Saturday, August 3, 2013

One-Pot Meatloaf and Potatoes, plus SPECIAL GUEST INGREDIENT

How to make a delicious, home-cooked comfort food meal in a single, magnificent pot (plus SPECIAL GUEST INGREDIENT).

First, watch my friend Martha Stewart's episode with her mother in which they make ketchup from scratch which they then use to make homemade meatloaf fit for a king, or at least for the Kostyras.

Then decide you can do it better, stronger, faster, and proceed as follows:

Blend some tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs and put them in the bread machine.  Henceforth, you will refer to this dramatically as your SPECIAL GUEST INGREDIENT.  Start the jam cycle, then singe yourself looking inside to see why it smells like something is burning.
It got kind of splashy up in there.

Midway thru jam cycle, add vinegar, brown sugar, and some spices, then let it finish. Taste the new-born ketchup and be pleased.  Discover after you remove the pan the reason why it smelled like it was burning.
Yeah, I'm wondering how I'm going to clean that up too.

Put a bunch of new potatoes in the bottom of a stove top pressure cooker, add a couple of cups of water, and salt if you want.
Wash them first.

Smoosh your favorite meatloaf mixture into a steamer basket and place it directly on top of the potatoes. Smother with your delicious homemade ketchup (sadly, not pictured). Lock and load, pressure cook on high for 12 minutes or so.  Quick release pressure to check meat temperature--you're aiming for 155ºF-ish in the center.  Repressurate if needed to reach temp.

Once it is done but before serving, slice off a piece and taste test to see if 2 pounds of meatloaf is going to be enough for 3 people, or if you'll just have to make something else for the rest of the family.
You have to taste it first, you know.  For quality control purposes.

Remove steamer basket full of your personal meatloaf serving, and marvel at the beauty of the perfectly cooked new potatoes in beef broth. Accept family accolades, toot your own horn, and remember that you only used one pot to prepare dinner so you are going to get off easy with kitchen duty tonight.
Nom nom nom.

If, for some reason, you have leftover potatoes, I recommend you do the only honorable thing and turn them into The Pioneer Woman's Crash Hot Potatoes.  You're welcome.

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