The Meatloaf Bakery
Shown at right: the Herby Turkey loaf.

The Meatloaf Bakery: It’s one of the more intriguingly named businesses in Chicago. And after three years on the scene and the launch of a food truck, most of us have caught on to what the Lincoln Park shop is really selling.

No, not cupcakes that look like meatloaf or meatloaf that looks like bread. Yes, cupcake-shaped mini meatloafs that you can take home and heat up for dinner. (It sounds gimmicky, but the flavors are surprisingly sophisticated, and the cupcakes are a fun and easy weeknight meal.)

Now, with the just-published The Meatloaf Bakery Cookbook: Comfort Food with a Twist ($20), you can bake up your own cute potato- or stuffing-topped loaves.

The recipe that most interests us is the Herby Turkey loaf, a variety that’s always on offer at the brick-and-mortar shop. Calling for many of the ingredients you probably already have on hand this week, it makes for a creative, casual take on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner or a brilliant day-after solution for leftovers.

There are also recipes for meatless loaves, appetizer-sized bites, sauces and sides to accompany varieties like the Let’s Salsa and My Thai loaves.

After all, ’tis the season for comfort food--and for pushing a classic outside the rectangular pan. 

The Meatloaf Bakery, 2464 N. Clark St.; 773-698-6667 or themeatloafbakery.com

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