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Mexican Meatloaf Meal

Mexican Meatloaf

Classic Red Rice

Roasted Fish

When you turn your oven to cook something for dinner, always ask yourself, can I cook another part of the meal at the same time in the oven? One nice feature of this meal is that both dishes can be cooked and served in the same dish. If another family member prefers to eat fish, just add it in for about 10 minutes prior to serving.

This meatloaf recipe is a great example of taking a classic recipe and jazzing it up with different flavors and a new presentation. Allow 10 minutes to assemble the meatloaf, at least 50 minutes to bake in the oven and 10 minutes to rest. The Red Rice includes a variety of vegetables and will cook in about 20- 25 minutes, so it can go in about 30 minutes after the meatloaf and both dishes will be ready to serve at the same time.

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Mexican Meatloaf

2 - lbs ground sirloin

2 - large eggs

¾ - teaspoon ground cumin

1 - teaspoon chili powder

1 - teaspoon kosher salt

1 ½ - cups Monterey Jack cheese

2 - cups fresh Tomato Salsa

1 - cup fresh dried breadcrumbs

3 - 8” corn tortillas, cut into thin ribbons and ribbons cut in half.

Classic Red Rice

1 - 14 ½ oz can whole tomatoes in juice, drained

3 - tablespoon chopped white onion

2 - cloves garlic, peeled

1 - cup medium grain white rice

1 - cup hot water

1 - medium carrot, peeled, cut into small dice

⅓ - cup frozen peas

⅓ - cup frozen or fresh corn kernels

6 - sprigs cilantro, tied together

2 - serrano chiles, halved (if you like the spice)

1 - teaspoon salt


1 - Mexican Meatloaf

Preheat the oven in the Convection Bake or Convection Roast Mode 350 degrees.

Combine the beef, eggs, cumin, chili powder, salt and a heaping cup of shredded cheese in a large mixing bowl. Measure 1 even cup of the salsa and add it to the mixing bowl together with the breadcrumbs and combine well with a gentle hand.

Press the meat mixture into a 9” pie pan and spread ½ a cup of the salsa over the top. Sprinkle the tortillas over the top of the meat and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake on rack position 4 or 5 counting up from the bottom for 50 - 60 minutes or until the meat comes away from the edge of the pie plate and the tortillas are crisp.

Set aside to cool for at least 10 - 12 minutes then cut into wedges.

Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce or coleslaw garnished with the remaining salsa.

2 - Classic Red Rice

Combine the tomatoes, onion and garlic and puree until smooth.

Combine the rice, tomato puree, hot water, carrot, peas and corn, cilantro sprigs and chilies and salt in an oven-safe pan or casserole dish, cover and place in the oven on rack position 2 (1 up from the bottom) and cook for 20 minutes.

Very carefully remove the cover, crack it a little first then remove so you don’t get a burst of steam in your face. 

Cook for another 10 minutes uncovered then remove from the oven and let stand for at least 5 minutes before discarding the cilantro and chilies and fluffing with a fork.



Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake

One of the great mysteries of the the appliance industry is that most ovens sold nowadays feature Convetion cooking modes; however, recipes rarely reference cooking with Convection.


Larissa Taboryski

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1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled

¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour

1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of kosher or sea salt

4 - large eggs

1 - cup sugar

1 - teaspoon vanilla extract

Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon

⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil

Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely. 

Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.

Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.

Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.  

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.

In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.

On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended. 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center.  Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.

Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher

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