As the head butcher of the 4505 Meats Butcher Shop, Thomas McEntee is a soft-spoken lad who is universally adored by all, especially the ladies that frequent the butcher shop. Thomas is simply the most handsome (and single!) employee at 4505 Meats, and brings a great energy to our shop with his profoundly deep knowledge of meat. Thomas and his partner in crime, Nick Karoly (one might call it a bro-mance), can be found at the butcher shop Wednesday through Monday (11am-8pm) slinging the highest-quality meats in town. Come by and see them! You can also grab a cheeseburger on Monday!
1) What is one of your earliest food memories?
Grandma Sally’s Cinnamon toast with a glass of 2% milk to wash it down. White bread, butter, cinnamon and sugar. She was a great baker and cook and there are so many things she made well, but toast is the first one I remember.
2) What is your favorite thing to eat at 4505 Meats?
Cheeseburger. (I have it for breakfast every Saturday.)
3) If someone offered you 1 million dollars and the only stipulation was that you had to dedicate the next two years to studying any subject of your choice, what would it be?
I would need more than two years, but I would move to Japan to learn the art of making sushi.
4) If you had the option, where would you like to visit and why?
Argentina. Wine, tango, the diversity of its natural surroundings, and BEEF!
5) What is your spirit animal?
Thomas’ Fiery Meatloaf
Serves 4 for dinner and lunch the next day
1 large sweet onion, chopped
5 medium sized jalapenos, seeded and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
2 teaspoon, 4505s Chili Spice Blend
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 pounds ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup heavy cream
season generously with Salt and Pepper
1/2 jar of INNA Jalapeno Jam (for glaze)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1. Add onion and jalapeno to a skillet over medium heat with oil. Until soft.
2. Add garlic, thyme and 4505s Chili Spice Blend. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Let vegetables cool.
3. Work together ground beef and pork. Add vegetables, green onions and breadcrumbs. Next incorporate egg and cream into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
(Tip: Form a small amount of your meatloaf mix into a small flat patty and cook in skillet to sample. Now you can adjust seasoning as necessary.)
4. Form your mixture into a loaf and place on sheet tray. This exposes more surface area so that your glaze covers a larger amount of your loaf.