THE Meatloaf Everyone Loves


This meatloaf could not be any easier to make & best of all – Seriously! Everyone LOVES it! Even those picky eaters that think they don’t like meatloaf, well I have proven to them that meatloaf is delish!!! If you already love meatloaf, try this one! It’s is so easy to throw together and with just a few ingredients you will have one of the best meatloaves you’ve ever had.

I love meatloaf, but I think that a meatloaf sandwich the next day may be one of my favorites! Especially with the ketchup glaze on this meatloaf. Throw some cheese on there. Eat it cold or even better, grilled!

So we like this sweet, tangy ketchup glaze on our meatloaf, BUT this meatloaf would be equally delish without any glaze and served with brown gravy.

This is the easiest, most delish meatloaf you & your family will love! Simple ingredients & Simple to make!
Preheat oven to 375

Ingredients for the meatloaf:
2 lbs 85% fat ground beef
1 box chicken flavored stove top stuffing mix (use reduced sodium)
1 envelope of dried onion soup mix
1 cup water
2 eggs, beaten

Instructions:
In a Large bowl mix the stuffing mix, dried onion mix & water
Let sit for 5-10 minutes, to soften everything up
Add the beaten eggs and mix well

The Meatloaf Everyone Loves
Add the ground beef to the bowl
*When adding the ground beef, carefully tear it apart into chunks first – then mix thoroughly. I like put gloves on and use my hands to really get in there!

When mixed through, transfer to a 9×13 baking dish or sheet pan and shape into a loaf approx 8″ x 12″ – I flatten it out a little, so there is more surface area for the yummy sauce.

Make indents along the top with your fingers. I like doing this so some of the sauce seeps into the loaf
The Meatloaf Everyone Loves

To make the sauce/glaze:

In a small bowl add:
1 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp worcestershire sauce

Mix well until smooth, make sure there are no brown sugar lumps.

It should be a little sweet, a little tangy. Taste and adjust to your liking.

Sweet & Tangy Sauce to Top The Meatloaf Everyone Loves
Evenly spread HALF of the sauce over the top of the loaf and let it drip down the sides.

Bake for 30 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven & spread the remaining sauce over the meatloaf.

Return to oven. Bake for another 30-40 minutes.

Time may vary depending on how thick your loaf is. I go ahead and cut it in half and check for doneness. If there is still some pink in there continue baking, checking every 5 minutes until baked through.
The Meatloaf Everyone Loves

Let it set for about 10 minutes before slicing into it. Cover with a foil tent if not serving right away.

Serve with your family’s favorite sides, like mac & cheese, baked or mashed potatoes. Rice pilaf. Broccoli or corn. Side salad. Those are some of our favorites!

Enjoy!!!

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My Favorite “F” Word


MY FAVORITE F WORD
TGIF & MY FAVORITE “F” WORD IS… WHAT IS YOURS?

Happy Friday My Friends (also another favorite “f” word) I hope everyone is enjoying a nice fun filled Summer! Sorry I have been slacking on the posts. It’s been so hot & humid I have had no desire to do much cooking and baking, forget about it,  totally out of the question!

What are your “go to” dinners when the weather is on the warmer side? We’ve been doing a lot of grilling. Cold sandwiches. Salads. Take out…

I can’t wait for cooler weather so I can start cooking & baking again!!! I think that is the real reason Fall is my favorite season. HEY! Another favorite “F” word! Fall 🙂

I promise to post soon!!! I have some recipes I am wanting to share, just need the photos to go along with the posts – which means actually cooking – so SOON! I promise!!!

Enjoy the rest of your summer & let’s all celebrate the kids going BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

Cheers!!!
-Pam

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad


This is the pasta salad that I make the most for my family, because everyone chows it down! It’s super easy to make and if you and your family love deviled eggs or egg salad, I really think that you will enjoy this particular pasta salad as much as we do.

Another bonus, I always have the ingredients on hand, so that is another reason it’s my “go to” pasta salad.

Of course you could tweak it, too. A little bacon crumbled over the top wouldn’t be a bad thing. I use dill pickle relish because that is what our family likes, but if you prefer sweet pickle relish you certainly can use that. Coarsely chop up some baby dills or gherkins to make the pickle more prominent.  I use the brine from the sweet relish jar, to give it some sweet twang. You could always use vinegar. If you use dressing instead of mayo, I won’t judge! Play around with it. Use the ingredients that you like to use when you make deviled eggs. To me, this recipe just has a great balance.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
1 pound Cavatappi Pasta ( I used half bow ties & half medium shells, because that is what I had on hand when I made this )
6 Large Hard Boiled  Eggs, chopped*
2 cups Mayo
3 Tbsp Yellow Mustard ( a mix of yellow & dijon is also yummy! )
1/3 cup Dill Pickle Relish
2 Tbsp Sweet Pickle Juice
1 tsp Sugar
Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
Paprika for garnish

Optional for those that don’t have picky eaters:
1/2 cup Finely Chopped Vidalia Onion
1/2 cup Finely Chopped Celery

Cook your pasta in salted water until al dente.
Drain and let cool in the strainer, but do not rinse with cold water
In a large bowl add the mayo, mustard, dill relish, sweet relish brine, sugar & chopped eggs ( onion & celery if using )
Mix thoroughly. Add pasta to the mixture and give it a good mix.
Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
You could add more sugar, too if you find that it is too tart or tangy.
Transfer the pasta to your serving bowl and evenly sprinkle the top with paprika

Cover and place in fridge until completely cooled and ready to serve.

Enjoy!!!

*If you are looking for a “no fail” way to prepare hard boiled eggs, this is what I do:

Place eggs in a small pot ( one that has a lid ) and cover eggs with water.
Bring to a boil, uncovered. Turn the heat off and cover the pot with a lid.
Set a timer for 20 minutes and leave the pot of eggs alone.
In a medium size bowl add 6 ice cubes and about 3 cups of cold water.
When the timer goes off, with the lid on the pot, drain the hot water off of the eggs.
Give the eggs a good shake with the lid still on the pot, to crack the shells.
Drop the eggs into the ice water and let sit for 10 minutes.
Peel the eggs while holding them under the water.

To easily chop the eggs, use a cooling rack.
Place the rack over a bowl and press the eggs down through the grates.
Easy, breezy & you’ll never chop eggs any other way 🙂