Crushed baked potato chips
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Egg, slightly beaten
Toasted sesame oil
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil
Mix the crushed chips, cheese, egg, 1/2 of the ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise together with your hands and shape into a loaf in the baking pan. Put the pan in the preheated oven.
Prepare the glaze with the remaining ketchup, mustard, tomato paste and toasted sesame oil.
After the meatloaf has been cooking for about 20 minutes, heavily glaze the top of the meatloaf. Continue glazing at 15-20 minutes intervals and start glazing the sides as well. When the loaf reaches 145F, remove it from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Served here with Mac & cheese with a side of peas and carrots.
If you were told in advance that this was a reimagination of a cheeseburger and fries, you can conjur up that image as you eat it. Otherwise, it is an average, rather bland meatloaf.
I used baked Ruffles because I think they have more “French fry” taste. The cookbook authors also recommended the baked chips because they would add less fat to the loaf. One of the “tasters” said it reminded him of cardboard…. Yikes! Shoestring potatoes might be a good representation for the fries?
I didn’t use mayonnaise in my version…. two reasons: None in the pantry and we don’t use mayonnaise on our burgers. I don’t think adding the mayo would have made a significant difference. I personally like a hamburger with only mustard, so I would have been happy if the mustard had been more prominent. Adding a little yellow mustard might have helped with some additional punch.
For cheese, I didn’t have the full amount of sharp cheddar, so I made up the difference with a commercial Mexican blend that contained cheddar, jack and a couple of other “melty” cheeses. I couldn’t really taste the cheese in the loaf, but I have that trouble with cheese in most of the loaves I make.
The authors left out onions because they felt they are a signifier of a classic meatloaf. In my opinion raw onion and pickles would be a good additions. At that point, we might have the classic Mc Donald’s Cheeseburger.
I don’t think this one will make it to the repeat list. 👎🏻