Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meat Loaf With Stuff Mashed Potatoes

Meatloaf Time!!! "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" is the first single by the American musician Meat Loaf in his solo career. It is a track off his 1977 album" Bat Out of Hell', written by Jim Steinman.

I know this singing group has nothing to do with a meatloaf recipe. I just give the group a plug and added it because it's one of my favorite singing group of all times.

Back to meatloaf  recipe..... Did you know in 2007, meatloaf was voted the seventh-favorite dish in the United States according to Good Housekeeping?

During the Great Depression, cooking meatloaf was a way to stretch the food budget for families, using an inexpensive type of meat and ingredients like bell peppers, eggs, onions and bread crumbs to  give it superior binding and consistency.

The meatloaf is normally served warm as part of the main course, but can also be found sliced as a cold cut. Meatloaf can also be considered a typical comfort food and is served in many diners and restaurants today with brown gravy and peas.

It seems everyone has a recipe for meatloaf, but the best one, is the one you prepare for your family with love and care.

The meatloaf, I am posting today is garnished with lots of crispy bacon and stuffed inside with buttery mashed potatoes and fresh parsley.

Meatloaf maybe also garnished with plain ketchup or a meatloaf sauce. my mother garnished her meatloaf with mashed potatoes, drizzling it with a small amount of butter and cheese and place in oven to brown.

Potatoes Recipe:

2 large white potatoes cut into chunks

2 cups water with 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cook potatoes to tender and pour water off and place in a medium bowl

Mash them and add 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4 cup warm milk and set aside
Meat Loaf  Recipe:

1 1/2   lb  ground beef { 80% lean}
3/4    cup Progresso Italian style bread crumbs or plain bread crumbs
1/2    cup tomato juice

1/4    cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup green bell pepper

1/4 cup red bell pepper

2    eggs   beaten

4 slices cooked chopped bacon

Salt and black pepper to can always test a pinch of raw meat or meatloaf mixture for seasoning.

By placing it in a micowave oven about a second or two... with this method you can add more seasons if needed.{ I like a lot of black pepper in mine}

Heat oven to 350°F.

Make potatoes as directed.  In large bowl mix meat loaf ingredients until well blended. Firmly press half of beef mixture into pan add spoon potatoes over beef mixture about 1/4 inch edges adding fresh chopped parsley on top of potatoes.

Spoon remaining beef mixture over potatoes; press gently bacon on top.   Bake 60 to 65 minutes or meat thermometer inserted in center of loaf reads 160°F. Let loaf stand 10 minutes.