|Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes|
Undaunted, I proceeded to make the recipe. It was one I have been wanting to try for a long time.
You need to allow yourself at least 2 hours to prepare and bake the meatloaf. Start by sauteing finely diced onions, carrots, celery, garlic and peppers together. The veggie mixture cools for at least an hour. I cooked mine the day before and removed them from the fridge when I was ready to use them. In a large mixing bowl you mix well the ground beef, ground pork, veggie mixture, spices, bread crumbs, ketchup, and half and half. You shape the mixture into a large loaf and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let the meat loaf cool for 20 minutes before slicing.
As the meatloaf is baking it has a wonderful aroma. Even my picky eater daughter wanted to know what smelled soo good. I told her it was my meatloaf. To which she responded she MAY give it a try.
After the meatloaf cooled for 20 minutes, the taste test began. In my opinion, it was the best meatloaf I ever tasted - so moist and flavorful. Three out of the four kids ate it and the ratings ranged from ok to very good:) Not too bad. This recipe is a keeper in my book.
3 tablespoons butter
|Freshly Chopped Veggies|
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 pounds lean ground beef chuck
12 ounces ground sausage
3/4 cup fine fresh bread crumbs, toasted
1. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet, then add the onion, scallion, carrots, celery bell peppers and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the moisture from the vegetables has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool; then cover and refrigerated until chilled, at least 1 hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
4. Form the mixture into a loaf, approximately 12x5x2 1/2 inches, on a baking sheet. Bake until cooked through (or 160 degress F on a meat thermometer), about 1 hour. Let rest 20 minutes before slicing.
Makes 8 servings
|Loaf 12x5x2 1/2 inches|
|Slice of Lenny's Meatloaf|