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Tuesday: Meatloaf Dinner

This meatloaf is no joke. It’s juicy and delicious. This is my Mom’s recipe and it’s a great foundation  - make it once according to the recipe and then make it your own. You can add shredded carrot, fresh herbs, chiles, mmm. It is also a fantastic doubler – and that’s just what we are doing. See instructions below for a quick addition of cheese to make meatballs for use later this week. Care for some lily guilding? Glaze meatloaf with your favorite BBQ sauce 10 minutes before its done.
Serves: 4     Prep: 15     Cooking: 35-40
 

Ingredients

For the Meatloaf
½ cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup milk
2 lbs ground beef
½ lb ground pork
1 cup minced onion or half cup dried minced onion
2 teaspoons dried mustard
½ cup ketchup
2 eggs
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt (1/2 if you used fresh breadcrumbs – and way to go!!)
¾ teaspoon fresh ground pepper For the Beans
1 bag or 3 cups green beans, washed and trimmed
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup sliced almonds
 
For the Potatoes
1 lb new potatoes or small Yukon gold, cut in half
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
 
For Meatballs
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan
1 tablespoon dried Italian herb seasoning
1 ½  teaspoons garlic powder

Instructions

Prep Opportunity
Meatloaf can be assembled and refrigerated in the morning. Remove it from the fridge 20 minutes before baking.
1
Preheat oven to 425º.
2
In a small bowl, soak breadcrumbs with the milk.
3
Mix all meatloaf ingredients, including soaked breadcrumbs, in big bowl with your hands.
4
Pack half of meatloaf mixture into a 9x5x3 lightly oiled loaf pan.
5
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until firm to the touch in the center, reaching internal temp 160º.
6
Meanwhile, select a roasting pan large enough to hold potatoes in one layer without crowding.
7
Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes.Nuke the beans! Either in their bag or in a covered microwave safe bowl with 3 tbls water for 3-4 minutes.Toss beans with butter, salt and almonds
8
Serve all immediately with hot with a little ketchup, hot sauce or BBQ sauce.
9
NOTE: While the meatloaf cooks, add the meatball ingredients to the remaining meatloaf mixture. Roll into 16-20 golfball sized meatball. Place them on a cookie sheet or plate and place in the freezer for 1 hour. Place frozen meatballs in a Ziploc and keep frozen for use later this week.