Tag Archives: Meat

Bacon-Wrapped Beer Meatloaf

10 Apr

When you start thinking of Southern comfort foods, a nice meatloaf might cross your mind.  If you never had meatloaf growing up, you have been deprived! It’s a pretty simple dish to make and can be tweaked for your taste buds. In this case, a recipe for “beer meatloaf” caught my attention when searching through Pinterest.

bacon-wrapped meatloaf

Bacon!

Then try kicking this recipe up a notch and wrap the meatloaf in bacon! YUM! Turns out, the bacon not only tasted delicious, but it really helped keep all the juices in the meatloaf and prevented it from drying out. Also, don’t worry about using all the meats used in this recipe; if you’re not a fan of veal or ground turkey, then just stick to ground beef or ground pork.

Glaze

This glaze is pretty spectacular as well. It’s just the perfect balance between sweet and tangy. If you’re not too sure about it, then just cook the glaze in a small pot or sauce pan on your stove top, and pour it over your piece of meatloaf later. But between the beer, the bacon, and the ketchup-based topping, this meatloaf makes for a pinperfect dish. Add some mashed potatoes on the side, and you’ll have a real comfort meal.

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Chimichurri and Parsley Potatoes

20 Mar

If you’ve ever gone to a Spanish or Latin restaurant and ordered some sort of steak, you’ve probably tried chimichurri at some point. Being Hispanic myself, chimichurri is almost always a must whenever making steaks. Since I’m away from home, I figured I could look up a chimichurri recipe on Pinterest and see if it matches up to my mom’s. As a side dish, I usually just make baked potatoes to go with my steak, but I figured I’d try something new while I was testing recipes.

Chimichurri

When I found this pin for a chimichurri recipe, I thought it mirrored my mom’s pretty well but with a few added ingredients. I don’t think I’ve ever made chimichurri with red wine vinegar, oregano, or red pepper flakes, but you can’t knock it ‘til you try it right? Overall, it was pretty good. But I have to admit, I’m just too accustomed to my mom’s recipe and still think hers is the best chimichurri I’ve ever had. I think it was a mix of the oregano and the red wine vinegar that kind of threw my taste buds off.

Chimichurri

Potatoes

The potatoes were a piece of cake to make, and I just used the extra parsley from the chimichurri (thinking ahead). Also, instead of using baby potatoes, I just used regular sized potatoes and cut them into chunks.

Parsley Potatoes

Enjoy

Cook up some simple steaks, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine or sweet tea, and this dish is absolutely pinperfect! I would also suggest looking around through some other chimichurri recipes and trying a few so you can decide which you like best.

Chimichurri & Parsley Potatoes

Lasagna Roll Ups

28 Feb

Homemade Italian… Yum!

Who doesn’t like Italian food? Honestly, there are very few people who are not fans of the rich, flavorful, sometimes spicy cuisine. Unfortunately, for most of us, the fanciest our Italian cooking has every gotten is chicken alfredo or a lemon-butter sauce. Very few would attempt the laborious task of homemade lasagna.

But when I found this pin for lasagna roll ups, I just had to try! Instead of creating layers, you simply roll up each piece of lasagna and each roll is a perfect single serving. But don’t be fooled! This does NOT take away from the time-consuming aspect of making lasagna.

ImageI made the meat sauce from scratch. Grated the cheese and chopped the parsley for the cheese sauce. And carefully stirred the pasta as it boiled. Once everything was cooked and ready, I spread the cheese and sauce onto each noodle and rolled it up and placed it in the dish.

Personalize It

I only made a few alterations to the recipe I found on Pinterest. I added Italian sausage to the ground beef to give it some extra flavor (if you like spicy, use spicy Italian sausage). I also skipped out on running the ground beef through the food processor (just sounded weird & unnecessary to me).

I must say this dish was ABSOLUTELY pinperfect! Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve had homemade lasagna from actual Italian families, and this lasagna was pretty high up there. I must warn you though, this meal is not for your average Tuesday night dinner. I would save it for a more special occasion (unless Tuesday nights are your thing).

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Individual Lasagna Roll