The blue plate is a new American restaurant in La Lengua that offers both comfort food and rustic Mediterranean dishes, with an emphasis on the use of fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Many American-style classics are prepared and done right – think macaroni and goat cheese or fried chicken with buttermilk sauce and smoked jalapeÃ±os. But the star of the show is the good old-fashioned blue plate meatloaf. It comes out perfect: ultra soft and extremely tasty. It’s served on a mound of velvety mashed potatoes, accompanied by perfectly cooked green beans and a basin of smoked juice. Don’t be surprised if you can’t finish everything; be glad you have leftovers. (And meatloaf makes wicked leftovers.)
The dish has been on the menu every day since the opening of the Blue Plate in 1999. While the ingredients are numerous (around twenty in all), the recipe is quite simple. The final result ? Let’s just say it will transform a vegetarian – because they already did.
According to Chef Cory Obener, one rainy night, a father and daughter walked into the Blue Plate and sat at the chef’s counter. Obender was online and while cooking he heard that the girl (who appeared to be in her twenties) was a vegetarian. The father ordered the meatloaf, and towards the end of the meal the daughter said, âDaddy, I think I want to try the meatloaf. For whatever reason, she did. “It’s okay,” she said. The next night, she walked into the restaurant alone and ordered it again.
Damn, this is good. Shoot – it’s awesome. And here is the recipe:
Meatloaf on a blue plate
1.5 lbs of ground beef
Â½ lb ground pork
1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs, preferably Boudin Sourdough
1 large white onion
2.5 tablespoons minced garlic
Â½ cup of parsley
Â½ tablespoon of dried thyme
â cup chopped sage
2 tablespoons of dijon
1 cup of milk
Â½ tablespoon of cayenne
1 cup of ketchup
â cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
1.5 tablespoon of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of pepper
2 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of Tabasco
Step 1: Prepare the onion mixture
Brown bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon and sautÃ© onions and garlic in reserved fat until translucent. Remove from the heat, stir in the breadcrumbs and let cool.
Step 2: combine the ingredients
In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the parsley with the Tabasco and stir. Toss this mixture into the onion / garlic / breadcrumb mixture above.
Step 3: Mix the meats
In a large bowl, combine the pork, beef. Add the above mixture and mix well.
Step 4: Mold and bake
Add to a 10 ” loaf pan and shape the meat into a loaf. Turn over onto a baking dish and turn out. Bake at 350 until the mixture reaches 155 (about an hour). For 4-6 people.
The blue plate, 3218 Mission Street, (415) 282-6777.