I am Horrible at math. I am a former first grade teacher turned high school teacher who teaches remedial reading to far below basic students....let's keep this in mind for this post shall we? Don't judge me for my poor mathematical skills, just love me for me.
I am SOOOOO excited!! I've been getting some great recipes in my gmail for my Project Wife Wifey Challenge! Thank you, readers! Keep 'em comin'!
My first challenge is from my Kuya's best friend. We call him Big Richard. He's a gentle giant, this guy. People might be scared of him and Kuya says that when they are together, on-lookers think he is his bodyguard.
This guy is one of the most generous guys I know. It's no surprise that he was the FIRST to send his recipe. I forgot to mention that this guy is a Beast in the kitchen. He definitely knows his way around the spice rack.
Project Wifey Wife Week 9- The Savory
Big Richard's Big Meatloaf
3 Tbs of Olive Oil
5 cloves of garlic; minced
1 medium onion; diced
1 red bell pepper; diced
1 yellow bell pepper; diced
2 Large eggs
1 Tbs of dried Thyme
2 lbs of ground beef
1 Portuguese sausage; cut quarter triangles
1 cup panko breading
1/2 cup of Romano or Pamesean cheese; grated
1 1/4 cup of Ketchup
2 Tbs of Balsamic Vinegar plus 1/4 cup for glaze
**Remember... I SUCK at math**
1. Heat oil and saute garlic, onion, and bell peppers until almost soft (about 5 minutes). Salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and Thyme.
I cannot count. 2 does not equal 3 Ms. Joanna.
Cut the sausage into quarter triangles? THE HELL? Ummmm there's isosceles, equilateral..... I.am.lost.
...add meat, sausage, panko, cheese 1/2 of the ketchup.....
crap... what is half of 1 and 1/4 cup.... I was never good at fractions. They hated me and made my life miserable. Why must you follow me and taunt me Fractions! WHY!!!?
2 Tbs of Balsamic Vinegar and mix together with your hands.
"I will get you my pretty...piece of meat."
Add the sauteed veggies.
3. Make the glaze. Mix 3/4 cup of Ketchup and 1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinegar.
1/4 + 1/4 +1/4 = 3/4 right? ::le sigh:: We did not teach fractions in first grade.
Mold meat into loaf and drizzle glaze on top.
4. Spread glaze, cover with foil, and bake at 375 for 1 1/2 hours.
**Note to chef... put another pan underneath to catch drippings... I did this last minute :(**
I served this with easy Garlic Parmesan Smashed Potatoes.