I love to eat out, but I don’t like dining out prices. This is especially true when I know that I could probably reproduce the dish myself at a fraction of the cost. So what I’ll do a lot of times is find a dish I love, deconstruct it, and work on the recipe at home until I’ve got a clone of it. Sometimes I’ll even improve on the clone and end up making it mine anyway. And sometimes I’m lucky enough that the actual restaurant recipe is posted somewhere, which saves me a ton of work.
One of my favorite places to eat in town is Cap City Fine Diner. It’s the only one of the Cameron Mitchell restaurants that I go to regularly – I’ll have to do a full review sometime soon, as some of their unique dishes, like Maytag Blue Potato Chips, are to die for. Their signature dish is their meatloaf, which serves as the center of a couple of the dishes they offer.
I was lucky enough to find the recipe published online a couple of years ago, and this is my standby meatloaf recipe. Tonight, I’ve served it with giant radiattore that has been tossed with some shittake and sun-dried tomato cream sauce from Pastaria at the North Market.
I’ve posted the recipe at Recipezaar along with a link to the barbecue sauce that goes with it. Enjoy!