Enterprise Meatloaf – A Star Trek Recipe

Enterprise Meatloaf - A Star Trek Recipe

I was born in the mid ’80s, so I grew up watching Star Trek: TNG and Voyager with my family. Recently, I’ve been binge watching all the different Star Trek series on Netflix. Of course, I started with TNG and Voyager for nostalgia’s sake, but then I moved on to the original Star Trek series. Before a few weeks ago, I had never seen an episode of the original Star Trek series. While it wasn’t my cup of tea, there were things about it that I did enjoy, particularly the kitsch factor! I love how this show is so heavily influenced by the culture of the 1960s.

In one of the early episodes of Star Trek, Captain Kirk mentions that it’s Thanksgiving Day back on Earth, so he wants the normal meatloaf served in the mess hall to be shaped like turkey. Ummmm…okay? Where do I even start with this? First of all, I love that they serve meatloaf in a futuristic mess hall. That just screams “mid-century” to me. I honestly contemplated trying to make a turkey-shaped meatloaf for this blog post, but I couldn’t figure out how I would accomplish that, so instead I just used ground turkey instead of ground beef…bonus: ground turkey is half the price of ground beef. Ka-ching!

When deciding on a meatloaf recipe, I wanted to find one that was typical of the 1950s and 1960s, since the culture of that era is all over the original Star Trek universe. In an extensive Google search, I found a forum where someone mentioned they used squished-up Wonder Bread in their meatloaf in the ’60s. Score!

I did a lot of research on Wonder Bread and learned some really interesting things about it. First of all, did you know that Wonder Bread was one of the first companies to sell their bread pre-sliced in the 1920s and 1930s? But the reason Wonder Bread was so popular in the 1950s and 1960s is because it was marketed as being healthy! I’m not even kidding. Wonder Bread was one of the first companies to enrich their bread with vitamins and minerals. In their defense, this actually did lead to a reduction in a lot of diseases caused by vitamin deficiency. Anyway, I know those things have nothing to do with Star Trek or meatloaf, but I found it so interesting I had to share!

This meatloaf recipe was fun to make and it tasted yummy, but it did not look pretty. But, I just went with it and photographed it in all its hideous glory, because when is meatloaf ever cute looking anyway?

Turkey Meatloaf - A Star Trek Recipe

 Enterprise Meatloaf РA Star Trek Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 5 slices Wonder Bread (make sure it’s fresh and not stale!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 small can tomato sauce

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients, except for the tomato sauce, in a bowl.\
  2. Using your hands (yeah, it’s gross, but it’s effective), smoosh all the ingredients together until they are indistinguishable from each other. This should form one large mass.
  3. Place the turkey mixture into a greased loaf pan.
  4. Pour the tomato sauce on top of the meat.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for one hour.
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Deanna Troi’s Ultimate Chocolate Sundae – Star Trek: The Next Generation

Ultimate Chocolate Sundae Recipe - Star Trek

Hey! It’s my first Star Trek recipe! In trying to think of recipes inspired by Star Trek, I’ve had a bit of a hard time since a lot of the foods mentioned are made from foods that are not found on Earth. But then I started thinking about Counselor Troi and her love of chocolate…

For me Star Trek: The Next Generation falls into that “so bad its good” sweet spot. It’s so nerdy and so 80s, but so captivating. Part of the appeal for me, I admit, is that I have many fond memories of watching TNG and Voyager with my family growing up.

Deanna Troi is one of my favorite characters on this show, and I think it’s because of her heightened emotions and sensitivity. I love that her high sensitivity is seen as an asset to the crew of the Enterprise, rather than a detriment. I think we, as a society, could learn something from that. It’s okay to be sensitive and to make decisions based on intuition and feeling. There should be plenty of room for people like that in our society, and they can help us all if we let them!

One of Counselor Troi’s favorite things is chocolate. She’s always replicating some kind of chocolate concoction, whether it’s a mug of hot chocolate right before bed, or a delicious hot fudge sundae after dinner.

Enter the ultimate chocolate sundae. Almost all of the components are chocolate! I almost dipped the maraschino cherry in melted chocolate, too, but I figured the red would give a nice pop of color to the photograph.

Below are two really easy recipes: one for homemade hot fudge, and one for chocolate whipped cream. Use these recipes to make the most decadent hot fudge sundae you’ve ever eaten!

Easy Homemade Hot Fudge

From The Pioneer Woman

homemade hot fudge recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Add both ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir until smooth.

Chocolate Whipped Cream Recipe

Adapted from The First Year

chocolate whipped cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Dump all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat until the ingredients are well incorporated and stiff peaks form.

Deanna Troi’s Ultimate Chocolate Sundae – Star Trek: The Next Generation

Ingredients

  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Hot fudge
  • Chocolate whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Any other chocolate-y ingredients you can find!

Layer all of the ingredients to your liking, and enjoy!

 

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