Way back in Aug. 2004, I posted this recipe, and it was well received. Yesterday, Oct. 3, 2020, my daughter decided to make a surprise birthday dinner for me, though her husband had already made me a dinner of really good chili on my birthday last Wednesday. I received an invitation from some friends (originally friends of my daughter and son-in-law) who have adopted me as a friend too. They have two wonderful boys of about 9 and ten years of age who I love playing games with, and tying fishing flies for. I went over to their home and watched the last Star Wars movie with them.
Meanwhile, DD made for me her version of my Mexican Volcano, meatloaf formed into that volcano shape, complete with a crater, and enchilada sauce filling the crater, and running down the sides. She even had the refried beans and Bocelli landscape around the volcano. It all looked amazing, and tasted the same. She made Rice Krispy Treats, made with brown butter for desert (delicious that way).
After the movie was over, I came home to the surprise dinner. It was spectacular. The younger of the two boys arrived first, and though I missed it, was told that his reaction to the meal was one of amazement, and excitement. He'd never seen anything like it.
Here's the recipe, and this time, I have pictures
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. bulk Chorizo (or Italian sausageMexican Chorizo)
1 tbs. chili powder
1/2 tbs. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh Jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup enchilada sauce, or salsa
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup 2-3 year old sharp, white cheddar Cheese
1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 375'‑ F. Remove the Chorizo from its
casing. Mix together the ground beef, Chorizo, chili powder, cayenne pepper, jalapeno peppers, egg, Cheddar, and bread crumbs. Knead together until well mixed. Lightly grease a 12" square casserole dish and place the meat mixture into it.
Shape the mixture into a volcanic mountain with valleys and
cliffs. Show off your hidden artistic talents. Create a crater in the top suitable for about a 1/4 cup of sauce. Place the “volcano” into the oven, with a meat thermometer inserted to the center.
Cook for 45 minutes. Check the thermometer. When the
internal temperature reaches 175'‑ F., remove from the oven.
Pour the sauce into the crater, making sure that rivulets of
sauce run down the mountain sides. Place strands of Mozzarella
cheese shreds onto the rivulets and in the crater to mimic the
glowing hot lava. Place in the oven until the cheese melts
slightly. Remove from the oven and place onto a serving
platter. Slice into eight equal wedges and serve with little
men made from toothpicks and Vienna sausage and toothpicks
(half covered by lava). Make trees with Broccoli to finish the
hapless village. Your kids will love it, and your guests will consider you simply amazing.
Oh, did I mention I weas absolutley surprized, and blown away by this? It was possibly the best birthday surprise in my life. The amount of effort that she put forth, for me. Well, that's why you put everything you have into your hcildren. They return the love ikn spades!
Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North