Shoutout to Alexis Icon for suggesting this idea!
The idea of a cereal that tasted like meatloaf is older than this channel itself. You see, there was a skit back on this show in the '90s called "The Amanda Show" and it was a (fake) cereal commercial for "Meatloaf Crunch". That cereal is just like this recipe except for there being red and green sprinkles on each cereal piece(I didn't have red and green sprinkles on me).
As for this real cereal, I made some tweaks from the Avocado Cereal I made two years ago. I was originally going to use 3 tbsp. of beef Bovrite(a British beef spread), but then I realized Bovrite(or Bovril, as they call it in the UK) was salty just like Marmite and Vegemite and I wanted a savory cereal, not a salty one. So I reduced the amount of Bovrite in half for this recipe.
Also, I was originally going to use 1/4 cup of sugar but then I realized sugar isn't one of the main ingredients in a traditional meatloaf. Ketchup, on the other hand, is associated with a traditional meatloaf and has sugar in it, so that's what sweetens this cereal up, along with the milk.
As for the meatloaf seasoning, I initially planned on using more than 1 tbsp's worth, but then I realized that would overpower the cereal given its saltiness, so I added onion powder to even things out; most traditional meatloaf recipes use onions of some sort.
Breadcrumbs weren't even supposed to be in this recipe, but that's the thing that holds a traditional meatloaf together, so it would be an injustice if it wasn't an ingredient in this cereal.
Out of the 200+ videos on this channel, this is only the 3rd homemade cereal recipe- that's because the process for making the tiny little pieces is time-consuming. However, there is a quicker way to make the cereal pieces- with a 1/8 or 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon! You just scoop the dough and divide it in half.
My dad tried the cereal and he spit it out off-camera. He said it tasted like a dry meatloaf. Now in any other recipe, that'd be kind of a bad thing, but considering cereal is meant to be crunchy on its own, it works for this recipe.
HELPFUL LINK: Bovrite:
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
A large spoon
Nonstick cooking spray
2 baking trays
For the cereal:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. ketchup
3 tbsp. breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. meatloaf seasoning
1 tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. milk
1 1/2 tbsp. Bovrite(see HELPFUL LINK)
1. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix them all up until you get a light brown, crumbly dough.
2. Place parchement paper on two baking trays and spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Form little dots on the parchment paper. You can either do this with your fingers entirely or spoon out the dough with a 1/8 or 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon. Break each 1/8th or 1/4th tsp.-sized dough in half and place onto the baking sheet.
4. First bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for 10 minutes.
5. Take cereal out of oven. After letting it cool, turn each cereal piece over with tongs and a spatula to ensure that all sides of the cereal pieces get cooked and one side doesn't get burned. If the cereal pieces are cool to the touch, you can also do this step by hand.
6. Put back into the oven at the same temperature(350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 11-15 minutes. Bon appetit!