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.
- 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.