casing, but its really not and I was done in minutes.
I mixed two pounds of lean ground beef in a mixing bowl with two packs of First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage, Mild Italian blend. Melanie thinks I’m nuts to mix the meat with my hands, she wants to use utensils. I think it’s a great stress reliever. Add half a diced bell pepper, half a Vidalia or sweet yellow onion, and some grated cheese and then mix it some more.
Once you’ve got it mixed; add salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning to taste. Melanie prefers not to use a traditional ketchup-based sauce and she used a Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce along with a Teriyaki marinade. I mixed it all together and then flatten it in a pan.
Bake at 400° for 30-45 minutes then cover with grated sharp cheddar cheese and leave it in the oven another five minutes to let the cheese melt. When you pull it out – behold, the goodness! I like to add few jalapeños on mine and if it were just me, I would have diced some and put them in with the peppers and onions.
You can go from start to finish in right about an hour, making it a great meal for even a weeknight. The First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage is a welcome addition and provides a very nice flavor compared to a regular meatloaf where you rely more on the sauce to provide flavor. Guten appetit!