Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Home Style Meal

I didn't have much to work with yesterday since I hadn't gone grocery shopping, so I was limited with what I could make. After checking the pantry and freezer, I decided to take out the lb. of lean ground beef to defrost. Now, what to make??
Well, thankfully I had some potatoes, and also in the freezer, frozen cut green beans and a few slices of bacon. With those ingredients on hand, the only thing that came to my mind was something home"styley"... Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans with bacon. To cut down on cooking time, I made mini meatloaves.
My mother-in-law gave me a nifty little mini loaf pan with 4 compartments. I love the thing!

Mini Meat Loaves (for 2)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
    1/4 cup diced onions
    1 clove of garlic minced
    2 Tbs. fresh basil chopped
    1 tsp. oregano
    3 Tbs. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    1 egg
    3 dashes of milk (maybe 3 tbs???)
    1/3 cup bread crumbs
    coarse salt and pepper

    For the glaze:
    4 Tbs. tomato sauce
    1 tsp brown sugar
    1 squirt Dijon mustard

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    combine all meat loaf ingredients into a bowl with hands. Shape into 2 individual loaves, or use mini loaf pans.

    Combine glaze ingredients together and spread on the top of meat loaves. Cook in oven for 30 minutes.

    Mashed Potatoes

    3 med. Yukon gold
    3 Tbs. unsalted butter
    1/4 cup milk
    Salt and pepper

    Cut potatoes into 2 inch chunks and put in pot with cold water (about 2 inches above potatoes). Bring to boil for about 15-20 minutes until fork tender. Drain potatoes, and return to pot. Add butter, milk and salt and pepper. Use a hand mixer (or a masher) and mix together.

    Green Beans

    1 1/2 cup frozen cut green beans (defrosted a bit)
    3 slices of bacon
    1 clove of garlic
    salt and pepper

    Saute bacon in pan until almost done add green beans and bacon, continue to saute for 3-6 minutes until beans are heated through and but not soggy, and bacon is crisp.


~Amber~ said...

Looks great. It is always nice to have a homestyle meal evey now and again.

Deborah said...

Aw, mini anything is always cuter! Those green beans look great too!