Walter Knoll Florist

Walter Knoll Florist

Comfort Food

I know I should be giving you an Easter recipe, but Easter is so early, and I’ve been so cold and in the mood for comfort food.
So here’s my meatloaf with tomato gravy!

Meatloaf
1 cup fresh mushrooms, diced
1 medium jalepino, minced (leave the seeds if you like it hot!)
1 poblano pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 on the small side of medium sized white onion, diced
2 big toes garlic, minced
1 bag of Premium saltine crackers, crumbled fine
1-1/2 lb ground chuck
1-1/2 lb 90% lean ground beef
Salt and Pepper to taste

Gently combine above ingredients, shape into 5 or 6 loaves and bake
at 375 for approximately 45 minutes or until cooked thru. If you are
roasting potato chunks, they can be oiled up and put in at the same time.
The potatoes will need tossing a few times, at this temp they brown on
the bottom more than the top. While meat loaves bake, make tomato gravy – recipe below.

Tomato Gravy
1/2 medium onion, diced
3 toes garlic, smashed
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbl olive oil
1 tbl butter
3 tbl tomato paste
1 small bay leaf
1 15-oz can low sodium chicken broth
1 15-oz can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper

Cook onions, garlic and oregano in olive oil and butter in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat until browned – about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and bay leaf, stirring until the paste darkens about 3 minutes. Add the broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until slightly thickened about 5 more minutes.

Turn off heat, remove the bay leaf and set the gravy aside until ready to serve, at which time you will bring back up to a simmer, whisk in the parmesan, vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve hot over your meatloaf with a side of roasted potatoes and smashed minty lettuce and peas.

These small meat loaves are great to freeze, but you’ll want to make fresh tomato gravy – it probably freezes well, but there won’t be any left to freeze!

Send me an email if you would like this pecan sandies recipe!

And oh, yeah, getting back to Easter – have you seen our Easter Flower and Gift selections, there is still plenty of time to order for delivery, we are even open on Easter Sunday at our LaSalle location, so stop in, pick up a centerpiece or an easter arrangement or buy some wholesale bunches to arrange yourself! We have some gorgeous vase selections in lots of price ranges. And we have Easter Lilies. You know mom loves Easter Lilies. Don’t show up at the Easter Egg hunt without flowers!

Comments

Anonymous
Anonymous March 19, 2008 at 7:47am

Oh man, these look delicious. I like the little size, not just for freezing, but for us folks who are single and need smal portions!
Yes, please send me the pecan sandies recipe...I love them!
Pat Henzey

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