Unfortunately, I wasn't able to post a recipe yesterday because I had the flu -- the can't lift your head up, feel like you're going to die kind of flu.  My dinner therefore consisted of jello and crackers, and I went ahead and made the assumption that you probably wouldn't want to make the same thing. 

The good news is, I'm feeling much better today, so comfort food week is back on!
The Main Dish
Even though I posted a meatloaf recipe last week, I felt like I couldn't have comfort food week without meatloaf and mashed potatoes, so I'm providing another great meatloaf recipe idea for two.  However, this time I'm putting a unique spin on the traditional recipe -- barbecue sauce!    

The Side Dish
I'll be serving the barbecue meatloaf with the ultimate comfort food side dish -- mashed potatoes.
Barbecue Meatloaf
Total Time: 35 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

What you'll need
1/2 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg
1/3 cup crushed seasoned croutons 

2 additional tablespoons barbecue sauce
1 additional tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together milk and egg; add crushed croutons.  Mix well. 
3. Combine crouton mixture, ground beef, 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.  Mix well. 

4. Form mixture into 2 loaves (I love the idea of individual meatloaves.  They are perfect when cooking for two)!
5. Place loaves on a greased baking sheet.
6. For the glaze, whisk together 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl.  
7. Brush glaze over each loaf. 
8. Bake for 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F.
9. Let loaves rest for about 5 minutes before serving. 

Mashed Red Potatoes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

What you'll need
1/2 pound red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup milk, warmed
1 tablespoon butter, softened
Garlic salt and pepper, to taste

1. Cook potatoes in a pot of boiling water until tender (about 15 minutes). 
2. Drain potatoes; return to pot, stirring over low heat for 1 minute. 
3. Mash potatoes with a hand masher until desired consistency.  Stir in milk and butter; season with garlic salt and pepper.  Serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Cuisine at Home Magazine

05/02/2012 04:07

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06/25/2012 07:17

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06/18/2012 06:39

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06/25/2012 07:19

Thanks for your kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my post. I definitely know what you mean about it being difficult to find time to cook, write and post. Sometimes life gets a little too hectic, but all we can do is try our best!


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