Sage and Cheese Small Meat Loaf
3 T. chili sauce
1/3 c. commercial bread crumbs
4 T. shredded swiss cheese (Gruyere is also good)
1 t. dry onion
1 garlic clove minced
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. rubbed sage
1/8 t. pepper
3/4 lb to 1 lb ground beef
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Clean hands are the best tool. Don't be shy about smushing this through your fingers. It needs to be well mixed. I won't tell anyone if you enjoy how it feels. Take off your rings before and wash your hands after. Just stuff we all learned in kindergarten.
Oh, and if you don't have chili sauce, Ketchup with a couple shakes of hot sauce is fine. I'm not one to run out and buy an ingredient, just 'cause the recipe calls for it if I don't have a plan to use the rest of it.
Shape it into a slightly flattened ball. Place uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 50 - 60 minutes. This is not fancy. You won't see it on Food Network. But you can do it on a week night when you are tired. And you don't have to go to the grocery store first.
I might mention that I've laid pieces of bacon across this prior to baking many times, but not tonight. If you do that, cut them to fit and press them into the meat just a bit so they don't curl up as they cook. I've also added a little more chili sauce and 2 more T. cheese on top once cooked and bake an additional 4-5 minutes.
A little down in the dumps are you? Here are your choices:
- Mall therapy including a nice meal out. Not a bad plan if it fits the budget, but does it really make you feel better? My experience with that is it is very, very temporary.
- Go to bed and have a Pitty Party. I'm not one to criticize. I've been there.
- I don't know what? Drink a bottle of wine. Eat a carton of ice cream. Not my thing so I don't know if that makes you really feel better... but my feeling is No!
- Or Sage and Cheese Meat Loaf and Roast Garlic Whipped Potatoes.
Oh, and if you make sandwiches out of this. Good bread toasted, Ketchup or chili sauce or barbecue sauce, melt some mozzarella cheese on it. A big pickle and a glass of milk. I'm just saying.
Remember to feel good.
Oh, and the roast garlic mashed potatoes are next.
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