Tonight Donna cooked up one of my favourite comfort foods – meatloaf.
Donna took about two pounds of ground beef and added bread crumbs, an egg, one small grated onion, two cloves of garlic and a cup of her special sauce. She made her special sauce starting with a cup of red sauce, 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and tablespoon of prepared mustard. She saved the remaining 1/4 cup of her special sauce to pour on top of the meatloaf. She gently mixed the meat, egg, onion, garlic and sauce mixture, careful not to over mix and then formed a loaf. The loaf was placed in a shallow pan and topped with the remaining sauce. Into a 350 F degree oven for 60 minutes. Once it was cooked Donna let it rest for 10 minutes then served it.
In addition to the great meatloaf, she served garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli with cheese sauce. The garlic mashed potatoes are pretty straight forward. Potatoes are boiled with 6 cloves of garlic and once cooked, are mashed with some butter and milk. If you have some green onions chop ’em up and add to the potato, garlic and dairy.
The steamed broccoli was dressed with a creamy cheese sauce. She made the cheese sauce by starting with two tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of flour cooked in a sauce pan. She whisked in two cups of milk, salt, pepper and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and cooked until thickened. A cup of shredded sharp cheddar was added to the hot milk. She continued to whisk until the cheese melted and she was done.
I think all great comfort foods are simple foods. Simple to prepare but delicious to eat. The meatloaf was moist and flavourful. The tang of the BBQ sauce comes thru in the final product along with meaty flavour of the well seasoned hamburger. The garlic mashed were creamy to the mouth and sweet with garlic and butter. The broccoli were tender and the cheese sauce matched well with the potatoes and meatloaf making the dish the almost perfect comfort food. I love this dish and Donna is good enough to make it often.
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