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Family Meal

Maria Robledo
All in the Family


Norman Van Aken, © All Rights Reserved 2019

The ‘family meals’ we had a the Pier House were raucous affairs. If we failed to make a good one the servers turned testy! This one had a calming effect on the team thank goodness.

Yield: 1 loaf

Meat mixture:

1#   ground chuck

1#   ground pork

1 large onion, diced small

1 large carrot, diced small

½ # mushrooms

2 T roasted garlic

¼ Cup tomato paste

2 T Pick-a-peppa sauce

2 eggs

½  C  breadcrumbs

½ C  buttermilk

½ T  thyme, chopped

½ T  oregano, chopped

1 T kosher salt

1 T cracked black pepper

Enough bacon strips to line loaf pan

Combine all, except bacon in a bowl and mix together by hand.  Lay bacon strips in bottom of a loaf pan.  Place meat mixture in pan and smooth out.  Top with glaze. 

Bake in a 350 degree conventional oven for approx. 1 hour, or until internal temperature reaches 135. Let stand until internal temperature reaches 150. Refridgerate until cool, preferably overnight. Cut out from loaf pan to serve.


½ C Ketchup

2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

½ teaspoon dry mustard

Combine in a bowl.  Whisk until smooth.


Norman Van Aken has been described as legendary, visionary and a trailblazer. He is known as “the founding father of New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of “Fusion” to the culinary world.