October 20, 2016
Comfort Food, Dinner, Lunch,
Main Dish, Meatloaf, Beef, Ground Beef, Dairy, Cheese, Feta, Vegetables, Peppers, Greek, North American, Freezer (OAMC), Make-Ahead, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Sunday Dinner, Winter, Food Processor, Hand Mix/Whisk, Oven Bake, Refrigerator, Canned Tomatoes more
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"This is such a fun way to serve meatloaf; and, perfect to entertain with. Also, they are delicious. I use 1 1/2" rings of red bell peppers as the base to hold the meatloaf mixture; then, top the meatloaf with a mix of sun dried tomatoes and Feta cheese. And, I like to set these meatloaf rings on a bed of your favorite mashed potatoes. Personally, I like a mix of creamy potatoes and parsnips; but, couscous, egg noodles, or even rice will work. On the side; sauteed spinach. Note: I use a mix of lamb and beef; however, you can use any mix you like. I know lamb can be expensive; so, I will often use turkey instead of lamb - just for cost or availability. However, lamb, is really best if possible. Prep time does not include time or the meatloaf mix to chill."
Onions ... I like to get a head start with the onions; so, add them to a small bowl with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and microwave 1 minute on medium heat. Then add the garlic, stir; and, cook another 30 seconds. That is all it takes - it's just enough to soften them, without having to saute them. However, you can always saute them if you want; this is a nice shortcut!!
Meatloaf ... Add the bread and milk to a large bowl; and let it set a good 2-3 minutes to absorb all the milk - breaking it up with a fork. Then, add everything (including the onion/garlic mix), except the meat; and, mix to combine. Add the meat (your favorite blend); and, mix by hand, until everything is combined. Try not to over mix. Refrigerate at least 30-60 minutes to firm up.
Rings ... Cut a thin piece off the top and bottom of each pepper; then, cut each pepper in to 3 rings, about 1 1/2" thick each. Usually 4 peppers are plenty; but, depending on the size - sometimes, I need to use 5 peppers. Also, I prefer red bell peppers; as they are a bit sweeter than green bell peppers - just my preference. Also, the pepper rings will be all different sizes; this is normal.
Bake ... Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; and, add the pepper rings. Stuff each pepper ring with the meat mixture; and press down creating a mound in each one. Cover with pan with foil; and bake 30 minutes, in a 350 degree oven, on the middle shelf. Then, uncover and top each pepper with the pureed sun dried tomatoes. Cook another 20 minutes; then, top with a spoon of the Feta cheese, right on top. Bake another 10 minutes. This is an average baking time; so, just keep an eye on them.
Serve and ENJOY! ... Add a spoon of your favorite mashed potatoes; or, you could serve with couscous, noodles, or rice to each plate. Then, top with your stuffed pepper ring. As mentioned, I love sauteed spinach on the side.
Remember, it's just meatloaf; but, it is just a fun way to elevate that 'every day' loaf. Also, it's really fun to entertain with as well.
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