To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, this moonfish meatloaf is moon-themed, with Moon Pies, Moon Cheese, and even moonshine in it, along with some foods the astronauts had in space!
Why didn't I think of including moon cakes!? I mean, sure, this meatloaf had a lot of ingredients in it to the point it was almost overflowing the bowl but still. Ok, so I got that off my chest, now on to the rest of this post.
Anniversaries as significant as man landing on the moon are once in a lifetime. So that idea of making a shark meatloaf in honor of the upcoming Shark Week? That's gonna have to wait another year.
Meatloaves made from fish, with the exception of canned tuna and salmon, need a lot of fillers and binders to hold it together. This moonfish meatloaf was no exception. They're basically fillets you have to crumble up into a ground meat-consistency. Of course, you could put them in a food processor but then they might end up looking like cat food.
Note that the ingredients that don't start with the word "moon" in this recipe(besides the onion powder and eggs) are not the only things the astronauts on Apollo 11 had to eat while in space. There was a huge menu they had and I obviously couldn't include them all in one meatloaf. I just included the ones I already had on hand or could easily procure. Though butterscotch pudding or grape punch would've made the recipe even more interesting than it already is...
So what does moonfish taste like, anyway? Two words: buttery whitefish. It's actually become one of my favorite types of fish to eat since it's so soft. But alas, if you want to find them for sale offline, you're going to have to go to Hawaii or Fiji, which is where they're usually found.
This strange arrangement of ingredients harmonized quite well and one wouldn't think that when associating chocolate with fish. I remember having some dark chocolate with anchovies as part of a dare at my day job and let me tell you, that was disgusting! I don't think of many types of food pairings as gross, but this pair definitely was. Dark chocolate isn't very sweet to begin with, so perhaps milk chocolate or even white chocolate would've better counteracted the anchovies' innate saltiness.
My dad didn't try this meatloaf because it had chocolate and moonshine in it.
Moonshine Jelly: www.amazon.com/Temperance-Tavern-Country-Foods-Moonshine/dp/B074PKF51R/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=moonshine+jelly&qid=1564254009&rnid=2941120011&
Variety Mini Moon Pies: www.amazon.com/Moon-Pie-Minis-Chocolate-Strawberry/dp/B00ZKEZQAU/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=mini+moon+pies&qid=1564254199&
You will need:
Pinch of onion powder
2 beaten and whisked eggs
1/4 cup orange juice(food on Apollo 11)
1/4 cup moonshine jelly(see HELPFUL LINKS)
1 packet hot cocoa(food on Apollo 11, though not of the Oreo variety I had)
Pinch of bacon salt(they had bacon on Apollo 11)
5 mini Moon Pies(see HELPFUL LINKS)
4 oz. Moon Cheese
2 sugar cookies(food on Apollo 11, thought not the frosted kind I had)
1 pound moonfish(see HELPFUL LINKS)
1 cup Frosted Flakes cereal(food on Apollo 11)
1. Put the first 7 ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Crumble up the Moon Pies, Moon Cheese, sugar cookies, and Frosted Flakes before putting them all in the large bowl.
3. Cut the moonfish up into the smallest pieces you can.
4. Then with your hands, crumble the moonfish up into a ground meat consistency. Put the crumbled fish in the large bowl.
5. Mix all of the ingredients in the large bowl up until you get a firm mixture.
6. Spray a lasagna pan with nonsitck cooking spray.
7. Form 2 loaves.
8. Bake the meatloaves in a 350℉ oven for 20-30 minutes.
We turned a well-known dish from the Middle East, kibbeh, and turned it into a meatloaf, except we used some Zwan Chicken Luncheon Meat, a brand of halal luncheon meat commonly eaten in many African and Caribbean nations.
I first found Zwan Luncheon Meat at my local supermarket when they started selling more international foods and it looked interesting, considering I never knew Muslims had their own halal version of spam. If luncheon meats weren't so salty, I really do believe more people would use them as the meat in meatloaf.
A Dutch company actually makes this product, though I don't remember if the can said "Product of Lebanon", but anyhow, I discovered a really common dish of said country, kibbeh, which is commonly made with bulgur and beef, goat, lamb, or camel meat(i've never tried camel meat before though it would be interesting to make some chocolate or caramel using camel hump fat and camel milk powder...).
Speaking of bulgur, it's quite the interesting grain. To make 2 servings, you only need 1/2 a cup of bulgur and 1 cup water. The bulgur practically doubles in size when it's cooking, so when measured, it's really 1 cup cooked bulgur! But I put in some breadcrumbs just to make sure the mixture would hold together.
You're probably wondering about what Zwan chicken luncheon meat is like. Well, for starters, the can is so easy to open. In the past, I've had problems opening up canned corned beef, which usually comes with a key and if you don't open the can correctly, the meat is stuck in the can. There's no key needed to open up a can of Zwan luncheon meat!
As for the meat itself, it's very thick. I'd say it's even thicker than spam. When it comes to taste, it tastes like as if you put a bunch of frankfurters in a food processor and turned them into a really thick puree! Trust me, it tastes better than its description.
The bulgur on the outside makes the meatloaf crispy, which contrasts well with the softness of the luncheon meat inside the loaf. Speaking of contrasts, I initially thought this meatloaf would go well with honey but once I realized the meatloaf tasted like frankfurters, I tried dipping it in ketchup instead. That's a much better pairing. I mean, nobody ever puts honey on top of a hot dog! That sounds kinda gross actually, and that says a lot coming from a guy who likes eating weird shit(not literal shit, although there is a fancy type of coffee made from some animal's actual 💩).
My dad didn't try this meatloaf simply because he ate a heavy dinner beforehand. I swear, he's coming up with better and better excuses to not try my food.
Pine Nut Butter: www.amazon.com/Dastony-Wild-Pine-Nut-Butter/dp/B07BKS15LN/
Aleppo Chili Pepper: www.amazon.com/Aleppo-Turkish-Pepper-Zamouri-Spices/dp/B00562WN1Q/
Zwan Chicken Luncheon Meatloaf: www.amazon.com/Zwan-Luncheon-Halal-Chicken-Ounce/dp/B00AR170NC/
Pinch of onion powder
2 beaten and whisked eggs
1/2 cup pine nut butter(see HELPFUL LINKS)
Pinch of Aleppo Chili Pepper(see HELPFUL LINKS)
Pinch of cardamom(or cinnamon + nutmeg)
Pinch of allspice
Pinch of black pepper
1/2 cup cooked bulgur wheat
2 tsp. plain breadcrumbs
12 oz. Zwan Chicken Luncheon Meat(see HELPFUL LINKS)
Serve with either ketchup or honey
1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Crumble up the luncheon meat into a ground meat consistency.
2. Mix all the ingredients up until you get a firm mixture.
3. Spray a lasagna pan with nonstick cooking spray.
4. Form 2 loaves from the mixture.
5. Bake the meatloaves in a 350℉ oven for an hour. It's normal for the inside of the meatloaves to be pink, but it's nothing to worry about since the meat is already cooked when it's sold in the can.
6. Serve with either ketchup or honey on the side to counteract to saltiness of the luncheon meat.