Wednesday, December 28, 2011


This time of year, when you feel like you have been going a mile a minute, cooked everything possible you know how to cook and entertained until you feel like you might actually fall asleep standing up, it is good to get back to the basics.  This is what I was thinking yesterday after two days of feeling brain dead from Christmas and thought of just the meal to make me feel normal again....meatloaf and mac 'n cheese!!  Now I realized that not everyone is a meatloaf fan and I get it....there is something not natural about shaping beef into a loaf form but lets be honest, it is freaking amazing and for me there is nothing better on a cold, rainy day.  As previously stated, my mental capacity for making this was fairly limited and my desire to do anything fancy (like actually look up a recipe) led me to call for counsel from my two favorite meatloaf aunt Marguerite and my friend Libby.  With my grocery list in my head (I realize what a gamble that was) and my stomach already growling I headed off to the store.  After getting a little overwhelmed at the fact that I had three impulse buys in my basket and not one thing that was included in the meatloaf I wanted to make, I quickly rushed to get my ingredients and settled for a box of Kraft Mac 'N Cheese instead of making my own (not a sorry substitute if you ask me).  FInally, my comfort food was in the oven, I was wearing my most comfortable pajamas and I was snugged up on the couch with my puppy.  It was just the night I needed and exactly what I had wanted!!  Since I knew such a craving would possibly hit me again in the coming weeks I opted to make a large batch which would make three small meatloafs, allowing me to freeze two of them for a later "emergency"!

Homemade Meatloaf

2 pounds lean ground beef (as Libby told me, make sure it is really lean otherwise your meatloaf will be far too greasy)
1 onion, diced
1 egg
2 cups crushed Ritz crackers
1 jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 cup ketchup, divided
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Tony's Chachere Seasoning
Combine beef, onion, egg, crackers, mushrooms, 1/2 cup ketchup, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Creole seasoning.  
Mix with your hands.  
Shape into a loaf form in a greased pan.  
Cover dish with foil and cook for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  
Remove foil, top with remaining ketchup and bake for an additional 15 or until done.  
Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.  Serve with mac 'n cheese and fried okra for best results!
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