MINI ITALIAN MEATLOAF WITH MINI PARMESAN AND GREEN ONION POTATO GRATIN
There is always a good feeling of delight with anything that is made and served just for you. You need not to share it with anybody else (not that I encourage greediness), but somehow, having something intended just for your own consumption (vain as this may sound) makes one feel very special in one form or another.
This plate, was a bit of a form of parody for me. An American-Italian entree (Meatloaf) paired with a French side dish (Pommes de Terre Gratinees) cooked by an Asian (Me)! @@ :)
1 lb lean ground beef
2 slices whole wheat bread, processed in the food processor (fresh bread crumbs)
4 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 large egg
1 medium size red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup marinara sauce, or flavored spaghetti sauce or ketchup (if you prefer)
- to spread on top of the meatloaves before baking.
Procedure: Preheat oven at 375’F
1. Combine all meatloaf ingredients together in a bowl (with the exception of the marinara sauce which will be spread on top of the meatloaves before those go in the oven).
2. Divide the meat mixture into four and form into oval loaves.
3. Spread the Marinara Sauce over the loaves. Bake for 30 minutes.
4. Once baked, cover with foil to keep warm.
3 medium size potatoes, scrubbed, peeled and thinly sliced (2.5 cm)
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup cream
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons green onion, thinly sliced (+ 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling before serving)
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Procedure: Preheat oven at 375’F
Note: I used a Yorkshire Pudding baking pan to bake these mini potato gratins. If you have similar baking pans to which you can make small individual serving, that will be great. Otherwise, you can bake and gratinate this dish in a shallow 6 inch cake tin, or even a pie plate.
1. In a small sauce pan, heat butter and saute the garlic until soft about 2 minutes. Add the thinly sliced green onions and saute for a minute.
2. Add the cream into the sauteed mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
3. Brush the bottoms of the baking pan with butter and arrange the first layer of potatoes. Spread a quarter of the cream mixture over the first layer and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
4. Repeat the process in #3 until all the slices of potatoes are laid in the pan, finishing off with the last remaining cream sauce and generously sprinkling the top with grated Parmesan cheese.
5. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes (if you are making mini servings) or 35-40 minutes (if you are making a family style serving) or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife and tops are beautifully browned.
6. Before serving sprinkle each disk with the reserved green onions. Serve with the meatloaf and a simple green salad.
GUEST POST FRIDAY: LET US ALL TAKE A TOUR OF SPAIN
For my second GUEST POST FRIDAY, I invited Laura B. Fernández (lalitab- tumblr blog) to take us around Spain and share some of her photos of Spanish food (chorizos, cheeses, empanadas and pastries) she snaps at artisan markets in Madrid and Palencia, and pictures of the places she walks and visits as a traveling Senora.
I discovered her blog, two months ago, I believe. I was instantly hypnotized by her photos of huge bundles and wheels of cheeses (I am a cheese fiend!) and from then on, her blog became one of my favorite blogs that combines both travel and food.
Made in Spain mother of three. I´m not a musician,but I play cello. I´m not a photographer,but I love taking photos. I´m not a chef,but I cook and will share pics and recipes. Love reading,and the smell of books. I´m an eager soul.
I didn´t know how to cook until I met my future husband ten years ago. I fell in love with him and wanted to be better in what sums up to be lil´ol me. So I got my driving license at the age of 25, started playing my cello again, began cooking, and I´m planning on going to college next year if all goes well. So, basically I´m taking my second chances and not letting them go. I´m a good example of “you are never too old to keep learning”.
Photography is my hobby, cuz I´m self taught, I´m no photographer, I wish I was! It started because I love my country, and my city, and it has so much potential- so many beautiful places, people and gastronomy that you only have to push the button and you´ll have a wonderful picture.
And there´s the food. I´ve met a bunch of wonderful men and woman from East to West in Spain, people from different provinces, of whom I borrowed recipes and cooking knowledge, thanks to the great trips we (my three sisters and my parents) used to make through Spain when I was younger, and now when hubs takes us to explore the Spanish map whenever we can. - Laura
Laura graciously shared her recipe for authentic Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette)
I decided to do a GUEST POST FRIDAY to share with you all some of the works of people I know personally or I have discovered and met here in blogosphere who are all brilliantly creative and talented.
As some of you might now noticed, I am a huge fan of great photographers. And aside for food and cooking, photography is my third passion in life. When I visit some of my friends (professional and hobby photographers) albums, I always, always go "geek ballistic" on raving about their brilliant works. Knowing myself and my limited space for self-containment of my geeky enthusiasm to let the rest of the world know the awesome things I see and discover, I decided that it is about the right time for me to do guest posts to share and showcase the beautiful things I see, delicious recipes and smart sentiments from people I find truly with a gift of awesome creativity and mind.
For my very first Guest Post Friday, I asked my dearest friend Roxane to share some of her beautiful photographs from her travels to the most remote places (obscure yet dramatically, even poetically stunning) here in the Philippines.
(In this photo: Roxane Almario)
Roxane and I met when we were in college. We were roommates for 3 years. I was a Conservatory of Music student (Yes, I was a singer in my former life… bet you didn’t see that coming! lol), while she was a Bachelor of Arts student, who then after finishing the course, pursued a Master’s Degree in Sociology… she is the epitome of gorgeousness and smartness in my book! We’ve been friends for years now. I love her to death! :)
She travels around the country doing researches on indigenous groups/tribes. She is a brilliant photographer who always tell a story through her travel photography.
I always tell her, “Please take me along with you to those obscure places you go to?!” But sadly, we haven’t seen each other for almost 5 or 6 years now. And we always say we miss each other a lot. She is always there for me, supports me, even regardless of distance. I on the other hand will always be proud of her and her sublime qualities as a person. :)
All photographs are owned and copyrighted by Roxane Almario.