|Old Fashioned Meatloaf with Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes|
It was certainly unintentional, but look up at that photo of my delicious meatloaf. Do you see Mr. Lettuce Head? He has red lettuce hair and a surprised scallion smile on his face, and if you really use your imagination he is using a Bluetooth or maybe that is a baseball glove. Your call. The scallions fall where they may. As you can see this retro meatloaf recipe takes me back to the comfort foods of my childhood where I could lay on the moss covered hills surrounding my home, sun washed face towards the sky and watch the cloud bunnies and elephants drift by...and dream. Close your eyes and it is easy to take yourself back.
One of my favourite well-travelled bloggers Mary of One Perfect Bite invited bloggers to travel along on a culinary journey. Gourmet Live brought out a list of the 50 most influential women in food...Fifty women game changers. Some are chefs, some are food writers, and some are women who are passionate about the creative process. You could certainly add or detract women from this list, but no matter what these women have all influenced us in one way or another. My cohorts for this adventure can be found below. If you would like to join in please contact Mary. This is an informal event where we post every Friday, but you have the flexibility to follow along when you can.
What have we been up to with # 24 on the list of 50 Women Game Changers...
Mary of One Perfect Bite - Paula Deen's Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake
Val of More Than Burnt Toast - Old-Fashioned Meatloaf with Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes
Joanne of Eats Well With Others
Susan of The Spice Garden
Taryn of Have Kitchen, Will Feed - Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
Heather of Girlichef - Pumpkin Cake with Buttery Cream Cheese Frosting
Miranda of Mangoes and Chutney - Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Jeanette at Jeanette's Healthy Living - Butternut Squash Casserole
Katie - Making Michael Pollan Proud
Kathleen Van Bruinisse at Bake Away with Me - Wayne's Cranberry Sauce
Sue of View from The Great Island - Pumpkin Cheesecake
Linda of There and Back Again - Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
Barbara of Moveable Feasts - Fried Green Tomatoes
Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits - Lemon Pepper Rosemary Roasted Chicken
Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen - The Ladies Chicken Noodle Soup
Annie at Most Lovely Things
Now on to the granddaddy of all comfort foods... meatloaf!! This is one of those classic retro recipes that is so easy to throw together. It takes a little time in the oven but you can easily prepare it before you head to work and throw it in the oven while you unwind at the end of the day. With the herbed mashed potatoes this recipe really does take me back to my childhood!! Can I have a hey y'all.
**Old-Fashioned Meatloaf with Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes**
1 pound ground beef
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
8 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice (I used a can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes)
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup ketchup (or tomato sauce)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes, recipe below
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix all meatloaf ingredients well and place in a baking dish. Shape into a loaf.
Topping: Mix ingredients for topping and spread on loaf. Bake for 1 hour.
**Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes**
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup chive and onion cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
Boil the potatoes until done. Pour the potatoes into a medium bowl and add cream cheese and butter. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes to desired consistency. Serve immediately
Servings: 4 to 6
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