Sunday, March 21, 2010

Meatloaf & Taters

These recipes came from my latest Southern Living magazine. I made this Saturday night for dinner & it was a hit. I've made meatloaf before but this one was even better! And the mashed potatoes were good, too!

Gonzales Meatloaf

2 lb. ground sirloin
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium sized red onion, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, seeded & chopped*
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese*
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro*
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons hot sauce
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp pepper

*I didn't have the cilantro, so we went w/o it. I also didn't have the monterey jack cheese, so i used what i had, which was about 1 cup shredded parmesan & 1/2 cup shredded mozzerella...it was delicious! And i didn't have the cherry tomatoes, but i did have canned diced tomatoes, so i used about 3 Tablespoons of that!

1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients. Shape into a 9x5 inch loaf & place on a lightly greased rack in a broiler pan (I didn't do this either - i just put it in a casserole dish but shaped it like the loaf. It was fine.)

2. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes; increase oven temperature to 425, and bake 15 to 25 more minutes or until done. Let meatloaf stand 10 minutes before serving.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3.5 pouns Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled & cubed
1 1/4 tsp. salt, divided
1 1/2 cups warm buttermilk
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 tsp. pepper

1. Saute garlic in hot oil in a dutch oven over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add 8 cups water, chicken broth, potatoes & 1/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat & cook 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

2. Drain potatoes & return to dutch oven. Add buttermilk, butter, pepper & remaining 1 tsp salt. Mash potatoes with a large fork or potato masher to desired consistency. Garnish with butter & freshly cracked pepper if desired.

*Note: I didn't think it was that great when i was finished, i added a splash of heavy whipping cream & a dash of salt & it was perfect. :)


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