November 19, 2020
Everyone’s got a meatloaf recipe in their family. For some, it’s a dry and tasteless budget meal they care never to dig into again. For others, mom’s meatloaf evokes memories of cozy winter evenings around the dinner table, followed by leftovers like tasty meatloaf sandwiches.
Meatloaf: easy meal for busy families
Meatloaf has been around in various forms for centuries. In medieval Europe, using scraps from around the kitchen was common for creating leftover meals. We’ve evolved. Since then into creating a more purposeful meatloaf, with the goal of making is moist and flavourful. That’s why a good meatloaf has a few must haves. You need a filler like oatmeal or bread crumbs to keep moisture in, dairy like eggs and milk to help keep the proteins in the meatloaf from shrinking and drying out, the meat like basic beef or lamb, bison, ostrich or just about any other meat that catches your eye, and a tasty topping which helps keep it moist and adds flavour and dimension.
Let Calgary Co-op do the work!
While making meatloaf at home can be easy, sometimes you just don’t have time. That’s where Calgary Co-op’s new Meatloaf Muffins come in. These little individual gems give you all the taste and tenderness of a great meatloaf, but without the work. These Meatloaf Muffins are found in the meat department and they’re incredibly versatile and already have the perfect blend of homestyle spices mixed in. Use them for individual meatloaf meals, or as the base for hearty meatloaf sandwiches.
Whether you need meals fast, to prepare a big feast or something the whole family will love, Co-op’s Meatloaf Muffins should be on your grocery list this week. We’ve got amazing ideas on how to use them, starting with our Pepper Jack Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Muffins with Roasted Little Potatoes. Craving something warm and cozy as winter weather takes hold? These Cornbread Crusted Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers with Little Nugget Potatoes have a great southwestern flavour profile that’s sure to please even picky eaters. Or, go traditional with our Meatloaf Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Cheese Sauce.
Meatloaf doesn’t have to be a dried out, bland meal. By choosing Co-op’s high quality Meatloaf Muffins as your meal base you’re in for a tasty, simple supper that also makes dynamite leftovers.
Meatloaf Sandwich with Caramelized Onions
4 Co-op Meatloaf Muffins
3 onions, sliced
¾ cup shredded Mexican cheese
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
4 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. oil
4 submarine buns
cayenne pepper to taste
Tabasco to taste
salt and pepper
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Place meatloaf muffins in the oven and bake for 25-35 minutes until they reach 155°F.
3. While meatloaf is baking, heat oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat.
4. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes until brown and caramelized.
5. In another pan, heat milk on medium heat.
6. Combine cornstarch and water in a bowl to make a slurry.
7. Add to milk and cook until thickens.
8. Add the shredded cheese and melt to incorporate the cheese. (It may look split.)
9. Place in a blender and blend on high to combine.
10. Season with cayenne, Tabasco, salt and pepper.
11. Remove meatloaf from the oven, slice and place onto submarine buns.
12. Top with caramelized onions and smother with cheese sauce.
What’s for dinner tonight? Sometimes we all feel like just making the same old same old is good enough.
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