Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cajun Meatloaf

This was a new recipe, and definitely a keeper! 

2 tablespoons of butter
1/3 cup of finely chopped onion
1/4 cup of finely chopped green pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoon of Cajun seasoning (I used Emeril's Cajun seasoning blend)
1/2 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 clove of garlic, minced or pressed
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of ketchup
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 - 1.25 pounds of ground beef (I used 95% lean)

1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter in a large skillet, add onion and pepper and sauté until tender.  Add all the seasonings (through bay leaf) and cook for several minutes.  Stir in the milk and ketchup, and cook about 2 minutes.  Remove the bay leaf, and let cool slightly. 
In a large mixing bowl, mix ground beef, egg, and oats.  Stir well.  Blend in the sauce mixture.  Form into a loaf, and place in a greased baking dish.  Bake for one hour.  I cut up potatoes, and drizzled them with Wegman's basting oil and put them all around the meatloaf. 
In a small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce to form a glaze topping.  Spread on top of baked meatloaf.  Place under the broiler for a few minutes until bubbly. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chocolate Spice Zucchini Bread (Think Starbucks Chocolate Cinnamon bread, only a little better for you)

This was awesome!  Another variation of bread when the zucchini are in season.  This recipe makes one loaf. 

1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of grated zucchini (unpeeled)
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
cinnamon sugar to dust liberally on top of loaf.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ingredients in order.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar liberally on the top BEFORE baking.  Bake for 1 hour, or till set inside.  Cool about 20 minutes before removing from the pan.