Thursday, April 19, 2007

Comfort Food

Does anyone else find it strange that the foods we sometimes detest as kids can become some of our favorites as adults? I've never been a big fan of meatloaf or sloppy joe's, but the last two nights have found those very things on our dinner table. And we both liked them-- we really liked them! They were both easy recipes that took very little preparation, which was great considering Gaines had a cold last week and has now passed it on to me. I thought I'd share my secrets with the masses.

Souperior Meatloaf

Recipe can be found on the back of Lipton Onion Soup Mix. It's surprisingly moist and tasty. I used ground sirloin per Gaines' mom's suggestion (and since it was on sale). Served with a side of green beans and instant mashed potatoes, it was a hearty meal. The dinner preparation time took no more than 20 minutes plus the one hour for cooking, in which I advise using that time to take a nap. Also, the recipe serves eight, which leaves plenty for leftovers the next day. I saved half in the freezer for another night.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe's
  • 2 pounds meat (we used ground beef)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon prepared Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup*
  • salt and pepper to taste

*I substituted BBQ sauce b/c it'a what I had available

Brown meat and drain. Put onion, sugar, vinegar, cumin, chili powder, garlic, mustard, ketchup, salt and pepper in slow cooker and mix well. Add meat and stir together. Cook for a minimum of 6 hours on low setting. Serve with sharp cheddar cheese on toasted whole-wheat buns. Serves 8-10.

Bon Appetit!

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