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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Flavorful Family Meatloaf, Baked Stuffed Potatoes & Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Flavorful Family Meatloaf
Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association

2 pounds ground beef, 80% lean
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 1/4 ounces corn kernels, drained and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup soft bread crumbs
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup barbecue sauce

Sprinkle chili powder, salt and pepper over ground beef. Add corn, onion, bread crumbs, eggs, bell pepper and barbecue sauce, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape beef mixture into 10 × 4-inch loaf. Place meatloaf on rack in shallow roasting pan. Bake in 350 degrees F (moderate) oven 1 1/2 hours or until cooked through. Cut loaf into slices and spoon salsa over slices.

Baked Stuffed Potatoes

Servings: 10
Source: Culinary Fundamentals
Copyright: Prentice Hall

3 3/4 pounds Baking potatoes (10 whole)
6 fluid ounces Milk, hot
4 ounces Unsalted butter
2 each Egg yolk
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper, ground

1.    Pierce the potatoes with a kitchen fork or paring knife, Bake in a 425°F oven until very tender and cooked through, about 1 hour.
2.    Slice away the tops of the potatoes and scoop out the flesh while it is still very hot. Reserve the potato skins. While the potato flesh is still hot, purée it through a food mill or potato ricer into a heated bowl.  
3.    Add the milk to the potatoes and mix until just incorporated.
4.    Add 3 ounces of the butter, the egg yolks, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
5.    Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and pipe back into the skins. Dot the remaining butter on top of each potato. Bake at 425°F, until the tops are lightly browned and the potatoes are very hot, about 10 minutes. Serve.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
2 1/2 pounds broccoli (or 2 big bunches)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 pound bacon, crisp fried and crumbled

1.    Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar and set aside.
2.    Cut broccoli into florets and combine in large bowl with cheese and bacon. Toss with mayonnaise dressing.
3.    Cover and chill overnight before serving.

Not sure what to do with the leftovers, either make your own TV dinners by placing a paperplate with all the dishes into a freezer bag.  Don't forget to label what is in it & date.  These are great for those nights where you don't have time to cook before the game, but you do have time to reheat in the microwave.  Plus everyone gets to have something different.


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