Neither my husband nor myself have a very adventurous palette. I taught myself how to cook, so I have perfected foods that you'd find in our small town cafe.
I sometimes think I need to expand my abilities, but then my children ask for their favorites, so that is what I make. After eating my classic comfort dinners it is hard to find reason to expand into the unknown. My dishes are really good. My kid's say I am the best cook in the world...can't argue with that!
So tonight I offer you Mini Meatloaves. One of my son's favorite meals. I was not thinking I would write a post about this recipe until I was almost done, so I don't have pictures along the way...sorry
Here is my meat loaf recipe.
1lb each of ground beef and turkey
1/2 small onion
1 celery stalk
10-12 baby carrots
1/4 cup milk
1 cup rice chex
1 can tomato paste
Preheat oven to 350.
In food processor pulverize the rice chex, adding whatever seasonings you prefer. (we use Montreal steak, Parmesan, garlic salt & pepper)
Dump that out into a large dish for baking. Throw the onion, carrots, and celery, into the food processor, chop till little tiny pieces. Not mush, but about the size of peanuts.
Dump that into the dish with crumbs. In a bowl mix egg and milk, them poor over veggie mixture.
Now add the meat to the dish and get your hands dirty. (ya might wanna remove jewelry and wash hands first)
You really wanna mix it up good, specially the two types of meat. Once mixed well, form into equal sized smushed balls. Top with a little tomato paste. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes check for doneness, should be no pink in the inside of the fattest loaf. If still pink in center cook a little longer covered. Once no longer pink---Uncover and bake for an additional 15-30 minutes depending on how 'crispy' you like your loaves to be.
*TIP* I use the giant (throw away) foil turkey roasters to mix and cook my meatloaf in for several reasons:
I always drain the grease out 1/2 way through cooking.
- They are always free with coupons at my grocery store
- They are big enough to mix all the stuff up in
- No clean up
- I can bend one end into a point to drain all the grease out.
Serve with cheesey mashed tators and steamed veggies. My kids love this meal and always ask for seconds. What are some of your children's favorite meals? What is one of your classic diner/cafe dish?
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
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