I saw the exact moment the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, at 12:47 am EST on November 2, 2016(well, technically it was November 3 where I live). That winning moment inspired me to make this meatloaf, especially after I heard the sports commentators mentioning that the Curse of the Billy Goat has been broken. After doing some Internet research, I found other Cubs curses-
This was my first time making a meatloaf using exotic meat(my definition of exotic meat is anything that can't be found in a local supermarket, and thus needs to be bought online). According to my dad though, goat isn't exotic.
The best description of what goat meat tastes like is this: meat with the consistency of ground beef but hints of lamb and chicken.
I also got my inspiration for another ingredient in this meatloaf- the green apple. The late Cubs announcer Harry Caray said in 1991, “Sure as God made green apples, someday, the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series — and maybe sooner than you think.”
In addition, I used the components of a Chicago-style hot dog(mostly). But when I say "mostly", I mean I accidentally used ketchup, which you never put on a Chicago hot dog! I omitted the use of poppy seed filling(Chicago hot dogs are served on a poppy-seed bun) because I tried the poppy seed filling I bought and it tasted horrible(read: like play-doh)! Sadly, I forgot to use celery salt and chili powder as well.
But this meatloaf was the best I could do with what ingredients I didn't forget to buy.
Full disclosure: I live nowhere near Chicago, but I do love a good underdog story. My favorite baseball team is the Yankees.
HELPFUL LINK: Ground Goat Meat
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
Nonstick cooking spray
A loaf pan
A baking sheet or cookie tray
For the meatloaf:
2/3 tbsp. onion powder
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce or 2 beaten and whisked eggs
1/2 cubed green apple
3 dill pickles
3 black garlic cloves
1/4 cup relish
1/4 cup honey mustard
1/4 hot fudge topping, unheated
1/2 cup Butterfinger bites
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup breadcrumbs
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1 lb. ground goat meat(see HELPFUL LINK)
2 beef frankfurters
1. Put all ingredients except for the frankfurters into a large bowl.
2. Mix all the ingredients up to get a firm meatloaf mixture.
3. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
4. Put half of the meatloaf mixture into the loaf pan.
5. Top the meatloaf mixture that's in the loaf pan with the frankfurters. Cover the frankfurters with the remaining meatloaf mixture that's in the large bowl.
6. Bake the meatloaf in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 60-65 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
7. Bon appetit!