Shoutout to PurpleEchoingForest on Instagram for suggesting the poutine meatloaf idea!
Originally, I was going to have 2 separate meatloaves- one with all the components of an all-dressed potato chip, including the chips themselves, bbq sauce, vinegar, onion, and carrot(in place of bell peppers, which I absolutely hate); and the other being a poutine meatloaf. Then I realized I wouldn't have anything authentic to hold up the poutine meatloaf since fries make for terrible meatloaf binders, and the thing all-dressed chips and poutine have in common is that their both Canadian. The all-dressed chips can hold the poutine meatloaf together!
Being the somewhat ignorant American that I am, I thought today, October 1, was either Canada Day or Thanksgiving in Canada. Turns out I'm wrong on both parts- Canada Day is July 1 and this year, Canada's Thanksgiving is not until the 9th(the 2nd Monday in October).
I've never had poutine before, let alone travel to Canada(which I'd love to do, only to see if I could stand living there permanently seeing as Trump is president; I already said too much about my political views). The combination of beef gravy, fries, and cheese curds is addicting. Speaking of cheese curds, I had to order them on Amazon, as I can't find cheese curds in Long Island supermarkets(but I probably could if I were upstate, like in Albany). The cheese curds tasted like cheese that's a little squeaky, as they're wont to be. Plus they melt so beautifully that when you pull on them melted, they're very stretchy.
If you look at a picture of this meatloaf, it looks like the fish in fish and chips or fried chicken strips, except the white stuff is tofu and not fish or chicken. This meatloaf is definitely heavy on the carbs, seeing as there's fries AND potato chips in it.
Surprisingly, my dad thought the meatloaf was dry. I told him he could top it with some gravy and then he said he doesn't like cold gravy. :(
All-Dressed Potato Chips: www.amazon.com/Ruffles-All-dressed-Chips/dp/B004A6OMT0/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1506884872&sr=8-2&
Cheese Curds: www.amazon.com/Cheddar-Cheese-Curds-1-LB/dp/B00HENSOAO/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1506884895&sr=8-1-spons&
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
Nonstick cooking spray
A lasagna pan
For the meatloaf:
2/3 tbsp. onion powder
2 beaten and whisked eggs
10 cooked, straight fries(like the ones at McDonald's)
1/2 cup cheese curds(see HELPFUL LINKS)
1/2 cup beef gravy
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1-1 1/2 cup's worth of crushed All-Dressed Potato Chips(see HELPFUL LINKS)
1 pound chopped, drained, crumbled up, firm tofu
More cooked fries to top the meatloaves with(optional)
Beef gravy for the top of the meatloaf(optional)
1. Put the first 9 ingredients into a large bowl. Mix all the ingredients up until you get a firm meatloaf mixture.
2. Spray a lasagna pan with nonstick cooking spray. Form 2 loaves from the meatloaf mixture.
3.Top the meatloaves with more cooked fries(optional).
4. Bake the meatloaves in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 40-45 minutes. Serve with beef gravy on top(optional).