In honor of Columbus Day, try your hand at this good old fashioned American classic straight from Karel's kitchen.
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup chopped yellow, red or green pepper
2 celery stalks, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 bottle dark beer
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ sweet barbecue sauce OR molasses (I like Sticky Fingers)
¾ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 pieces whole wheat bread soaked in milk (don’t drain)
1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef
1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey or ground lamb
1 ½ pounds ground veal
½ cup chopped Italian parsley
3 large eggs slightly beaten
1 pound thick cut bacon
Preheat oven to 375°. In a sauce pan, cook onion, celery, and pepper in oil/butter until soft, add garlic. Add beer, molasses (or barbecue sauce) and Worcestershire sauce and boil until syrupy and reduced, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and while still warm, add spices. When cool, combine syrupy mixture with eggs, bread, parsley and meats; combine until blended. Don’t over mix as it will toughen. Cover with bacon in a lattice pattern. Top with molasses/mustard mixture or barbecue sauce.
Bake approximately 1 ½ hours in oven until done.
**Hint: as you put the meat in the mixing bowl, use your fingers to place small pieces of meat at a time. This will allow you to mix it easier and combine all the ingredients without over mixing.