Asked if there was one meal that my kid would want, what would it be for Sunday Nite Dinner Time? Surf & Turf. Hmmm, not in the cards at 3pm on a Sunday for me (plus, lobster is pricey).

So, we narrowed it down a bit. Second choice? Meatloaf & a baked potato w/ the fixin’s. That is a bit more like it. Between football games I procured stuff & came up w/ a delightful (and completely midwest) meal. This kid has been on the coast way too long to request this kind of meal, right? I thought it would be sushi or mimosa (jk).

The baked potato, that one is a given – 30 mins in foil & then 30 mins out – remember to slather it down w/ olive oil, poke it a bunch w/ a fork (gets aggressions out if nothing else) & then salt / pepper before cooking.

As for the meatloaf:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 diced up carrot
  • 1 diced up stalk of celery
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tblsp pepper

Mix this all together & put in a well greased crock pot. Spread it around so it is all even & whatnot.

Top glaze:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • few dashes of worcestershire
  • few dashes of hot sauce (franks or tabasco)
  • mix up & coat top of meat

Put on LOW for about 7hrs or HI for 4hrs.

Was super skeptical about doing the loaf in crock – I do like me the crusty top part & cooked glaze from oven cooking. Pleasantly surprised at how moist & delicious this was. The veggies should have been chopped up a bit more in this (a food processor would be great for this), but like having some roughage in the loaf as opposed to just solid meat. I give it a solid B at this point & not a BM, yet…

OMG – baked tater. Have never used fresh chives – if you can do so – do so, this made it seem healthy & semi fresh. I found them in “manager special” section for 50 cents! The 30/30 combo worked amazingly well – the skins were perfect. Top w/ sour cream, (real) bacon bits & butter – best thing I’ve had in months!

So, loaf it out. The second best loaf I’ve had in crock next to that salmon loaf – which is in blog, look it up.

Loaf out, P.

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