Paradise by the refrigerator light – Mitt Romney's favorite meatloaf recipe
October 26th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
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Governor Mitt Romney's love of Meat Loaf is well-documented; the singer joined him on stage to sing a rendition of "America the Beautiful" at a campaign stop in Defiance, Ohio. But did you know it's his favorite birthday treat, too?

His wife, Ann Romney, appeared on the Rachael Ray show to cook her signature "Meatloaf Cakes" and dish about the presidential hopeful's eating habits.

She told Ray, “Mitt’s favorite meat is hamburger, and his favorite way to eat hamburger is meatloaf. ... I’ve been making these meatloaf cakes for 43 years, and every birthday dinner this is what Mitt wants for his birthday dinner. Mitt is not a picky eater, not at all, and he will eat anything you put in front of him.”

Romney isn't the only member of the GOP ticket who's a big fan of red meat politics. Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan recently spoke with reporters about his fondness for making venison sausage from his annual hunting haul.

Ann Romney’s Meatloaf Cakes

Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 small meatloaf cakes (3 to 6 servings).

For the meatloaf cakes:
1 1/2 pounds ground beef

4 slices bread, crumbled into small pieces or 3/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons seasoned salt

For the sauce:
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

For the meatloaf cakes: Heat oven to 350ºF. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, crumbled bread or breadcrumbs, egg, onion, lemon juice and seasoned salt. Mix lightly but thoroughly and shape into six small loaves. Space evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes; meanwhile, prepare the sauce.

In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, cloves and allspice. When the meatloaf cakes have baked for 15 minutes, brush each loaf with sauce and return to the oven. Continue to bake until the meatloaf cakes read 165ºF in the center when tested with an instant-read thermometer, about 20 more minutes. If desired, serve with scalloped potatoes and steamed vegetables. Pass additional sauce separately.

Previously - 'These chorizos are huge!' – how Paul Ryan's sausage gets made and Cast your vote: Red and blue restaurant specials and Can coffee cups predict the presidency?

Catch up on all campaign trail coverage on Eatocracy and see how CNN's Political Team likes to get their political grub on.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Meat T

    This is crap, anyone who cooks with ketchup isnt a cook. If this flake can be please by this kind of garbage, just imagine the garbage he'll pass onto the American people

    October 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  2. mcp123

    Lets see we've got Katy Perry... Mitts got Meatloaf, Nugent...and Kid Rock.

    As a 44 year old white male whom do I choose... ahhh...yes Katy and her candidate.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  3. Ann

    The recipe sounds as bland as he is.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  4. Big Bird for President

    Um, Ray Ray, that's definitely the wrong kind of meatloaf. Here is the Meatloaf Romney really loves and looks forward to getting on his birthday:
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shGoBL41g5E&w=640&h=390]

    October 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  5. Truth™

    During a meeting at the last debate, Ann Romney spoke with Michelle Obama. Ann told her "I slept with the next president last night/". Michelle just sighed and said "That Barack will do anything for votes"...

    October 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • suj

      :) nice one.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Rachel Ray is hot.

    But she seems like 2 wrong donuts away from exploding to 400 pounds.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • suj

      2 doughnuts away from having get out the flour?

      October 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  7. Capt. NoDuh

    Meatloaf cakes? For the rest of us 99 percenters, we call them a baked hamburger. A Baked Hamburger? I guess he gets to eat these when his personal chef is on vacation; they are special because that's the only time his wife cooks.. The ones you get from fast food restaurants have more exotic fillers though. Mitt Romney and Ronald McDonald are similar in that they both have a secret sauce.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • VladT

      That is such a reach, it is almost worth not responding too, but I just had too. Get over it....some people are richer then you. I have made peace with that, and I accept that some people eat meatloaf, even "1 percenters."

      Putz. Save your anti-Romney hatred for the political blog. I am voting for Obama, but seriously, this is a food blog.

      Or hear, let me help you out.
      Occupy Eatocracy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 27, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • VladT

      *here....not hear.

      I just got homonymed

      October 27, 2012 at 8:59 am |
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