Ring in the New Year with a Spicy Meatloaf!

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Making Meatloaf gives you so many opportunities to experiment with different flavors. I started out cooking Meatloaf in an oven. But once I began using a Slow Cooker, I have not used the oven since. Meatloaf is so versatile that you can play with using Ground Beef, Italian Sausage, Ground Pork, Ground Turkey or add Chorizo for a Mexican-inspired Meatloaf. Instead of Ketchup, I normally use Condensed Tomato Soup for the topping. This time, I wanted something different, so I am using Tomato Basil Soup instead.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage Mild, recommended: Great Value, 19 oz.20191231_022249
  2. Ground Beef, recommended: Great Value, 2 lbs.
  3. Meatloaf Seasoning, recommended McCormick, Two 1.5 oz. packets
  4. Cubed Stuffing Herb seasoned, recommended: Pepperidge Farm, 12 oz., divided (or use Salad Croutons)
  5. Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  6. Diced Tomatoes Petite with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  7. Tomato Basil Soup, recommended: Progresso. 19 oz.
  8. Mixed Vegetables with Carrots, Green Beans, Corn & Peas, frozen, recommended: Great Value, 12 oz.
  9. Mirepoix with diced Yellow Onion, Carrot and Celery, 8 oz.20191231_131028
  10. Garlic, diced, 10-11 cloves, divided ¾ and ¼
  11. Sweet Potatoes, frozen, diced, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  12. Eggs, 3 Jumbo
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 2 teaspoons
  14. Liquid Smoke, 1 capful
  15. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  16. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  17. Optional: Disposal plastic gloves
  18. Optional: Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners or Reynold’s Aluminum Foil for the cooking vessel

INSTRUCTIONS:20191231_150135

  1. Beat 3 eggs in a mixing bowl, and set aside
  2. Combine the Ground Beef with Italian Sausage in a (different) large mixing bowl.
  3. To the meat mixture, add in gradually, the Diced Tomatoes, Mirepoix, Mixed Vegetables, Stuffing Cubes, Meatloaf Seasoning, Balsamic Vinegar, ¼ Garlic and Eggs. This is a good time to use disposable gloves for mixing.
  4. If using a Slow Cooker, line the bottom of it with half of the Stuffing Cubes, Sweet Potatoes, ¾ Garlic, Liquid Smoke, Worcestershire Sauce and Soy Sauce. If using a pre-heated 350 degree oven, mix this with the meat mixture.20191231_151251
  5. Slow Cooker on High for 4 to 6 Hours or Low for 8 to 10 Hours, or Bake in 350 Pre-Heated oven for 1 hour.
  6. Top with Tomato Basil Soup during last 30 minutes of cooking time.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

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TACO PIZZA NACHO MASHUP

Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup 044My refrigerator and deep freezer has been called a “Food Museum” so I finally got around to cleaning out my fridge. I started by throwing out the old condiments. Some dated back to 2016. Pickle juice spilled on one shelf and dried up, so I had to use a knife to remove it.

On the next trash day, I can get around to cleaning out the deep freezer. In the fridge freezer, I found frozen food, dating back to 2017. Once I had a clear picture of the remaining, fresh foods, I could start planning my dinner menus for 1 to 4 weeks.

I am trying to get away with eating a Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Sausage, Egg & Cheese or Spam Egg & Cheese for breakfast. So now I eat Cottage Cheese with fruit, or Oatmeal with Orange juice. I am going to get away Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup 018from a “Bread-based” breakfast and go for a Taco Mix up, using Corn Tortillas, Scrambled Eggs, Pepper Jack Cheese and Chorizo (veggie) crumbles: Burrito style. Not every day, but just to get out of the rut of eating Cottage Cheese or Oatmeal every day. That can get boring.

I like to mix up other food meals. After cleaning the fridge, I knew that I had a Pizza leftover from making Naan Puttanesca Pizza. I froze the remaining one. So what to do with it?

I thought about making Taco Style Beef Macaroni & Cheese or Frito Taco Pie. But I wanted something different and came up with a plan to concoct a Taco Pizza.

Ground ChuckI love how food is so diverse, that it only needs a “vehicle” to bring the meal together. Instead of using a pizza crust, I have also made a Pizza Quiche with a pie crust as the vehicle. Or, for a smaller Thanksgiving meal, I have used the Stove Top Stuffing as the vehicle for an all-in-one dinner that uses a Turkey Breast, Oysters, Cream of Celery Soup and dried Cranberries. Come to tBeef Chorizohink of it, the next time I do that, I need to make it into a Shepard’s Pie and add Mashed Potatoes on top.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Chuck, 1 lb.
  2. Beef Chorizo, recommended Cacique, 9 oz.Doritos Salsa Verde
  3. Pizza Crust, recommended Stonefire Artisan Thin Crust Pizza
  4. Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, recommended Ro*Tel, 10 oz.
  5. Taco Seasoning, recommended Williams, 1.25 oz.
  6. Shredded Cheese, recommended Queso Quesadilla, 8 oz
  7. Taco Chips, recommended Doritos Salsa Verde, 5 to 7 chips per slice
  8. Olives- Sliced, Green & Black mixed, ¼ cup
  9. Jalapeno peppers, diced or sliced
  10. Sour Cream, recommended Daisy, 1 dollop
  11. Cooking Spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cheese QuesoPre-heat oven to 350, I also pre-heat the skillet and grill pan for 2 minutes before using
  2. Blend ground chuck and chorizo, then brown in pan
  3. Drain (Chorizo tastes great, but is very greasy)
  4. Mix Taco seasoning, Diced Tomatoes and Olives then add to beef
  5. Spray pan and heat Naan Pizza Crust for a few minutes on each side in a grill pan or skillet
  6. Move the pizza crust to a pizza pan and apply 4 ounces of cheese on bottom layer
  7. Add Beef Mixture on Top and bake for 15 minutes, then rest for 15 minutes
  8. Cut into 4 slices
  9. Crumble 5 to 7 Dorito chips on each sliceTaco Pizza Nacho Mashup 023
  10. Cover with 1 ounce of cheese and Jalapeno peppers on each slice (one at a time, as this will be 4 days of pizza for me). Only add the Doritos on the day you eat it, so the chips won’t get soggy.
  11. Put in Toaster Oven or Microwave to melt cheese for a few minutes
  12. Do a dollop of Daisy and then chow down on your Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup!

Recommended pairing: ♪Margarita Cha, Cha Cha♫! Daily’s Frozen Margarita Cocktail , 10 oz and Pepe Lopez Tequila 50 ml

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