Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Over Cooked Green Beans

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
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Tonight I decided on a dinner of old, the good ole meatloaf, mashed potatoes and overcooked green beans. With the plan to later use the meatloaf for sandwiches. One of Jill’s favorite. Growing up, our family of six at a home cooked meal together every night up until high school when schedules got crazy. Three meals that whipped a smile from my face were meatloaf, salmon croquet and some hamburger corn bread pie thing my mom concocted. As I elbowed my way to the stove I learned to like them all because I avoid canned veggies and proteins and buy fresh.

This meatloaf recipe was adapted from Ina Garten. As for the green beans I saw an episode where Trisha Yearwood made cooked to death green beans that were like the canned variety we grew up on but these are fresh and cooked until super soft. I didn’t follow or even look at her recipe but got the idea from her.

Ingredients
MeatLoaf
2 lbs of Ground Beef (81%)
2 yellow onions diced finely
2 Eggs beaten
1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs (recommended: Progresso)
1/2 cup of ketchup
2 tbs tomato paste
1/3 cup of chicken stock (not broth)
3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs good olive oil
2 tsp thyme
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp of Pepper

Over cooked green beans
fresh green beans
chicken stock to cover
1 onion diced finely
1/4 cup of diced ham steak

Mashed potatoes
4 red potatoes
Milk or cream
2 tbs of cream cheese
additional cheese to taste (cheddar, parm, etc)

Directions
1. Meat loaf: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Take a skillet or saute pan on medium heat and add your diced or pulverized onions with salt, pepper, and thyme and sweat them out until translucent (10-15 minutes). Remove from heat and to the onions add Worcestershire Sauce, tomato paste, chicken stock and 2 minced garlic cloves. Stir until combined and set aside.

Take your protein and put it in a large mixing bowl. Add your bread crumbs, beaten eggs and the onion mixture you just made. With your hands combine well so that you have a well mixed meatloaf mixture.

Create a loaf shape on a sheet pan or in a loaf pan and top with ketchup. Cook for about an hour or until your thermometer reads 160 degrees.

2. Overcooked green beans. Add some olive oil or bacon fat to a pan on medium heat and sweat your onion and ham until soft and translucent. Add your green beans and stir for about a minute. Add enough stock to cover and let them simmer while your meat loaf cooks. About 40 minutes.

3. Mashed potatoes: Cut your potatoes equally and boil them in salty water and cook until tender. Pour and drain into a colander and put the potatoes back into the pot where you cooked them. Turn the heat off and mash them up. Add milk, cream cheese and other cheeses of your choice. Mix and taste and add milk or cream to get the consistency you like.
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