Tuesday, July 28, 2009

meat & tomatoes

ok, what is the deal with grocery store ground beef? it's freaking expensive. don't buy it. my co-workers tell me costco is the way to go for this one, better quality and dollar:pound. anyway, $14 later on the meat (i know!) meatloaf was on the way.

this is the third time i've made meatloaf and it's quickly become a hannah-fav. easy, tasty, and crowd-pleasing. i like to make mine mini so every meatloaf gets a big slather of tomatoey topping. i've altered a michael chiarello recipe for italian meatloaf from foodnetwork.com and while he sometimes comes across as pretentious but his stuff is pretty damn good.

my meatloaf is loaded with veggies which brings on big flavor and moisture. i hate dry meatloaf. it's such huge disappointment when it's dry.

everyone says one of the tricks to good meatloaf is not to over mix. and another thing everyone says is you have to mix it by hand, i completely agree. so one of my alterations was to use rice chex in lieu of breadcrumbs. rice chex is gluten-free and i have a family member who has celiac disease so that was a big idea for the recipe.

mini meatloaves are also great for freezing and re-heating later. my brother commented that he liked how they look like little footballs. haha, that reminds me of ace ventura.

tomatos or tomatoes? ask dan quayle.

my parents are avid gardeners and we've heaps of tomatoes this summer. so what better thing than to make some roasted tomato soup?

i altered a recipe i found by tyler florence on foodnetwork.com (i JUST killed a spider! eww). i stuck the tomatoes, onions, and garlic in the oven to roast while i ran to the market (yes there were others home in case of a fire, geez) and when i returned i swear to you i could smell the wondrous aroma of it all as i drove up the driveway. swoon!

it was really good even on a hot summer day. my only regret was that we didn't have bread and cheese otherwise i would've had some grilled cheese with it...perfect combo, right?! alas it was solo...

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