Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding

Okay, for Easter dinner I made Banana Pudding. But not JUST the pudding, don't worry. My mother in-law took care of the other items! I'm not going to even try and reglorify this recipe because it is already glorious enough, and the recipe is Paula Deen's and she already has it up on her site with pictures and everything. I'm simply stating that if you haven't yet, make it. Make it now. Go... run to the store and get yourself the ingredients required, make it... leave it over night in the fridge and then eat. You will think you're in heaven (that is, if you like banana's) for a second, it's THAT good. Even if you're not a HUGE banana fan and they're kind of "meh" to you- you'll like this. It's not overly... banana-ey. The recipe is HERE. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Meatloaf - Spicy with a side of sass!

I am not usually a big meatloaf fan, and it is not something I have tried to cook before. I am a huge lover of green chilies, and I tend to put them into as many recipes as I can. That being said...I bet you can guess what I added to my meatloaf that added the perfect kick!

I didn't know where to start with how to make meatloaf, so I researched meatloaf recipes. I decided to use Paula Deen's Old Fashioned Meatloaf as a base, and then I tweaked it. I wanted to add the green chilies and also garlic. I was surprised hers didn't call for that. I also left out the bell pepper she used, namely because I didn't have one. I just used more onion instead. My ingredients list was:

For the Meatloaf
3/4 pound of ground beef
1/2 pound of ground pork (Publix sells these mix together already in their meat department)
1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic (It was a heaping teaspoon)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 lightly beaten egg
1 can of Rotel Tomatoes with Green Chilies - drained
1/2 cup of quick-cooking oats

2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of mustard
1/3 cup of ketchup

Preheat the oven to 375 and lightly spray your baking dish.

Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients together in a bowl. Take the mix and put it in your baking dish and shape into a loaf form. Then, mix together your topping ingredients and spread on the loaf.

Pop it into the oven and cook for about 1 hour. Mine cooked for an hour and ten minutes.

Take it out of the oven and enjoy! We had ours with some garlic mash potatoes and it was perfect. This recipe has a bit of a kick to it, but in the best possible way! This will definitely be made at our house over and over again.