Recreating Meatloaf

Slowly but surely I am trying to change my eating habits.  I an helping a friend learn how to cook who is very health conscious.  This time I made a meatloaf.  The old me would use hamburger and maybe regular italian sausage.  This time I used ground turkey, turkey italian sausage and a little bit of ground beef.  I had put a little bit in it.

I must say it came out excellent!  I like the McCormick seasoning pack for meat loaf and you know I add my own stuff.

Ingredients

1lb. Ground Turkey

3 links Turkey Italian Sausage

1/4 lb ground beef

onions, bell pepper – 1/4 each – chopped

4 cloves of fresh garlic

2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Meat Loaf Seasoning

1 Egg

1/4 c milk

Seasonings – italian, old bay, lemon pepper, chicken seasoning

Turn the oven on 350 degrees.  I sauteed onions, bell pepper, and garlic in olive oil first.  Put the meat in a bowl and mixed it all together.  Add the vegetables after they were sauteed for about 3 minutes.  Add all the seasonings, egg, milk.  Mix everything together and form as loaf in a glass backing dish.  Bake for approximately an hour – not too much longer or else it could be dry.

For the sides – I prepared steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes.  My trick with mashed potatoes is to cook with half water, half milk.  Add garlic (anykind), butter and boil til soft.  I may even put some shredded cheese in it when I mash the potatoes.   I like brown gravy for my meatloaf as well. I do not like it with tomato sauce.

I have another receipe I tried that was very good that my daughter wanted me to make – but this is my old reliable that I can pull together when there isn’t much time to cook and it will last a few days.  It’s always better the 2nd day!

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I made Tamales for the FIRST time

I am soo excited – I made some Tamales for the first time a few days ago and they came out great.  Now this truly does not fit in the “efficient” area of cooking BUT it was fun.

The interesting part was my step-parent only wanted them with ground beef – that was a first too – but they tasted great.  We found a couple of different recipes and you know me – I had to add my own twist and pulled from both recipes.

I am going to post the links at the bottom.  My twist was with the chiles and the broth.

Preparation of the the ground beef:

I sauteed onions, bell pepper and garlic in oil and added the ground beef.  I seasoned it with the suggestions from the recipe.  I cut up some of the chiles into the meat while it cooked as well.  Once it was browned, I added beef broth and let it simmer for about an hour.  I wanted to have very flavored broth for the masa. In the meantime – I soaked chile guajillo pods in water.

I drained the juices from the meat and and took some of the water that the chile was soaking in and put that into a blender.  I used that mixture for the masa with the oil.  The flavor was excellent. I pretty much followed the recipes for the masa – but I highly recommend NOT using as much salt that they recommend because if your meat is seasoned and you add these juices to the masa – you don’t need more salt.  How do you say Fabulous in spanish?  I have no idea – lol!

The links that I utilized for the recipes are recipe 1 and recipe 2 – click on the recipe links.

Feeling adventurous – It is a great way to get friends involved in the meal – it will make the process much faster!

Havin’ a lil steak – marinade, marinade, and seasoning

A client asked about a marinade for a London Broil.  I haven’t fixed one in a long time, but I think I will soon when the weather is better and I get my grill shipped from California.  This lead me to research, and reminded me that I wanted to post about seasoning.

First, let’s talk about marinades…One of the recipes I found I like, OF COURSE – I have to add my own spin on it.  You can pretty much use this on any beef that you are going to grill or broil…The quantity should be adjusted depending on how much meat you want to marinade.  I am going to use much of this when I marinade ribs for bbq as well – I just bought some St. Louis ribs that I cannot wait to cook.

In this case I am going to recommend:

1/2 c of sweet Italian Seasoning dressing

1 T of salad oil/canola

3 cloves of garlic chopped

1/2 c of Heinz 57 sauce

1/2 c of Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 tsp of seasoned salt (Johnnys I LOVE find it here)

1 T of balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp of lemon pepper

1 tsp of italian parsley

1 whole onion – sliced thin (red)

Fresh thyme, basil, oregano, chives

Mix all the ingredients together – let sit for about 10 minutes.  Poke the meat in a few places with a fork.  Place the meat in a plastic storage bag and pour the marinade over it.  If you don’t have a storage bag large enough, I would use either a plastic container or a deeper glass dish.  Marinade overnight.

The next day grill the meat.  As for the marinade  – I would cook it in a pot and make a very thin gravy.  Taste the mixture and make adjustments by adding more seasoning if needed.  Pour a small amount in to a class with water and mix quickly with a little bit of flour using a fork making sure there are no lumps and pour back into the pot with the rest of the marinade and bring to a boil.  Turn down and simmer.  If it’s too thick – add water or a little bit of beef stock for flavor.  Once that is complete – I would add mushrooms as this recipe suggest.

Here is a recipe that I built mine from

Seasonings

I am not a fan of recipe’s that only speak of salt & pepper…I love well seasoned food.  My pantry has a full shelf of just seasoning – my staple seasonings are:

Johnny’s Seasoning, Lemon Pepper, Chili Powder, Mesquite seasoning, Ground Pepper (variety), ground garlic, cumin, basil, italian seasoning, old bay.

Just about anything I cook will get these seasonings.  I may add more or less depending on what it is I am seasoning.  Of course I am constantly trying new seasonings and marinades.  One I just found that I am learning to use correctly is Chef’s Blend Spices – Ultimate Steak Rub.  I have been using it on all of my meats.  I used it on steaks I pan broiled last nite – YUMMY!!  You gotta try it.  Here is a website where you can find it – I am definitely going to buy all of the other seasonings they have.

Hope you enjoy and please share if there is a new seasoning out there that you love…