Posts Tagged ‘Casserole’

BBQ Meatloaf

August 7, 2009

Homemade BBQ MeatloafDonna and boys bought me a Weber Grill for Father’s Day a few years back and it has been the best grill I ever had. When I got the grill I also signed up for the Weber Grilling Recipe of the Day email. So earlier this week I saw a recipe for BBQ Meatloaf. Now Donna makes a great meatloaf and I have posted on that already and still love it but the whole idea of making meatloaf on the grill was just too good to pass up so we went for it.

In a big bowl we mixed up equal amounts of Ground Beef and Pork, Panko bread crumbs, two Eggs, a medium Onion, Tarragon, Worcestershire sauce, Garlic, Salt and Pepper. Donna formed two loaves and we placed those on the grill with medium to low indirect heat. While the loaves cooked on the grill we cut half a cup of BBQ sauce with half as much Ketchup as a sauce for the loaf.

Homemade BBQ Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green BeansTo go along with the BBQ Meatloaf, Donna made Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans.  I love Donna’s Smashed Potatoes because they have a nice combination of textures, the creamy mashed potatoes with lumpy pieces still in the mixture and the pieces of potato skin. She adds some milk to the mixture which cause the potatoes to be a little bit sweeter.  As for the Meatloaf, it had a nice density to the loaf. The Onions were cooked but sweet and still a little crisp. The tarragone was there but not over powering as it can be in some dishes.  There was some mild charing on the bottom of the loaf despite the indirect heat that added nice texture and flavour. The tang of the BBQ Sauce added another deminsion to the dish.  I usual have some Ketchup with my meatloaf and my only suggestion would be to increase the ketchup in the sauce to capture that classic ketchup flavour.  It was a great dish and keeper of the recipe.  We had fun making it and me posting about it so a success all around.  We hope you try it or come over here and we can make it for you. LOL

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

May 21, 2009

Donna's Sheppard's PieDonna made Shepherd’s Pie for supper tonight. It’s one of our favourite comfort foods.  Donna started by browning some grounded beef, drained the fat and then added salt, pepper, minced garlic and grated red onion. Tonight’s version was easy as she added two cups of frozen mixed vegetables and a couple of tablespoons of flour to thicken the sauce. Two cups of beef stock is added to the mixture and simmered until the resulting gravy thickens. The mixture is pured into a 9×9 baking dish.  The beef and veggie mixture is covered with homemade mashed potatoes and a coating of shredded cheddar cheese. The casserole is baked in a 350F degree oven for 20 minutes.

Sheppard's Pie

The casserole rested for 10 minutes as I took different shots of it.  Donna and I finally dug into the pie and it was worth the wait. The ground beef was well seasoned from the garlic and onions, the veggies were fresh-like in taste and texture and the mashed potatoes were creamy. The three elements combined a comforting taste that we have often enjoyed over the years.

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