Saturday, December 1, 2007

Oh, the weather outside....

is frightful.

Frightfully freezing.

It's time to whip up some comfort food. Here is one of my specialties...

I'll include the real recipe, but also include my cheats for when I'm feeling lazy.

Meatloaf Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes and Cheddar

For the Mashed Potatoes:
1 lb russet potatoes, peeled.
kosher salt/pepper
1 tbsp butter
1/4c milk

Boil potatoes until soft (about 25 mins). Mash them coarsely with a potato masher or fork, blending in the butter. Mix in the milk, as needed. Season with S+P.

When I am feeling particularly lazy, I buy the instant potatoes and it works like a charm.

For the Meatloaf (I've used ground beef and ground turkey- both are great!)

1 lb ground beef, turkey, chicken (you pick)
3/4 c plain bread crumbs
1 small minced onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1/3 c ketchup
1 egg beaten
1tsp Tabasco
2-3 oz of sliced cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a large loaf pan or a high sided sheet pan. In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, egg, Tabasco, s+p. On a sheet of foil, pat out the meat into a 10 by 10 inch square. Arrange the cheese slices over the meet, leaving a narrow border all around. Spoon mashed potatoes in an even layer over the cheese. Using the foil as a guide, fold one side of the meet up over the other, and press down to seal. Gently form into a loaf shape. Place meat loaf in prepared pan, seam side down and brush lightly with olive oil. Bake for about 45 mins.(when I'm feeling particularly lazy, I layer the beef in the bottom, put mashed on top, cheese on top of that, and then spread more beef over the top. Tastes just as great with a little less work). ENJOY! :)

I'm off to a reunion with some great friends who have moved away. I made a lazy girl's lasagna, but I could really go for some of this meatloaf now.

Happy Saturday!

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