My Recipes: Hearty Meatloaf & Breakfast Bonanza

It's been pretty cold outside with lots of snow in the last days so I've been leaning towards cooking hearty dishes that are filling, warming and comforting. I hadn't had meatloaf in absolutely forever, and had never cooked one either, so I decided it was time to try. I dug up a fairly simple recipe online and made a couple of tweaks to it then whipped everything up and stuck it in the oven. I was able to use the leftovers for two more meals as well. Here's the ingredients list and a snapshot of the outcomes:

•2 pounds lean ground beef
•1 cup fresh soft bread crumbs
(***I didn't have bread crumbs on hand, so I buttered and seasoned two pieces of bread, toasted them well then finely chopped.)
•1/2 cup finely chopped onion
•1/3 cup milk
•1/3 cup ketchup
•2 eggs, well-beaten
•2 teaspoons salt
•1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
•1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled
(***Didn't have oregano by itself, but I did have dried mixed herbs and used a liberal sprinkling of this.)
•Generous dash of Worcerstershire Sauce
Simply mix everything well in a large bowl then spoon into a well-greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for one hour.
Served drizzled with ketchup alongside salad, baked beans and some German beer just for fun. :)

The next night, I made huge baked potatoes and topped them with crumbled leftover meatloaf, shredded cheese and barbeque sauce. Delicious!
This morning, after a late night last night, I wanted a hearty breakfast and decided on my all-time favorite: fried potatoes and scrambled eggs. I had a leftover baked potatoe and sliced it up then tossed it in the pan with about a tablespoon of EVOO, plenty of Lawry's Seasoning Salt and black pepper. I like the potatoes to get a little crisp so I fry them well. Then I mixed three egg whites with about 1/2 cup of crumbled leftover meatloaf, shredded cheese, cracked sea salt and pepper. I scrambled the mixture in the same pan as I'd used the potatoes and sprinkled some dry herbs into it at the end. Grab yourself a big ole bowl and pile in the potatoes topped with the scrambled eggs, then dig in!

"There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will."
~Robert Frost

1 comment:

  1. Love the Robert Frost quote! Your meat loaf sounds like a success. A good topping I use on occasion is a mixture of ketshup, teaspoon of yellow mustard and a cup of brown sugar. Meat Loaf is true 'Comfort Food'.


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