I felt like some comfort food today. Given that my new year's resolution was to build meals around what I have in the fridge/freezer/pantry, I looked in the freezer and found some grass-fed beef and happy Italian sausage (I love Whole Foods - their meat standards program is amazing). So, I decided to make meatloaf and cheesy mashed potatoes. The potato recipe is really nothing special - the only thing that makes it amazing is the Cabot 75% reduced-fat cheddar. God, this post is reading like a freaking ad, but I'm serious - this stuff is amazing. It quite literally melts like full-fat cheese. SO WORTH the extra $$. Every time I buy a different reduced fat cheese I regret it heartily.
Anyway, here's the meatloaf recipe:
Sleevey's Seriously Yummy Meatloaf
1 T olive oil
~ 1 t crushed garlic
a few shakes of dehydrated onion
1 lb 7% fat grass-fed beef
2/3 lb mild Italian sausage
salt and pepper
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1/3 + 1/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (I made them for the first time from some stale bread I'd frozen - so easy!)
2 eggs, beaten
Heat oven to 350. Saute the garlic and onion in olive oil and cool until touch-able. Knead together all of the ingredients (except the last 1/4 c ketchup) in a large bowl. Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray. Press meat mixture into dish, spread the last 1/4 c ketchup on top. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Makes about 12 servings.