A few months back, I bought a can of sliced conch from a gourmet supermarket where I live. I initially thought that conch was edible shells. Maybe I was thinking of the Magic Conch on SpongeBob SquarePants where the conch hates Squidward but loves Patrick and SpongeBob.
It turns out conch is actually sea snails. They are used in both Italian and Caribbean cuisines. I consider conch to be an "undesirable meat" because it's a type of snail and nobody eats snails unless they're eating escargot. I have had conch before, at an Italian restaurant and it was delicious. Yet the conch there wasn't fried.
From my past experiences with trying new things, I'm getting the feeling any meat that comes in a can doesn't smell good, like the can of sliced conch.
Even though I speak positively about this recipe in the video, I threw out the leftover conch meatloaf the next day because I finally realized conch is gross. But not as gross as chicken liver. Maybe I should've fried them instead. :(
This recipe is a take on a Caribbean dish called "conch fritters", which is fried.
My dad tried it and he said the conch tasted rubbery. I tasted that texture in my leftover meatloaf and it's not very pleasant. I didn't say in the video that this meatloaf is a bit spicy due to the cayenne pepper and hot sauce in the meatloaf, but the spiciness isn't too overwhelming.
The only size the can of conch comes in is 29 ounces and I usually only use 16 ounces of a meat at most in any recipe, so I put 2 cups worth of sliced conch in the meatloaf(2 cups = 16 ounces) and I discarded the rest the next day.
Conch is very hard to find so here is a helpful link to where you can procure this item: http://www.amazon.com/La-Monica-Scungilli-Sliced-Conch/dp/B00348F9I8.
You will need:
For the cooking vessels:
A lasagna pan
Nonstick cooking spray
For the meatloaf:
1/2 tbsp. of onion powder
2/3 cups of unsweetened applesauce
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1/4 cup of ketchup
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
1 tbsp. of lemon juice
1 tsp. of hot sauce
1 cup of breadcrumbs
2 cups of sliced conch(see link above to where you can purchase this)
1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Mix all the ingredients using your hands and/or a large spoon so that the ingredients are distributed evenly among the mixture.
3. Spray a lasagna pan w/ nonstick cooking spray.
4. Form 2 loaves in the lasagna pan from the meatloaf mixture.
5. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15-20 minutes.
6. Bon appetti!