Orange is the New Black: SHU Moldy Mystery Meat

A review of SHU Moldy Mystery Meat from the Orange is the New Black cookbook.

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SHU Moldy Mystery Meat

This meal is referencing Season 1, Episode 9, when Piper is thrown in the SHU and discovers mold on the baloney she’s being fed.


This particular recipe doesn’t look like the moldy baloney from the show, but that’s probably a good thing.  Plus, the skinny slice of baloney would not be enough food for an actual meal!

20180624_182414If you’re planning on trying this recipe, be aware that there’s a recipe for a sauce that goes with the meatloaf on the other side of the page!  I didn’t turn the page when I wrote my grocery list, so I had to send my husband out last minute to pick up the rest of it while I got started.

To begin, I sauteed onion over the stove, adding spinach toward the end.  The onion and spinach were then removed from the stove and lemon zest was added in.  Then the whole mixture was left to cool.


The rest of the meatloaf is really simple: mix all of the ingredients together, form into a loaf shape, and bake in the oven.


20180624_180835The chimichurri sauce simply involved throwing the ingredients into a food processor, and then mixing with oil and red wine vinegar.

When the meatloaf was done, it was sliced life a loaf of bread and topped with the chimichurri sauce.

The spinach and the chimichurri sauce definitely give it a moldy appearance.  This would be great as a Halloween meal!


Taste: 8/10

My husband gives this a 10/10, because he LOVES garlic.  I found the garlic a bit too strong in the chimichurri sauce.  And the meatloaf itself was good, but wasn’t the best meatloaf I’ve had.20180624_181753

Difficulty: Average

You will need to cook over the stove and in the oven, and either a food processor or blender will be needed as well.

Cost: Average

You will need to purchase an onion, spinach, lemon(s), ground beef, parsley, mint, and a shallot.  You may also need to buy some breadcrumbs, eggs, cumin, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar, and/or red chile flakes.

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