March 13, 2010

Easy Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Posted in Beef at 3:37 pm by Sheila OConnell

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. This recipe makes it easy and almost foolproof. I prefer using meatloaf mix (a mix of grounf beef, pork and veal) but you can substitute ground beef. In either case make sure it’s fresh – do NOT buy the ‘manager’s special’. You can use a brown gravy but I prefer tomato sauce – it’s easier and better. I don’t measure the spices so I’m guessing below – Still its not rocket science – you just have to develop a feel for it. If the women folk are home you probably want to include a vegetable or two – corn is always a nice choice. Good luck and good eating!

Ingredients:
1.5 lbs of meatloaf mix (or ground beef)
1 medium onion
4-6 slices of bread (I, of course, prefer Pepridge Farms white)
1 egg
salt and pepper (maybe 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper)
garlic powder (maybe 1/2 tsp or more)
oregano (dried)
parsley flakes
1 small can of tomato sauce (Hunt’s or equivalent)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350
Dice the onion and add to meatloaf mix in large bowl
Add egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and parsley
Work ingredients together with hands.
Put bread slices into blender or food processor (or chop fine with knife) one at a time and add to mix
After 2-3 slices then work into mix. Add a few sprinkles of water to moisten.
Add more slices until you have enough, the key is getting enough bread into mix to lighten it up.
Feel free to add more garlic and oregano at any time.

When mix is ready, form into a rounded, oblong, loaf shape and drop into glass loaf pan
(Do NOT pat down to fill pan)
Bake for 45 minutes or so. When just about done …
Remove from oven, drain any grease and pour can of tomato sauce over loaf.
Return to oven for 10 mintes or so.

Mashed Potatoes

3-4 medium white or Yukon gold potatoes
Peel, wash, and cut into pieces
Boil in salted water – just enough to cover potatoes
When boiling, reduce heat and let go 20-30 mintues or so
When done, drain water.
Add salt, pepper, 1-2 tblspoons of butter and 1/4 cup of milk
Mash with hand masher or with portable beater. Do not over beat.

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