Down-Home Barbecue Meatloaf
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
¾ c. tomato juice
¼ c. barbecue sauce
¾ c. uncooked rolled oats
1 egg, beaten
¼ c. chopped onion
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350º.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. Press firmly into an 8” x 4” x 2-1/2” loaf pan.
4. Bake about 1 hour. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
- Ketchup or barbecue sauce may be spread on top of the meatloaf before baking.
- Tomato sauce may be substituted for the tomato juice.
- I like to form the meatloaf mixture into two mini meatloaves. Place them on a foil-covered rack in a roasting pan. Poke a few holes in the foil to allow the juices to drain through. Adjust the baking time – they don’t take quite as long to bake as a large single meatloaf. I overbaked mine a little this evening - they should be moist in the center.
Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary
Sweet potatoes and/or white potatoes
Salt & pepper
1. Preheat oven to 450º.
2. Slice potatoes into pieces about 1/4" -3/8" wide and 3"-4" long. Place the pieces in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag.
3. Add a generous amount of chopped fresh rosemary and enough olive oil to coat all the potatoes with a light layer of oil.
4. Close the bag and shake well to distribute the oil and rosemary. Spread the fries on a cookie sheet or any baking sheet with low sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
5. Roast fries in the oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes, then every 5 minutes until they are cooked through and lightly browned.
- This recipe works well with sweet potatoes or white potatoes, and it's nice to use a combination of the two. They take about the same time to cook, so it isn't a problem roasting them together.
- These fries are slightly crispy when they first come out of the oven, but soften upon sitting. Don't expect the same texture as deep-fried French fries. They're much healthier though, and they taste wonderful.
- Try sprinkling the potatoes with other flavorings before roasting, such as seasoned salt, Italian herbs, paprika, hot peppers, or Old Bay seasoning. Cinnamon is a great choice for sprinkling on sweet potatoes.