Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cooking Disney: Mom's Meat Loaf and Mashed Potatoes

More often than not, whenever I am at Disney World, I choose my entrees base on whether or not they come with a side of mashed potatoes. Yes, I am a bit obsessed with it. :) Today I finally got around to testing out some Disney recipes I blogged about before. And of course I started with mashed potatoes.

This recipe for mashed potatoes is from Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge, which I have never actually eaten there. I used a tiny bit less butter than it called for and half the milk. It still turned out creamy and delicious and lumpy - just the way I like it.

What goes better with mashed potatoes than meat loaf?

The Mom's Meat Loaf recipe is from 50's Prime Time Cafe, which the hubs and I frequently eat at when we visit Disney's Hollywood Studios. We never had this meat loaf at the restaurant, but I thought I would give it a try. The glaze rocked so I ended up making more to be brushed on top. I really liked the sweet and tangy flavor. Without it, I would say that the meat loaf is nothing special.

I presented the dish restaurant-style with mashed potatoes at the bottom and a slice of meat loaf on top. Overall, the dish was okay, but not as good as I had expected. The hubs loved it, though, so it was all good!

Mom's Meat Loaf:
(recipe)

- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 1/4 cup diced green peppers
- 1/4 cup diced red peppers
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Pepper and salt to taste
- 1/2 cup Meat Loaf Glaze (recipe below)

Dice peppers and onions and set aside for later use. Combine meats and seasonings. Add vegetables. Place meat mixture in oiled loaf pan. Bake at 350ºF oven for 1 hour or when meat is no longer pink at the center.

Brush meatloaf with meatloaf glaze. Bake another 10 minutes. Let meatloaf set 10 minutes, cut loaf and serve.

Meat Loaf Glaze:

- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients until mixture is smooth.

Mashed Potatoes:
(recipe)

- 3 lbs Yukon Gold Whole Potatoes
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large pot, bring the water to boil.
2. Add the potatoes and cook until cooked through, about 40 minutes.
3. After the potatoes are cooked, remove and strain. Remove the skin.
4. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
5. Add butter, milk, salt, & pepper. Mix well until smooth and creamy.
6. Adjust milk and seasoning to taste if necessary.
7. Serve hot.

2 comments:

  1. Lets see...I had two helpings of this stuff around 11 this morning and it was enough to hold me over for the rest of the day. Yeah I did snack a bit at nite, but that's just cuz I'm fat and like to eat, not because I was hungry. But I just couldn't help myself earlier. It's just so damn yummy! My head said, "Alrighty, that was good, but you're full now, move along." This was met by my stomach's, "Wow, meat covered in savory sauce and no damn bread or veggie to get in the way, load up NOW!" These kinda dishes are exotic to us Chinese folk.

    So yeah, the tummy won out and I'm sitting here in bed 10 hours later with a bulge in my belly. Good stuff. Add to menu please, danku.

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  2. I take back on my comment about this dish being just "okay".

    I had it as leftover the next day and it tasted so good!

    I think the key is smaller portion. The next day, the hubs and I splited what was maybe 1.5 servings between the two of us. We didn't overeat and had a side of veggies with it. So good, will make it again for sure.

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