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?
Enterprise Meatloaf – A Star Trek Recipe
- 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
- Put all the ingredients, except for the tomato sauce, in a bowl.\
- 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.
- Place the turkey mixture into a greased loaf pan.
- Pour the tomato sauce on top of the meat.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for one hour.