Growing up, my mom never made meatloaf. I had it once at a friend of the family’s house and it was covered in peppers and onions and ketchup… GROSS! Being from a southern family, mama gave me “the look” and I choked down the nasty dish and smiled. But it was s0o0o bad! When I got married I realized that there is only so much you can do with hamburger meat and knew it was up to me to make meatloaf taste great. Fortunately enough, my husband was also a meatloaf hater. I’m not even that big a fan of the word “loaf”. Out of all this came……
1 pound ground chuck
1 cup shredded cheese (crumbles work great!)
half a sleeve of ritz crackers, crushed
2 big spoonfuls of mayo
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons mustard
preheat the oven to 350*
dump everything into a big mixing bowl and jump in hands first making sure everything is fully combined. put the mixture into whatever dish you see fit, last night it actually came out looking “loaf-like” but i've been known to make “meat muffins” using my ramekins. into the oven it goes and in ~45 minutes…. you’ve got a marvelous main course my friend ;)
Now, I can't take a bite of meatloaf with out a mashed potato ending, and my husband can't take a mashed potato ending without it being drenched in gravy. So that leads me to my comfort side dish.... mashed potatoes (from a box, don't faint) and milk gravy!
recipe by - anyone who has ever had to make gravy without pan drippings!
Melt 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Once the butter has turned to liquid, sprinkle in a heaping spoonful of flour. Whisk the two together to make sure that all the flour is covered in butter and let it sit until the mixture has browned. Letting it brown will give the illusion that the gravy was made from meat drippings! When it turns brown, whisk in half a cup of milk and half a cup of water. Keep whisking until it starts to boil and thickens up. Add as much or as little freshly ground black pepper and pour over whatever you like!
I usually make garlic bread to go with almost every meal, it is just so easy to make right as the meal is finishing up. But this time I made something different...... may I present to you....
Jim n Nicks Cheese Biscuits
recipe found online and changed... just slightly
1 & 1/2 cups of Self Rising Flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 & 1/4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 egg, beaten
4 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 tspn vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400*
Mix ingredients together with a rubber spatula, and pour into a greased muffin pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until done.
They taste JUST like jim n nicks! I can't wait to buy a mini muffin pan and really make them authentic.
The meal was a couple pleaser, as always.