It’s important to offer the family a variety of meals to avoid making that mad dash to the nearest fast food restaurant. It helps to solicit the family to some extent about the menu for the week. At times this may not be an option but consider the time it would save when they cast a vote for what may become a good thing for your family. This week I asked for ideas, my son piped up and said meatloaf, now let’s be honest I do not like meatloaf, I dislike the smell and the texture. But when it went to a family vote I was out-numbered and let’s say out-numbered. So meal number one on the menu is meat-loaf the recipe follows.
Meal number two was a breakfast item that I’m happy to add to the week, blueberry muffins, easy peezy, Duncan Hines has a great mix simply add water and poof bake. Blueberry muffins did not go to the family for a vote, seemed way too sensible and was a time saver.
When I asked for input for the week, I received some good and some not so good ideas, but it worked if they suggested it, they must eat it.
Classic Meatloaf Recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6, with plenty for leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches.
Many meatloaf recipes call for ground veal or pork in addition to ground beef. You might want to experiment with a third each of beef, pork, and veal. If you don’t have access to spicy ground pork or Italian sausage, add a pinch of fennel seeds and a half teaspoon of hot sauce to regular ground pork.
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2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup of minced onion
1 celery rib, minced
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 carrot, minced
1/2 cup of minced green onion, including the onion greens
2 teaspoon salt (use 1 1/2 teaspoons if using Italian sausage)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup ketchup, divided 1/3 and 1/3
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef (chuck)
3/4 pound of spicy ground pork sausage or Italian sausage (a mix of sweet and hot if you are using links)
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten slightly
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
1 Preheat oven to 350° F, with a rack in the middle.
2 In a large, heavy skillet, melt the butter on medium heat until foamy. Add the minced onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and green onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Cover the skillet and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until the carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, freshly ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/3 a cup of the ketchup. Cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and let cool to the touch.
3 In a large bowl, use your clean hands to combine the ground beef, spicy ground pork sausage, eggs, breadcrumbs, the cooked vegetables from step 2, and parsley.
4 Press mixture into a loaf pan with 2-inch high sides, or form the mixture into a free standing loaf and place in a rimmed roasting pan. Cover the loaf with the remaining ketchup.
5 Bake the meatloaf in a 350°F oven for 1 hour, or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 155°F. Let rest for 10 minutes. Then gently remove by lifting with a spatula to a serving plate, and slice to serve.
Source: Simple Recipes