A Little Comfort Food on a Cool Fall Evening

In Comfort Food on October 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

There’s nothing like comfort food on a cool, crisp, fall day!

And that is exactly what my friends and I made this evening. Mom’s Meatloaf and mashed sweet potatoes. AMAZING! Let’s start with the recipe:

Mom’s Meatloaf
1 lb. of cropped meat
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 large egg
1/3 cup of finely diced onion (I prefer red onion)
2 packets of ranch dip mix
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp barbecue sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F
  2. Combine egg, cropped meat, and 2 packets of ranch dip mix, in a large bowl
  3. Add breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, mustard and barbeque sauce
  4. Shape into an oval/ball, and place in baking pan
  5. Cover with barbeque sauce
  6. Add water to coat the bottom of the pan
  7. Bake for 40 minutes
  8. Check the middle to make sure it is cooked all the way through, if it is no longer pink…SERVE

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
3 large sweet potatoes
Half stick of butter
A little milk

  1. Peel sweet potatoes
  2. Cut into 1 inch wide pieces
  3. Boil water in a large pot
  4. Once water has come to a boil, add sweet potatoes
  5. Boil potatoes until they are soft
  6. Drain water
  7. Add butter and a little milk to sweet potatoes
  8. Mash…..SERVE!

Overall it was a GREAT meal that took about an hour start to finish to prepare. Next time I plan to add more breadcrumbs, since the meatloaf crumbled very easily. We’ll see what the next round brings. The meatloaf had a lot of flavor, but I may try adding a bit of garlic next time. There are a lot of ways to make a meatloaf, you can always take my Dad’s approach and add everything except the kitchen sink. He likes to use a packet of French onion dip mix instead of the ranch, and adds French’s French fried onions. It has a lot of flavor! I highly recommend Dad’s meatloaf too!

I loved the smell of all the food cooking in my apartment, and how much it warmed it up on this cool Sunday evening. I love comfort food in the fall, any ideas for next week?

I definitely think a baking adventure is in order sooner rather than later! Stay tuned!

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