Meatloaf (not usually a fan, but this is a keeper!) with Mashed Potatoes & Carrots

Meatloaf (not usually a fan, but this is a keeper!) with Mashed Potatoes & Carrots

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This recipe is courtesy of Miranda Lambert. Yes, the country singer. I found this recipe a few months ago and decided to give it a try. I’m usually not interested in meatloaf. Let’s face it…. a loaf of meat….. who really wants that? But, this recipe changed my thoughts of meatloaf. Give it a try. You’ll LOVE it!

Miranda Lambert’s Mom’s Meatloaf

2 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. ground breakfast sausage (I used turkey sausage)
1/2 sleeve finely crushed saltines or Ritz crackers
2 eggs
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
1/2 of a finely chopped onion

Topping:

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar (I like to use more than this…. about 1/2 cup or so)

Mix all above ingredients together (best option: dig in with both hands…. clean of course). Put into a baking dish (casserole or loaf style).

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. A little advice, place your baking dish onto a cookie sheet in case any grease drips out during the cooking process. Prepare topping while baking.

After baking, pour grease off of loaf. Spread topping over meat generously. (If using a large pan you may need extra; use ratio above). Place the pan back in the oven for 15 minutes to bake. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting.

Homemade Mashed Potatoes  (serves about 3)

3 potatoes, peeled and sliced
salt/pepper
2 TB butter
3-4 TB mayo

Place peeled & sliced potatoes in a pot of cold water. Bring water to a boil, and add salt. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until soft. Mash with a potato masher or whip them with a handheld mixer. Add butter and mayo, and add salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.

Sauteed Carrots

I like to use the whole carrots and peel and slice them in little diagonals (about 1/4 inch thick). I steam them for about 4-5 minutes (soft but not mushy). After I steam them, I like to saute them to add some flavor. Here’s where the flavor comes from…. In a pan, heat about 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add some fresh chopped garlic and saute it for a minute. Add the steamed carrots to the pan then add about 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste.

If you prefer your carrots softer, simply boil them about 2-4 minutes before sauteeing them.

Coupons available for this meal: sausage (coupons.com link to the right)

Food Lion Weekly Specials for this Meal (11/6/13-11/12/13):   ground beef, potatoes, carrots, sausage   View here…..

Harris Teeter Weekly Specials for this Meal (11/6/13-11/12/13): ground beef, potatoes, carrots   View here…..

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