Route 66 enthusiasts to this day still enjoy some of that same hometown cooking as they revisit this important roadway. We thought it would be good to share just a few of those delectables here in our Route 66 pages.
The person who has not traveled widely thinks his or her mother is the best cook. – Unknown
Route 66 Recipes
It’s Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf from the Bagdad Cafe
The Bagdad Cafe is in Newberry Spring, California.
1 whole bay leaf
Pinch cayenne pepper
3/4 t. black pepper
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 t. nutmeg
3 T. butter
3/4 C. chopped onions
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped green bell pepper
1/4 C. chopped scallions
2 to 5 cloves of garlic minced (depending on preference)
Hot Sauce to Taste:
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 C. milk
1/4 C. ketchup
11/4 lbs. ground beef
3/4 lb. ground pork or sausage
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. very fine dry bread crumbs, with Italian seasoning
Combine seasoning mix and set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, scallions, garlic, hot sauce, Worcestershire and seasoning mix. Saute 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mixture will begin sticking to the bottom of the pan, scrape the bottom as you stir. Add milk and ketchup. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes, stirring. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature (remove bay leaves).
In a bowl, place the ground beef, pork, eggs, cooked vegetable mixture and bread crumbs. Thoroughly mix by hand. Shape into a loaf and place in the middle of a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then raise heat to 400 degrees and continue cooking until done (about 30 minutes longer).