Remember that first dirtside commando mission the Wraiths performed, the one with Kell in charge? There was a cooker of sorts, from which Wedge ate a meatball-like meal. Unlike the U.S. Army's "MRTE" (meals ready to eat), there seemed to be some prepwork and cooking involved. Did the cooking occur in that magical box? Do you add ingredients in one side, seal, wait and get a meal out the other side? Did someone prep it and cook it somewhere else, and it was merely being heated?
We've had some chats where we argued and discussed many of the permutations, but no real conclusions. It was the only time these field boxes or the food from them described. In any case, we think meatballs made in the field boxes were probably good, at least from Wedge's reaction to them. Here's a recipe for some easy meatloaf, which is easily converted to burgers or meatballs. Their short and convenient ingredients list and simplicity of cooking make them ideal for field missions!
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Place in a loaf pan or form a free-form loaf on a baking tray. Bake for about 1 hour at 350° F. Remove from the oven and let it stand for 15 minutes or so. Slice and serve.
Or, form into burgers or meatballs and bake for shorter periods of time. If you form the patties thin, you can fry them on a skillet.
NOTE: This recipe will work with only the soup mix, ground beef and water, if that's all you have! This variation is better as burgers or meatballs.
Makes one meatloaf, serving 8. Or 8 burgers, 1/4 lb. each, or about 60 meatballs.
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