Friday, January 30, 2015

Mini Meat Loaves and Cookbook Countdown #71!

Cook Book #71!
in my own personal cookbook countdown

If for any reason you want to take a look at all the cookbooks I've 'counted down' so far, 

I guess what you can say about me is that I am slow but steady.
It wins the race, right?
But the finish line gets further and further away, as I keep adding new cookbooks to my collection.

I was very excited to get this one in the mail,  "Come for Dinner, Memorable Meals to Share with  Family and Friends".

I love to cook for family and friends.  I love to have people over.  I love to entertain.
I would much rather have the setting of a home kitchen and living room than out in a restaurant -- most of the time.

I love this cookbook. It has tons of menu ideas for entertaining small groups.
It gave me tons of ideas for dinner at home with people I love (and like).
Nothing has to be fancy, just simple, like meatloaves.

Meatloaf is one of those things that you either love (I do) or you don't really like.
I have a go-to meatloaf recipe that I ALWAYS use (check it out here, but the blog post was 7 years ago. I was blogger young and dumb.  It's like watching old movies of yourself--no one really likes it.  I mean, I would have done a different post than that if I did it today.) and I am proud of that meatloaf, because it lives on in the daughter of a friend, who had it 25 years ago and will make it and write to me saying "I made your meatloaf last night"
I tore the recipe out of a Cook's Illustrated magazine about  25 years ago.
There you have it. My secret.

I got off track...

....oh yes,  even tho we have a favorite meat loat
(we do argue about the sides tho.  My mom made a baked potato and Waldorf salad, The Handyman's mom made mashed potatoes/gravy and a vegetable)
and even tho I do love this cookbook, the mini-meatloaves looked EASY, and I was in a hurry to do some cooking from my cook books for the countdown.

Guess what?
Truly, honestly, seriously...
They were so moist and so flavorful  (chopped up bacon inside).
They are good for company, family, cold winter nights, whenever.
Great meatloaf!
I say you should give it a try.
And you can choose your own sides.

Mini Meat Loaves

1 1/2 pound ground beef chuck
2 1/2 T butter
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 slices of white bread, crusts removed
1/3 to 1/2 cup milk
1 egg
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup plus 2 T ketchup
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp dried thyme
3 thin strips of bacon halved lengthwise and cut crosswise in 1/4 inch wide pieces
1/2 cup chopped parsley
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 T soy sauce

1. Preheat the oven to 425F with a rack in the center.  set a medium heavy skillet over low heat with the butter.  When the butter has melted, cook the onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until the onion is  light brown and slightly translucent, 3-5 minutes.
Let cool to room temp.

2. Meanwhile, tear the bread into small pieces into a small bowl. Mix in enough milk to thoroughly soak it and set aside to soften.

3. Break the egg into a large mixing bowl and whisk it lightly.  Whisk in the mustard, 3 T of the ketchup, the Worcestershire and the thyme.  A handful at a time, squeeze out the softened bread and add it to the bowl, tearing it into smaller pieces as you do so.  Amalgamate it with a whisk and stir in the bacon, separating the pieces if necessary.

4. Break the meat into small pieces as you add it to the bowl. Add the browned onion mixture, the chopped parsley and a generous amount of salt and pepper.  combine lightly but thoroughly -- hands do the best job -- and form a teaspoonful into a patty.  Set a small skillet over low heat with a few drops of oil and cook the patty.  Taste it and add more salt and pepper if it needs it.

5.  Divide the mixture into 4 parts ( about  9.5 oz in weight) and pat them into slightly  flattened loaves about  4 1/2 inches long and 1 inch high.  set them in a roasting pan or other oven-proofed pan, separated by 1 inch of space.  In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ketchup and soy sauce.  Spoon the mixture equally over the loaves and spread it to coat the tops.

6. Bake the meat loaves until just cooked thru, 20- 25 minutes. Transfer them to a warm platter or plates, garnish with parsley if you'd like, and serve hot.

 This is a review off of Goodreads for the Cookbook:

Make every meal a feast and every moment with loved ones an occasion with Come for Dinner 
"Before chefs became philosophers, trendsetters, and TV stars, there was Leslie Revsin, a cook whose instinct for flavor is matched only by her sense of nurture. She has never stopped cooking from the heart, and I have never stopped wishing I could cook just like she does every night of the week. Now that she's written a book, I can." 
-Molly O'Neill, host of the PBS series Great Food and author of the New York Cookbook 

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bermudaonion said...

I can't remember the last time I had meatloaf. Those almost look like hamburger patties to me. I'm sure my guys would love them because bacon.

Katherine P said...

I love meatloaf! Our favorite is one from Cook's Illustrated with the brown sugar ketchup glaze. This recipe sounds good and a little unusual. I'll definitely have to give it a try! Thanks for reminding me. Meatloaf is one our favorite meals but I tend to forget it. We're a mashed potatoes with meatloaf kind of family but a baked potato I think would be nice too.

kathy said...

I've never understood the soaked bread in meatloaf... I've Never done it.. Just added breadcrumbs of wherever bread is handy if no Pablo in pantry. I've always fried the onions and shredded carrots first then added whatever liquid is around. Sometimes it's been bottled Italian dressing sometimes clamato juice (only if there's no vodka in the house for bloody Cesar's) but always Lee&perrins and balsamic.
When I'm feeding my g'kids I cook meatloaf in muffin tins. Always handy as snacks in lunch boxes or in the van on the way to whatever activity the next day

kathy said...

Next time try it in muffin tins... Best way for snacks or lunch boxes for kids

kathy said...

Panko grrrrr I hate auto correct

Beth F said...

Mini meat loaves is such a great idea because they cook so much faster than a big one. And bacon? Oh yeah, I bet these are awesome.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

The meatloaf looks tasty - my husband would love this.

Tina said...

This recipe comes just in time for my weeks of soft foods. Doug is still in the healing process from his oral surgery and meatloaf is most definitely on the menu.

jama said...

Yum! Haven't had meatloaf in a long time. These mini loaves look so cute and delicious.

Trish said...

Meatloaf is always a hit in our house--even with the baby! My recipe is fairly similar to yours except we use oats instead of bread and don't add bacon. I might have to try it with bacon sometime!

I popped over to your old post out of curiosity and have no idea what you're talking about. LOL! Looks like a great post to me. ;)

Karen said...

When I open my restaurant :) meat loaf is going to be on the menu. Probably as a dinner - with mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans, but also as an open faced sandwich... crusty bread with a fried piece of meatloaf on it, covered in gravy. Yum!

Michelle Meche said...

My son loves meatloaf and I haven't made it for him in a long time. Never tied it with bacon added--wow would he flip over that! Thanks for sharing!

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