Friday, February 26, 2021

Covid Comfort Food

 Hello Everyone,

Since I can't show you what I'm working on, at least I can show you that we are eating.  The other night we had a couple of friends over who we have included in our social bubble for the past year.  Most of us have had one or both of the shots.  I decided to have a Covid Comfort Food Dinner.  Here is the finished product - stuffed meatloaf.

Stuffed Meat Loaf                      

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 lb. ground pork

1 c. dry breadcrumbs

½ c. grated carrots

¼ c. finely chopped onion

2 eggs, beaten

½ c. milk

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

⅛ tsp. pepper

4 oz. mushrooms

2 tblsp. butter

1 tblsp. finely chopped onion

2 c. soft bread crumbs

1 tblsp. chopped fresh parsley

½ tsp. poultry seasoning

¼ tsp. salt

 bacon - optional

©      Mix together ground beef, ground pork, dry breadcrumbs, carrots, ¼ cup onion and eggs. 

©      Add milk, 2 tsp. salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper.  Mix lightly, but well.

©      Place on a double-thick square of greased aluminum foil.  Shape into a 14” x 8” rectangle.

©      Sauté mushrooms, and 1 tblsp. onion in melted butter is small skillet over medium heat.  Combine with soft breadcrumbs, parsley, poultry seasoning and ¼ tsp. salt.

©      Spread stuffing over meat mixture; roll up, starting with the long side.  Press overlapping edge into roll to seal.  Bring foil edges together in a tight double fold on the top.  Fold ends up, using tight, double folds.  Place wrapped meat loaf on rack in shallow pan.

©      Bake in moderate oven (375ᴼ) 1 hour.  Open foil; continue baking for 15 minutes or until loaf browns. I put mine meatloaf under the boiler for a few minutes to brown the bacon.

©      Yield:  6 servings.

 This is what it looked like with the mushroom stuffing.

It rolls up quite easily.

An added bonus was the addition of the bacon.

Voila....dinner and meatloaf sandwiches the next day.

This recipe is from the first cookbook that I owned.  I figured the way to a man's heart was serving him meatloaf.  It seems to have worked over the past 48 years. Who said it wouldn't last?

Those of us of a certain age probably remember the book called The Total Woman by Marabel Morgan. I either read my mom's copy, or she gave me one, which most likely went immediately into the dumpster.  I think I stopped reading when I got to the part about a woman totally surrendering her life to her husband.  Or maybe it was the part about dressing up as a showgirl or cowgirl and meet your husband at the front door when he comes home from work. (Of course I did meet Mr. Joe over my cowboy boots.  Click HERE to read the story.)  Maybe there is something to this cowgirl thing? But really, gag me with a showgirl's fishnet stockings if I met Mr. Joe at the front door dressed as one.  Knowing my luck, it would be the UPS man, and he'd be scarred for life.  

Mr. Joe makes me hot cocoa when I'm machine quilting in the freezing garage, and I make stuffed meatloaf for him. This is truly a marriage made in heaven.



  1. And then, we ATE!! And oh my, it was so yummy! I remember Marabel's instructions to "stamp your feet and shake your curls" when you wanted to get your own way... my copy too has gone to book heaven. Even then, though, much of it brought on gales of laughter.

    1. Nothing like being an independent woman! Thank you for coming over the other night. Fun times with the neighbors.

  2. Oh Lynn....I am so glad you posted this recipe. Otherwise, your readers would have had to break into your cabin to find it!!!! Wow!!! P.S. Probably 35 years ago my sister-in-law borrowed a REAL mink coat from my mother-in-law and went to the airport to pick up her husband at the airport wearing ONLY that and stiletto heels. Needless to say, she told us her husband had a really hard time finding his luggage which was only a carry-on!!!

    1. It's a good thing her car didn't break down!

  3. I never had that book, but I did dress up in cowgirl clothes (which is NOT how I met Mr. Squash) and the first thing my mom taught me how to make was meatloaf which is still my all-time favorite recipe and Mr. Squash loves it! Yes, meatloaf is truly the way to a man's heart *wink!

    1. You are way too independent to own a copy of the me.

  4. This makes me laugh--I have always HATED meatloaf and call it 'dog food' as that what it reminds me of. I've tried a few and they were all 'dog food like' to me. My hubby loved meatloaf and since he wouldn't get it at home, an occasional friend (& my sister) would make him meatloaf now and then. I'm sure yours is just fine but, to me, it's dog food!! LOL Sorry, just had to tell my story.