Aug 14, 2009

Jack’s Recipe for Meat Loaf with Brown Gravy and Side Dishes

Notice .. I have two Meat Loaf Recipes, this is the first one, I will post the other one later.

Meat Loaf with Gravy
String Beans.
Mashed Potatoes.

Ingredients and Amounts:

Part 1 – Meat Loaf …
2 Pounds of Ground Beef
Fresh Chopped Garlic
3 Large Brown Mushrooms
Table Salt
LP Sauce
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Olive Oil
1 Can of Beef Gravy
1 Small Yellow Onion
A1 Steak Sauce (original flavor)
1 Small Fresh Green Pepper
Fresh Eggs
Bread Crumbs

Part 2 – Side Dishes …
4 to 6 White Rose Potatoes (Medium Size)
1 Stick of Butter
1 Can Cut String Beans
1 Pound Bacon Strips
2 Fresh White Mushrooms
Fresh Green Parsley
Fresh Chives

Cooking Items and Utensils:
1 Oven Rectangular Baking Dish – I personally use a Pyrex Glass Dish with lid (approximately size 9” x 5”).
1 Medium Sauce Pan.
1 2-Quart Corning or Pyrex Dish with lid.
1 Can Opener.
2 Mixing Bowls (3 to 4 quart size).
1 Measuring Cup.
1 Whisk or Diner Fork.
1 Paring Knife.
Dinner plates and forks.
Paper Towels.
Oven or Cooking Mitts.

Cooking Directions:
Step # 1 - Meat Loaf Preparation Directions:
In a Large Size Mixing Bowl (3-4 quart size)

Place the following ingredients in the bowl …
2 pounds of Ground Beef.
1/2 cup of finely chopped Yellow Onion.
1/4 cup of finely chopped Green Pepper
1/2 cup of Bread Crumbs.
Mix with Hands thoroughly ..
Next –
In a Measuring Cup …
Break Two Fresh Eggs, beat and mix well
Add in …
1 Tablespoon of LP Sauce.
1 Tablespoon of A1 Steak Sauce.
1/2 Teaspoon of Table Salt.
1 Teaspoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
Mix thoroughly
Pour into Mixing Bowl with Ground Meat.
Again, mix thoroughly with hands
Next –
In Glass or Ceramic Rectangular Baking Dish coat bottom and sides lightly with Olive Oil.
Place Ground Beef Mixture into dish. Form in an Oval Shape.
Place small 1 inch wide 1 inch deep grove along top of beef center length ways (I use back side of a tablespoon, pressing down lightly).
Next –
In a Medium Sauce Pan on top of stove
Add in …
1 Can of Beef Gravy.
1/2 Can of Water.
3 Brown Mushrooms finely chopped.
1/4 Stick of Butter.
1 Tablespoon of finely chopped Garlic.
Heat on medium heat until simmering, stir thoroughly.
Wait to Cool ..
Stir again …
Pour over Meat Loaf in Glass Dish
Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
Bake for about 90 Minutes
When done, remove from oven, remove lid, allow to stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

Step 2 - Potato Cooking Directions (side dish # 1):
Note: I usually start this when the Meat Loaf has been in the oven for 60 minutes.
Do NOT Peel Potatoes, cut into quarters.
Place Potatoes in cold water with a small amount of salt added.
Bring to boil, turn heat to low, cook until fork tender.
When done, remove, cool for about 5 minutes, and remove skins.
In a large bowl, cut potatoes into cubes, then mash.
Add 1/2 stick of butter.
Add 1/2 cup of milk.
Mash until creamy.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add more milk or butter as needed and to taste. Some people like their potatoes firm, others soft and creamy.
When served add some Finely Dice Green Parsley (remove stems). Also add some fresh finely chopped Chives.

Step 3 – String Bean Cooking Directions (side dish # 2):
Well in advance, take 5 strips of Bacon, place on dinner plate, cover with two paper towels on top of Bacon, place in Microwave for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove, let cool, crush into pieces.
Note, watch the bacon, some microwaves do cook faster than others. You want the bacon crisp but not burnt.
In a Medium (2-quart) Corning Ware or Pyrex Dish with lid …
Place Can of String Beans with liquid.
Add in …
Crushed Bacon.
Finely Chopped 2 White Mushrooms.
1/2 Tablespoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
1/2 Stick of Butter.
Place in Microwave Oven for 3 minutes.
Remove, stir.

Diner Serving Instructions:
Place dinner plates in microwave oven for 30 seconds prior to placing food on plate (helps keep food warm, caution plates will be hot, use oven mitt or pot holder to remove).
Slice Meat Loaf into thick slices, place on diner plate.
Place mash potatoes on plate.
Place string beans on plate.
Add gravy or additional butter as desired.

This dish goes well with Ice Cold Beer or a nice Red Wine.
Add a Garden Side salad if needed.

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