Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mamma's Meatloaf

I love meatloaf! One of our family favorites is "Mamma's Meatloaf". My daughters just devour it. Mamma's meatloaf has been a favorite for when we have made a meal for family friends if they just had a baby, surgury, etc. My MOPS group has loved this recipe when we have delivered meals. It is a really simple recipe and good for when you are wanting to make alot, freezing it and then pulling it out for a later meal.

Mamma's Meatloaf
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground beef
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (may substitute your own sweetner)
1 1/2 teaspoon mustard

In a bowl, mix egg and milk together. Stir in the cheese, oats, chopped onion, and salt. Add the beef and mix well. I personally mix all of it together with my hands so that it gets well distributed. When well mixed, shape into individual meatloaves, place in a glass baking dish.

In a separate bowl, mix ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Make sure that the brown sugar is not too lumpy in the ketchup and mustard. Spoon the mixture over the meatloaves. The brown sugar will melt and carmelize.

Bake uncovered at 350F for 45-55 minutes. We like our meatloaves a little more well done so that the ketchup mixture caramelizes a little longer.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Broccoli + Cauliflower Salad

Many times last year, after my husband played hockey, the teams and their families would tailgate in the parking lot of the ice skating rink. We would grill chicken, hamburger, and hot dogs. Many times the wives would bring different salads, so that we could try new recipes.

One of our favorite salads that we made was a broccoli + cauliflower salad. I must admit, broccoli and cauliflower are not one of my most favorite vegetables to eat, but my husband and daughters just love it. I learned during the course of the hockey pitch-ins that a lot of the families enjoyed it as well. So I made it a staple of the hockey grill outs.

One thing that you might want to note is that this is not a "sweet" salad. My husband tends to like dishes (or salad dressings) that might be a little sour to ones taste.

1 large head broccoli - cut up in nice size pieces
1 large head of cauliflower - cut up in nice size pieces
1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced and chopped
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 T cider vinegar
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled (we place this on top of the salad right before we are getting ready to serve the salad)

Clean, trim and chop broccoli and cauliflower into a large bowl. Add the red onion and sunflower seeds.

Mix together mayonnaise, and cider vinegar; stirring until smooth. Pour dressing over salad. Cover and refrigerate.

Top with bacon bits before serving.