Lets take a moment and meet Chef Tony the popular QVC food master. The title “Culinary Professional” fits Chef Tony to a tee. Throughout his life, he has gained the hands-on experience to earn this distinction. Born to first-generation Italian-Americans in Brooklyn, Chef Tony grew up helping out at his grandmother’s Southern Italian restaurant in lower Manhattan while his father sold fresh produce from a horse and wagon and his mother ran a home-based Italian catering business. “Every weekend was like a catered affair at our house,” Chef Tony recalls, “where all of the family gathered on Saturday to prepare a Sunday meal fit for a king.” – ChefTonyTv.com
Now that we know a little bit about of the chef lets talk a little bit about ourselves. I know that I personally make meatloaf at least once a week or at least once every two weeks. Meatloaf is a huge family pleasing meal in this household which is why I was eager to try out Chef Tony’s Stuffed Meatloaf pan. You might be thinking that you could probably make a stuffed meatloaf on your own with out the help of some “fancy pan”. You probably could, but why go through the extra hassle when this pan was made to take the hassle out of cooking and make if fun.
The above pictures show the assembly of the meatloaf pan. I love that it has a way for the grease to release into the bottom of the pan so your meatloaf isn’t just sitting cooking in the grease. The large black pieces is the press that makes the indent into the meat that will in return allow you to fill it with whatever you’d like. We just used cheese, we didn’t want to get to crazy for the sake of this review.
We filled the pan about 3/4 of the way full and then pressed the topper into it. The first couple of attempts weren’t successful because of the suction it made in the pan, and when pull it up, it pulled the meat up with it. So the 4th try we were finally able to get a good indent into the meat where we filled it with cheese. After cooking it we noticed a few things that were a little off-putting. 1) The people who get the piece at each end wont have any filling in their meat. 2) The meatloaf is so thick that it’s hard to tell if it’s cooked all the way through. There was no instructions on how long to cook the meatloaf in the cook book that came with the pan. Maybe its a given, but my family and I were so nervous that it was under cooked even after an hour and 15 mins of it being in the oven at 375*. I will put the recipe down below that I made.
Over all I thought the pan was great, its something I see myself using every time I make meatloaf. The pan was super easy to clean as well since its non stick material. I can’t wait to play around with the things to stuff my meatloaf with. If you’ve ever made a stuffed meatloaf please let me know what you put in the center of it, I’d love to check it out! I love testing out new kitchen gadgets and kitchen ware!
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