Friday, January 15, 2010

Yummy Bold Meatloaf (& it freezes great)

Meatloaf (which Joe said he never liked until he had mine : )

1 lb lean beef or ground turkey
1 pks Spicy Italian chicken sausage (Trader Joes. If you cant find this, use whatever you can find & add some dried crushed red peppers to kick it up – Ground Turkey also works well)
1 pk sweet or original or Italian chicken sausage (original pork sausage will work too)

Worcestershire Sauce
Bread Crumbs (oats or crushed croutons are fine substitutes – you just need enough to balance the moisture and help bind)
Egg White Beaters (or a normal egg if you aren’t worried about cholesterol)
Minced onion
Dry or normal mustard

IF you don’t like veggies, don’t have any or are in a rush, this meatloaf is great without them too, but we love veggies and always want them in everything so….

As for veggies, sometimes I chop, sometimes mince, sometimes purée. I use whatever of the following that I have on hand, I use this as an opportunity to clean out the fridge.
(total about 1.5 to 2 cups):
Red cabbage

NOW, if you sauté the veggies you DON’T need as much of the breadcrumbs because you will have already cooked out a lot of excess moisture. I’ve done it both ways; it’s just about time and mood. Also sautéing does change the flavors of the veggies.

This is supposed to be a semi spicy meatloaf, so if you didn’t include spicy sausage, then I suggest putting BBQ sauce on top of the meatloaf. Trader Joes is pretty bold so I mix with ketchup. If you used spicy sausage you don’t need to put anything on top, unless you’d like to.

This meatloaf goes GREAT with baked sweet potatoes

I haven't been able to bead much this past week, Aiden has been sick with a cold. Here is a piece I did get done and plan to post tonight.

Oh and here are the kiddos

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