Basic Meatloaf

This is my recipe for basic meatloaf. You can add all kinds of things to it and swap out ingredients for other flavors you might be wanting. Pretty easy and quick.

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup onions, diced, sauted and cooled
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon deli mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together egg, bread crumbs, worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons ketchup, onion, mustard, garlic powder and pepper. Gently mix in meat, don’t squish it together, it will make it tough. Shape meatloaf mixture in a baking dish making sure it’s large enough for 2 inches around each side of the meatloaf so the heat will cook it evenly and the grease will have a place to go. Cover with the 1/2 cup ketchup and bake for 45 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Substitutions: you can use BBQ sauce instead of the ketchup and add 1/2 cup grated cheese to make a cheese burger meatloaf.

Or you can add diced carrots and celery and mushrooms, sauted and cooled first, to the original mixture for more veggies in the mix.

You can also add 1/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon and 1/4 cup cheese to the mixture for something different.

My mom always put a couple cloves into the top of the meatloaf before cooking and then removed them before cooking and it added an interesting flavor. If you would like to try this I would recommend mixing in 1/8, or just a sprinkle, of ground cloves to the mixture before you mix in the meat.

You can use ground pork, chicken or turkey if you like but the cooking times will be a little different and you will need to check it often to make sure it doesn’t get over cooked. Or you can use 1/2 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound ground pork for a juicer meatloaf.

This recipe also makes great meat balls, just add 1 tablespoon milk and mix in before you add the meat. Roll into balls and brown in a skillet or bake in the oven on a sheet pan for 15-20 minutes in a 350 oven. Or you can throw them in a crock pot with a tomato sauce and cook on low for 4 hours.

Fast BBQ Chili Mac and Cheese

Yeah, junk food. I know it. But it doesn’t have to be all junk. If you put enough veggies in it it doesn’t count as junk. Or at least not as much. LOL!

Ingredients:
1 box mac and cheese
1 pound hamburger
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup onions, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained as much as possible
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup grated cheese

Boil pasta. While that is boiling brown the hamburger. Drain and saute the onions, red bell pepper and celery. Once the pasta is cooked make as per package instructions. Stir in hamburger, kidney beans, onions, red bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, BBQ sauce and cheese. You can serve this with a salad if you like.

Note: This is a great way to get your kids to eat more veggies. You can also pulse the veggies (not the tomatoes) in the food processor to chop them into smaller, less noticeable, pieces. And this is very tasty too so even if you’re not a kid but you like mac and cheese you will like this.

Birthdays

Usually for our birthdays I make something special. This year not so much. For my husband’s birthday we didn’t do anything since he was at a concert with his brother. My sister’s birthday we had a party but it was at a friend’s house and they cooked. Other than icing the cake (and as a cake decorator I’m expected to) I didn’t do anything. Ok, I made a side dish (I will post it, I promise) but it wasn’t much. For my birthday last year I made my Super Salmon and I made it again for our anniversary. This year I have to work so I think I won’t be doing much more than making a crock pot of Slow Cooker BBQ Chili and calling it good.

However next week is my son’s second birthday and while I will be making a cake, at work, my kitchen is almost too small to do it at home, especially with a toddler wanting to “help”, I’m not sure I will make something special for dinner. Maybe, maybe not.

New Slow Cooker Recipes

I’m adding some new slow cooker recipes to my recipe page. I’m going to list them here too if you are short of time.
Slow Cooker Moo Shu Pork
Slow Cooker BBQ Chili
Slow Cooker Mediterranean Pork Roast
Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine
Slow Cooker Easy Chicken Cacciatore
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Stew
Slow Cooker Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder
Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Orange Chicken

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

This is great by itself or in a bun with some cheese or like we ate it, with Killer Coleslaw in the bun with it.

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

2 cups water
1 chicken bullion cube
1 cup BBQ sauce or Ketchup
3-4 pound pork roast, bone in

1 small can tomato paste
3 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon hot sauce

Place pork roast, BBQ sauce or ketchup, 2 cups water and one bullion cube into crock pot and set on high for 6-8 hours. After 6-8 hours drain off liquid and save 1 cup. Mix tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, onion and garlic powder, brown sugar and hot sauce into reserved liquid. Pour over pork and using a couple spoons break apart the pork and stir the sauce into it. Leave on high for 30 minutes before serving.