During my vacation, I spent several days with my sister and her family. My brother-in-law has a birthday 3 days after mine, and my sister always throws a huge themed party (this year, the theme was Flowers). I try to visit them around this time of year so I can enjoy her cooking and join in on the party, which is always a blast.
My sister is a gourmet cook. She’s awesome! I, on the other hand, do not cook at all unless it’s something to be thrown in the crockpot (the best invention since the microwave). So I enjoyed every single thing she baked/sauteed/fried/roasted/boiled.
My sister cooked allllll day long on the Friday before the party. She made it look so effortless, yet I knew it was time-consuming. I figured the least I could do (besides vacuuming for her) was take photos of each dish she made, step-by-step. I knew deep-down these photos would make for great blog posts, plus I’d get good practice with food photography.
So, this post, and several future posts, will deal with a particular dish my sister made for the party, complete with photographs and recipe.
As I’ve been craving pancetta-wrapped turkey meatloaf all week long since my return from vacation, I thought this would be a great starter recipe to post. I even made it in my own home today. Yes, I, who do not cook, made pancetta-wrapped turkey meatloaf, and it was a success!
The recipe is an original from Giada de Laurentiis. My sister loves her recipes and – when she had time before becoming an overworked medical transcriptionist – made a point of watching Giada’s show on The Cooking Channel.
For my brother-in-law’s birthday party, my sister made this long, long sandwich, part of which had the turkey meatloaf with arugula mayo in it.
Following are the photos, and then the recipe at the end.
The meatloaf I made earlier today turned out wonderfully, even though I had to substitute coppa for the pancetta since I could not find pancetta anywhere within a 25-mile radius of where I live. Jeesh. So, if you decide to make this dish and end up in a bind because you cannot find sliced pancetta nearby, then coppa will work just as well.