Thursday, February 20, 2014

Day Nineteen - Meaty Cheesy Meatloaf (2.20.14)


Ingredients
  • 1 lb Jimmy Dean Sage sausage (add 1/2 tsp sage if not using Sage sausage)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Ketchup (optional)
  • Brown sugar (optional)
Instructions

1) Combine all ingredients in large bowl, then place in large loaf pan.

2) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Drain off fat. Top with ketchup and brown sugar (optional) and cook another 5-15 minutes.

3) Reduce cooking time as needed if using two smaller dishes or a shallow baking dish rather than a deep loaf pan.

4) Let stand a few minutes for easier slicing. Slices very well when cold and makes great sandwiches!

Opinions

Potter: Alright, so, I may have screwed this one up. Through some confusion with the grocery list and not actually reading the directions I could have possibly doubled the amount of ground beef to use. Despite this (possible) fact it turned out pretty delicious. Any changes or suggestions I may have had (adding a bit more sage or thyme to enhance the flavor of the loaf) would definitely be rectified by using less beef. Also, I used slightly less than half a cup of ketchup and 3 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar for the sauce on top and it was spot on (would have been absolutely perfect if the alleged cock-up with the beef hadn't occurred).

Katie: I thought that this dish was great. It was a good change up with the mozzarella instead of bread crumbs and it held the loaf together just as good! If the meat proportions hadn't been off (thanks Potter! :p) then the sage sausage would have really been the most prevalent ingredient in this dish. Even though the proportions were off, there were still bites that had great additional flavor coming from the sage sausage. The sauce receipt was amazing! I would suggest this for everyone but especially those who want to cut carbs from meatloaf to still be able to enjoy!