Camping season is here.  As a little fun nod to that and my husband's excitement about getting back to the camper, I came up with a silly treat where he can eat one of his favorite foods (meatloaf) with his fingers!  Great idea for parties!


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Meatloaf Log Campfire (prep. time 20 minutes. Serves 2 as main dish or more if served as appetizers)

½ lb. ground beef

1 egg, beaten

¼ medium yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, diced

2 Tb. chopped parsley

1 Tb. each basil & oregano

¼ C. breadcrumbs (unseasoned)

salt & pepper

1 Tb. olive oil

1 sheet puff pastry dough, thawed

¼ C. ketchup

splashes of hot sauce to taste

Mix together the meat, egg, vegetable, herbs, breadcrumbs, salt & pepper.  Divide into about four portions.  Roll into logs. The size of your fry pan will determine the thickness and length of the logs. Heat oven to 375.  Heat the olive oil in a large fry pan over medium high heat and brown the logs on all sides, until just cooked through.  As the logs are cooling to room temperature, roll the puff pastry to about ¼ inch thick.  Cut length-wise into quarters (if you made 4 ‘logs’).  Lay the cooled logs into the pastry and roll until center seams meet.  Brush edges with water and pinch together to seal.  Brush the ends with water and pinch pastry together to seal.  Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Brush with a little more olive oil to help brown and bake for about 10 minutes until golden.  Mix the ketchup with the hot sauce (optional) in a small ramakin, sake cup or small bowl. Mound the sauce into peaks to mimic flames. Cut the logs into desired portions (about 3 inches) and prop up around the ‘fire’.

Other fun ideas: Stack your meatloaf like a wood pile.  Use as Lincoln Logs. Have fun. Play with your food.

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