Tuesday, July 27, 2010
So I have been promising another lagniappe for a while. Sorry for my delay. Hope you enjoy!
Meal idea: Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.
I don't know about you, but we NEVER finish a meatloaf and there are only so many sandwiches you can make afterward so, when you finish mixing up your recipe and start to form your loaf just use 1/2-3/4 of the mixture and reserve the rest for the next recipe - meatballs.
(Also, you may have a great meatloaf recipe and you can truly use whatever - I know there are some family favorites. This one is from my neighbor, Kristin, and is quite delicious. I go a little lighter on the onions)
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 cup fresh bread, cubed
1 medium onion, diced fine
1/2 can Hunt's tomato sauce (8 oz can)
salt & pepper
Mix all of these ingredients with a fork until well blended. Pat into a loaf shape in the center of a 9 x 13" baking dish.
1 1/2 can tomato sauce (8 oz can)
1/2 cup water
5 - 6 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
3 Tablespoons vinegar
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoons mustard (spicy brown is best)
Mix all of the sauce ingredients well and pour over the meatloaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 75 min., baking sauce over meatloaf every 20-30 minutes.
Meal Idea 2: Spaghetti and Meatballs with green salad
Take the left over mixture from the meatloaf and make into round balls (You can add a few more things to it later if you like - garlic, bread crumbs, etc.).
In a large pan put a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of the pan, place heat on medium and brown your meatballs - you can always finish them off in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Once cooked place them in your favorite sauce and serve with desired pasta.
(you can also take them browned - with no sauce - and freeze your extras for another meal later. Another alternative to using the meatballs, BBQ Meatball Sandwiches - YUM).