Sunday Night Dinner: Sun-dried Tomatoes

This week I decided to move away from the fresh produce I’ve been buying at the market to try one of the numerous other products sold there: sun-dried tomatoes.  Sun-dried tomatoes are actually pretty easy to make at home—just cut up a few tomatoes, remove the seeds, toss with salt, and bake the heck out of them!  If you prefer to dry them in the sun, though, it could take 4-10 days…

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I love sun-dried tomatoes, but I wanted to do something different than the typical pasta dish, so I found this delicious meatloaf recipe here—VERY flavorful and definitely a new favorite 🙂  The original recipe makes 2 loaf pans that each serve 6, but that’s way too much for me.  Instead, I halved the recipe and formed the meat into 6 mini-loaves.  I baked 2 and froze 4 to take out for dinner another time, so not only is the recipe tasty, it’s also convenient for me!  I also found the ketchup in France to be surprisingly good…

 Ingredients:
1 egg (lightly beaten)
½ medium onion, chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried basil (or 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves)
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, diced
½ cup ketchup plus extra for top
½ cup oatmeal (or seasoned breadcrumbs)
1 pound ground beef

Instructions:

1. Add all of the ingredients except the meat to a large bowl and thoroughly combine with a spoon.

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2. Combine ground beef with the mixture—I used my hands!

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3. Divide the mixture in whichever fashion you prefer—6 mini-loaves, 1 large loaf pan (sprayed lightly with cooking spray), or even meatballs.

Two to bake and four to freeze

Two to bake and four to freeze

4. Spread additional ketchup on top, if desired.

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5. Bake in a 350F (180C) oven—40 minutes for mini-loaves, 1 hour for a large loaf, less for meatballs.

To accompany my mini meatloaf, I made baked fries seasoned with oil, salt, pepper, and paprika (baked in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 425F oven for about 20-25 minutes) and simple steamed green beans (also from the market) with butter.

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DELICIOUS

I froze my 4 remaining loaves by leaving them on a baking tray in the freezer overnight and then wrapping them in saran wrap and placing them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.

 

French word for today:
tomber en panne (tom-BAY en PAHN)- to crash (in a computer sense)
Le système est encore tombé en panne. Il faut que je redémarre l’ordinateur.
Windows crashed again.  I have to reboot my computer.

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