Thursday, April 14, 2011


My friend DW had me over for dinner tonight, and I had a blast! She is cooking her way through two of Paula Deen's cookbooks, so tonight we had BBQ Meatloaf and an Italian pasta salad. I assisted where I could, but she was the main effort in this endeavor!

The meatloaf was AWESOME. We basted it throughout its cooking time, and it was so much tastier than the normal ketchup-laden meatloaf I've had in the past. I liked it so much that I took the leftovers home to make a sandwich for work tomorrow! Way to go, DW!!!

In case you want to try it yourself, here's Paula's recipe from Food Network/her book:


1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 onion, diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup water, to thin sauce if necessary

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together the beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce. Form this mixture into a loaf and place it in a shallow pan. Stir together the remaining tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar, mustard, Worcestershire and the water (if too thick). Pour this sauce over the meatloaf. Bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes with the pan juices.

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