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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What’s For Dinner? Meatloaf!

When in doubt as to what to fix for dinner, meatloaf seems to be the most popular choice on the dinner table.


For starters, it’s simple. It’s quick. But most of all, it’s just downright delicious.

There are so many versions of meatloaves, that it is almost impossible to sit here and write them all here on this blog. For there may be hundreds of recipes that are just waiting to be tried and served on the dinner table. But here is just a few of what I have made in the past, and is already family approved.

Banana Meatloaf

3 lbs. Ground beef
2 eggs
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 small onion, minced
2 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Pepper
1 c. soft breadcrumbs (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine all ingredients and form into a loaf. Bake for 1 hour. Pour off any liquid that accumulates before serving.

Macaroni and Cheese Meatloaf

4 oz. uncooked macaroni
1 lb. Ground beef
½ c. soft breadcrumbs
½ c. milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
½ c. onion, chopped
2 tbsp. Green pepper, chopped
1/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Pepper

Preheat oven to 350.
Cook macaroni. Mix pasta with the remaining ingredients. Shape into a loaf and bake for 1 hour.

Nacho Meatloaf

1 c. salsa
¾ c. tortilla chips, finely crumbled
1 egg
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small fresh chili pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 tbsp. Chili powder
½ tsp. Cumin
1 ½ lbs. Ground beef or turkey
½ c. shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine all ingredients except meat and cheese, mix thoroughly. Add meat and form into a loaf. Bake for 1 hour or until thoroughly cooked. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese, then place back in oven until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

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