Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Comfort me with ... meatloaf

Last weekend, I wanted to cook. For my friends. Something comforting, easy and full of flavor. Meatloaf, mashies and green beans came to mind. It seemed only natural to want to recreate the giddy pleasure I'd felt when I sat down to the ever-popular Blue Plate version not too long ago.

Here you see 2 pounds of organic, grass-fed ground beef with 1 pound of ground pork sausage (after all, you gotta have some fat to ensure a moist and flavorful loaf), dotted with chopped onion and red pepper, crushed tomatoes, flavored with lotsa smoky BBQ sauce, a couple dashes of Worcestershire, a huge handful of crushed crackers to loosen the loaf plus a couple of eggs to bind it together, and finally generous amounts of salt and pepper to season it up.

Heavenly aromas wafted from the kitchen as the loaf bubbled and cooked.

Buttery, fluffy yukon gold mashed potatoes and green beans basted in garlicky olive oil and more butter helped take this dish over the top.

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