Mmm Mmm Meatloaf

I love when my mommy wants me to make meatloaf. I like meatloaf. A lot. But I don’t like when “weird” things are done to it. I’ve made it a number of ways over the years, but this is my favorite!

Ingredients:

1lb ground beef

1/2lb ground pork

1 egg

1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup seasoned panko

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 packet Lipton French Onion Soup

Topping:

1/4 cup cheddar cheese

1//4 cup parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons bread crumbs (panko or regular)

We use pork and ground beef to make it a bit bigger because we love meatloaf, and because it’s kind of a bit healthier. We use lean ground beef as well. The nice part about using the seasoned bread crumbs as well as the french onion soup, is that there is no need for extra seasoning! It’s already done for you!

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Use your hands and just enough to combine all of the ingredients as evenly as possible.

2. I put the bowl in the fridge to marinate for the afternoon. You can skip this step and go right to baking. Pre-heat your oven to 350.

3. Spray a baking dish with non-stick or some olive oil. Place the meat in the dish and press out until it is about an inch and a half thick.

4. Sprinkle the cheeses and bread crumbs on top of the loaf. Cover with foil.

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5. Bake for about 30 minutes and remove the foil. Bake uncovered to melt and crisp up the cheese for another 10-15.

6. Remove, slice and ENJOY!

Pair with my Favorite Mashed Potatoes or Garlic Parm Baked Potatoes and fresh veggies! OH and don’t forget the Homemade Apple Sauce!

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Throw Together Hash

Obviously school has started again. My posting has once again become sporadic. I’m hoping to change that now that I am in more of a routine. The other day I had no classes and spent the day running errands with dad. I had promised mom I would make dinner, and I couldn’t take that back. I had pulled out ground beef that morning with no idea what I was going to do with it. We had finally had some green peppers come in, so I plucked one of them. We had an onion in the fridge, some left over breakfast sausage and potatoes. So, in true Anna fashion, I threw it all together.

Ingredients:

1lb lean ground beef- you can substitute turkey, pork or any combination of ground meat really

Breakfast sausage links- optional, we had some left over from our big Sunday breakfast

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 rough chopped onion

1 small green pepper- I would have used a red and yellow as well if we had had them!

3-4 medium sized red potatoes

Herbs/Seasonings of your choice

Sour Cream/Cheese as optional toppings

1. In a large pan, brown the ground beef with Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, basil, garlic powder, parsley on medium-high heat.

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2. While the beef is browning, chop your vegetables.

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3. Boil the potatoes until cooked through. They just won’t cook in the pan.

4. Throw in your chopped onion, pepper, and cut up breakfast sausage with the beef. Turn the stove down to medium-low, stir and cover. Check and stir every few minutes to keep from burning on the bottom.

5. After the potatoes are done cooking, strain and add to the pan. Mix in, and let them hang out with the rest of the hash for a few minutes to pick up the flavor.

Serve in a bowl with toppings like sour cream and cheese. This is obviously a super flexible dish. You could add lots of different veggies, eat it in a tortilla- what ever floats your boat. My dad was afraid of it, and then had 3 helpings. haha.

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