Comfort Food
February 27, 2008, 10:31 pm
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Today is cold (well, relatively speaking) blustery day, and I want some seriously filling, stick to the ribs comfort food. For me, that means meatloaf, mashed potatoes made from scratch, and stewed okra with tomatoes.

Now, meatloaf can be anything. I’ve read recipes where you mix beef, veal and pork, others that just call for ordinary grocery-store ground beef, recipes with all sorts of esoteric ingredients, and others that have 3, maybe 4 items. Tonight’s meatloaf is from the Minimalist Betty Crocker school of meatloafery. Here’s the recipe:

2 lbs ground beef (I used a pound of chuck and a pound of sirloin, because it’s what was in the freezer)
1 package Onion Soup Mix (you know, the stuff you make that dip from)
1/3 cup dried bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/3 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons dried italian seasoning
Mix it all together, form into a loaf, and bake at 375 until done- about an hour.
I put some ketchup on top, as well.

Serve with homemade mashed potatoes:
3 pounds of russet potatoes, peeled and cut into smallish chunks
Boil until tender, and drain, then put back into the pot.
Add about a cup of hot milk (I just warm it in the microwave) and half a stick of butter
Salt to taste
To make it interesting, add a cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a shake or so of garlic powder, and some chopped parsley (or flakes)
Mash up with your potato masher, or use a hand held electric mixer. Add more milk if you need to, to reach the consistancy you like. If for some reason you add too much milk and they’re thin, thicken them with some instant mashed potato flakes.

For your vegetable, try this:
3 cups frozen sliced okra
1 small can of diced tomatoes
2 cups water
1 beef boullion cube (or a teaspoon of beef base)
2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
a pinch of red pepper flakes
Mix everything together in a pot, and cook on medium until it begins to boil, then turn the temp down to medium-low, and simmer until time to eat. You don’t want to bring this to a vigorous boil, or keep it there, because the okra will become mucilaginous, and provoke rude comments about it’s texture.

That’s dinner tonight, warm, comforting food that tastes good and makes everyone happy.

What’s your comfort meal?


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Yum, I love, love meatloaf, especially the recipe you list here. Did you make any biscuits or garlic bread to go with it?

Comment by Indiana Mom

My family’s favorite comfort meal is pot roast. Served with potato rolls purchased from the store or homemade yeast rolls. (Maybe our favorite rolls will be the yeast rolls from Sister Schuberts.)

Comment by Indiana Mom

Sounds yummy!

I’ve only ever had okra once, in an Indian curry, but it was great. Not really commonly used here, I’ve seen it in Asian stores but not in supermarkets.

Maybe I’ll attempt to grow some this year!

Comment by Anna

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