We love our food "holidays" here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach. If you bother to look for these special days on a calendar, there is something being celebrated every day of the year and most days, it involves food. YUM!
Last week's blog covered National Pulled Pork Day (did you celebrate?) and this week, we've got National Meatloaf Appreciation Day coming up on Sunday, October 18. Sure, meatloaf sometimes gets a bad rap but anyone that thinks they don't like it has obviously never tasted the amazing smoked meatloaf served at our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant!
Today, we've got a quick look for you at the ancient origins of meatloaf followed by an irresistible look at our very own special homestyle version from the kitchen at the Boot.
Meatloaf's Ancient Origins
The origin of this delicious loaf of meat dates back as early as 5th century Rome. The recipe found in one of their ancient cookbooks was made by mixing chopped meat, bread, and wine. Meatloaf is also a traditional dish of Germany, Scandinavia, and Belgium, and it has been linked as a "cousin" of the Dutch meatball.
The origin of modern-day American meatloaf comes from a dish called "scrapple." German-Americans in Pennsylvania made this by combining leftover pork scraps and trimmings with cornmeal and other seasonings. This particular recipe was pan-fried before being served.
The meatloaf of today didn't begin showing up in cookbooks until the late 19th century. It was a very popular dish during the Great Depression because it gave families the ability to stretch inexpensive meats into a large meal. Lots of filler ingredients could be added to make it serve more people, and many housewives went so far as to create "meatless" meatloaves.
Meatloaf Gets an Upgrade
You'll find a marvelous version of meatloaf in the Southern Comfort Foods section of the menu at our Lake of the Ozarks family restaurant. Comfort food is a term that is used to describe dishes that are fairly simple to prepare and often have some type of nostalgia associated with them for the diner. You know, something like Mom or Grandma used to make.
Well, the incredible type of meatloaf that we serve is NOT your grandma's meatloaf! Also, while the ingredients for meatloaf are fairly easy to mix together, the special touches we add to ours is anything but simple.
The biggest difference that makes the most mouthwatering impact is the fact that our meatloaf is slow-smoked over hickory. Hickory-smoked ground chuck is seasoned with fresh veggies and savory spices. Once it has reached the perfect degree of doneness, we serve it up open-faced with brown gravy, smashed potatoes, and green beans. The perfect meal for a fall day!
More Homestyle Comfort
This amazing smoked meatloaf is in good company in the Southern Comfort Foods section of the menu at Wobbly Boots BBQ. You may also want to give these hot and delicious dishes a try this fall too.
A huge baked potato stuffed with your choice of pork, beef, ham, or turkey plus cheddar-jack cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions.
Prime Rib Hot Beef
Shaved prime rib served on bread with smashed potatoes, beef gravy, and green beans.
Slow-smoked brisket served open-faced with smashed potatoes, beef gravy, and green beans.
Chicken Fried Chicken
Hand-breaded chicken breast served with smashed potatoes, country-style gravy, and green beans.
Country Fried Pork
Our famous hand-breaded pork tenderloin served open-faced with smashed potatoes, country-style gravy, and green beans.
Open-Faced Smoked Turkey
Delicious smoked turkey served open-faced on white bread with smashed potatoes, turkey gravy, and green beans.
If you think you're not a fan of meatloaf, we challenge you to give the smoked meatloaf at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse a try. It's a taste sensation that is bound to change your mind. Of course, if you're not up for that challenge, we've got plenty of other amazing menu items to satisfy all of your cravings.
Join us in the dining room 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am or easily order BBQ to go online through our website. Either way, it will be served fresh, hot, and mouthwateringly delicious!