Meatloaf With Mash Potatoes & Wilted Spinach

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I didn’t use to like meatloaf….Until one day my husband ordered meatloaf at Cracker Barrel. I had a taste of it & then I realized that I really wanted to switch my plate for his! This is a pretty good recipe, but I’m still tweaking it to bring out a thunderous burst of flavor! Along with meatloaf I also have recipes for mash potatoes & wilted spinach. Yum!

Ingredients for Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small onion
  • 1\2 cup minced green onion
  • 1\2 cup parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1\2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 6 tbsp apple cider or balsamic vinegar or lemon

Directions

  • Mix brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and ketchup. 
  • Combine well and set aside.
  • Combine all remaining ingredients. 
  • Grease loaf pan and line with bread. The bread will soak up the grease and can be through away before serving.
  • Place meatloaf into loaf pan.
  • Add half of the ketchup mixture to the meatloaf. 
  • After the meatloaf has baked for 30 minutes add the remaining ketchup mixture.
  • Cook for 60-70 minutes.

Mashed Potatoes

  • 6 medium Red potatoes
  • 1/4 softened butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp basil

Directions

  • Leave skin on potatoes. Cut each potatoes into several pieces & boil until tender.
  • They should not be mushy but definitely softened.
  • Drain in a colander & place them back into the empty pot.
  • Add butter. Let it melt. Then add milk & all seasoning. Use the hand mixer to achieve desired consistency. For instance some people like there’s smooth, so if this is what you prefer you will blend longer. We like our potatoes with texture so I am careful not to mix too long.

Wilted Spinach

  • 1\2 a bag of spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • Garlic, salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Saute onion & mushroom in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar add salt, pepper & garlic to taste.
  • When onions and mushrooms are almost through cooking add the spinach and stir constantly.
  • Stir just until this then that starts to wilt. You still want the spinach to have texture and not be completely flat.
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