Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recipe Club - What's Cookin' Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
Today is my Friday!!
So THANKFUL to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow and have off Friday with my hubby.
I'm excited to watch the parade and cook with my mama...
while Ted pheasant hunts with his dad...
I love traditions!
Last night I made Andrea's Pulled Pork and we brought it to my moms to have for dinner while we began Thanksgiving prep.
And as usual, it was delicious!
Speaking of which, I'm linking up with Andrea for Recipe Club!
Today I am sharing one of my favorites... It isn't "my own" recipe, but it sure is delicious!
Brace yourselves...
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Tomato Gravy &
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Compliments of Ree Drummond...aka The Pioneer Woman
Ok so this may be touch or go with most gals... Not everyone LOVES meatloaf.
I know this because I used to be a hater! But when I got her recipe book last year, and saw this I said hmm... this looks quite good actually.
THEN I saw the show she makes it on and I was sold.
So off to the grocery store I went to get the fixins...
Heres what you need to make your very own, I promise your hubby's will love it...
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 4 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • 10 slices thin/regular Bacon

  •       Sauce
  • 1-1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • Tabasco To Taste (I used Worcestershire)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    For the loaf:
    Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

    Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

    With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (I used a baking rack, hah)
    (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)

    Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

    For the sauce:
    Add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.
    Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.
    Mashed Potatoes: (This makes a lot, you can modify easily by halving or quartering the recipe)
          5 pounds Russet Or Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 3/4 cups Butter
  • 1 package (8 Oz.) Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1/2 cup (to 3/4 Cups) Half-and-Half
  • 1/2 teaspoon (to 1 Teaspoon) Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (to 1 Teaspoon) Black Pepper

  • Whipping up your taters:
    Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces that are generally the same size. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 to 35 minutes. When they’re cooked through, the fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost, but not totally, fall apart.
    Drain the potatoes in a large colander. When the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove. Mash the potatoes over low heat, allowing all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.
    Turn off the stove and add 1 ½ sticks of butter, an 8-ounce package of cream cheese and about ½ cup of half-and-half. Mash, mash, mash! Next, add about ½ teaspoon of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and ½ a teaspoon of black pepper.
    Stir well and place in a medium-sized baking dish. Throw a few pats of butter over the top of the potatoes and place them in a 350-degree oven and heat until butter is melted and potatoes are warmed through.

    This is seriously delicious. You will love it . Your husband will love it. Your kids will love it. The dog will love it, the mail-man, your co-workers at work the next day when you heat it up for lunch....I promise.
     It's worth it.
    When I make this, I serve it just as above....Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes... I change up the sides from peas to steamed broccoli or a big salad. It's always a hit. I bought the stuff for it at the grocery store last night and will be making it very soon!

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow !
    Give Away on Friday!!


    1 comment:

    1. You are right, my husband would love this! I've never tried meatloaf with bacon. This just might be what I've been missing all those years with the standard loaf.